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Today's News

  • For first time, Luna softball in postseason

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College softball team set several goals at the beginning of its season. Over the weekend, the Rough Rider women marked the achievement of a big one — they made the postseason.

    It is the first time in the school’s five-year softball history that they made postseason play.

  • Dodgers call up Dee Gordon

    Albuquerque Isotopes

    The Los Angeles Dodger recalled shortstop Dee Gordon Saturday after sending Hanley Ramirez to the 15-day disabled list. Gordon is making his third stint with the Dodgers.

    The 25-year-old Florida native made his Major League debut for the Dodgers in 2011 on June 6 at Philadelphia. He has a career .260 batting average (137-for-527) in the big leagues and has stolen 56 bases. Gordon appeared in 143 big league games in 2011-12.

  • Little League - May 6, 2013

    Las Vegas Little League’s upcoming games are as follows. All LVLL games are played at Keyes Park.

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Monday games: Mariners vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Cardinals vs. Orioles, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday games: Angels vs. Yankees, 5:30 p.m.; Reds vs. Mariners, 7:30 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Monday games: Paw Sox vs. Thunder, 6:15 p.m.; Sandgnats vs. Owlz, 7:45 p.m.
    Tuesday games: Bats vs. Threshers, 6:15 p.m.; Rivercats vs. Red Wings, 7:45

  • Correction - Sports - May 6, 2013

    The April 24 edition of the Optic incorrectly reported that the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos rugby team qualified for nationals in the college division. The team competes in the men’s open Division III and qualified for nationals after winning both the Rio Grande Union title and the Arizona-New Mexico regional title. Coach and adviser Dick Greene said the Vatos are now three wins away from a televised national championship game.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 6, 2013

    Monday
    Baseball
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Las Vegas Little League games
    Tee-ball
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Las Vegas Little League games
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC Outdoor Championships, TBA

  • Victim: Dog told to attack

    By Karl Moffatt and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas woman says an acquaintance flagged her down onto a property on the 1400 block of 10th Street on Saturday evening and that the woman then sicked her pit bull on her.

    Rene Maestas said she was unable to run away from the dog and that as it was biting her, the woman who flagged her down began pummeling her.

  • Mora Republican decries ordinance

    Mora County’s Republican Chairman is decrying the ordinance banning oil and gas extraction in that county.

    The law, dubbed the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance, passed by a 2-1 vote of the Mora County Commission on Monday. The Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund said in a news release that Mora is the first county in the country to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.

    Frank F. Trambley, the chairman of the Mora County Republican Party issued a blistering statement criticizing the move.

  • Highlands retools grad requirements

    New Mexico Highlands University regents signed off last week on a plan to reduce the number of upper division credit hours required to graduate from the current 51 to 45, and regents also approved a measure that will allow the university to waive the two-credit- hour physical education requirement for student athletes.

  • Ex-altar boy says priest raped him

    A former altar boy at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish has come forward, alleging that a priest molested and raped him for several years beginning in 1985.

    The San Miguel County man is among three new plaintiffs alleging sexual abuse at the hands of the now-deceased Rev. Michael O’Brien.

    The local plaintiff is identified only as John Doe 3. He is in his early 40s and is married and has children, according to a lawsuit filed in state District Court in Albuquerque last week.

  • No need to travel far - Morphy Lake fishing looks good

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    With the water level at Storrie Lake dropping with each passing day and no end in sight, Las Vegas area anglers might have to look elsewhere to find any decent fishing this season.

    They won’t have to go too far, as Morphy Lake is just up the road in the cool pines above Mora where there’s still a decent supply of water and the fishing has been great of late.