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Today's News

  • Locals go the distance

    Dramatic tape-measure shots played a key role in strong performances by the Robertson and West Las Vegas baseball teams this past weekend.

    The Cardinals captured a championship in a St. Michael’s tournament with wins over Española, Capital and Valencia — all Class 4A schools — in Santa Fe.

    And the Dons came back from a close defeat to Hope Christian by beating Kirtland Central and Cobre to take fifth place in the Aztec tournament.

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  • Bradley says she needed break

    While she acknowledges that her team’s early exit from this year’s state tournament was a disappointment, Aunna Bradley said her resignation from the Robertson girls’ basketball job she’d held for nearly a decade was in the works well before that.

    “I’ve been thinking about it for a few years,” she said. “I’m just tired ... I love basketball, and I don’t want it to get to the point that I don’t.”

  • Cage fights enthrall crowd

    A capacity crowd of mixed martial arts fans turned out to watch the aptly named “Vegas Fight Night” Friday at the Night Owl.

    “It was sold out to capacity,” said promoter Leroy “Tusa” Ortega. “I’m not sure what (attendance number) the fire department stopped it at. But we had to turn a few people away at the door.”

    The card was loaded with Meadow City fighters.

  • Looking ahead

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC at Trinidad State JC (DH), noon, Trinidad, Colo.
    Softball
    • LCC at Adams State JV (DH), 2 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • WLV Gents at Estancia (DH), 3 p.m., Estancia
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas at St. Michael’s Invite, TBA, Santa Fe

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 3 p.m., Brandt Park

  • FYI

    La Plaza Little League will have one final registration day from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at La Plaza fields. Ongoing registration is still available through Robert Alarcon (429-0963), Art Mondragon (617-5851), and Ernest Mondragon (429-0537).

  • RHS netters shock La Cueva

    A rare upset of Class 5A La Cueva was a prize in and of itself for the Robertson girls’ tennis team over the weekend.

    The Lady Cardinals took two singles and one doubles matches with the Bears to tally a 3-2 win as part of the Albuquerque Public Schools Duals. Juliana Guerin stopped Ali Warner 6-0, 6-1, while Miranda Garcia beat Kim Coffing 6-3, 6-2. In doubles, Victoria Gomez and Victoria Urrutia bested Ingrid Chavez and Rebecca Jenks in a tiebreaker, 6-2, 6-7, 10-8.

  • Cowgirls, Skyhawks split series

    The New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls gained some traction in its uphill battle within the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball standings, earning a four-game split at Fort Lewis over the weekend.

    The Cowgirls (6-19, 3-13 RMAC) lost Sunday’s opener 8-7 but closed out the set with a win.

    Game two — and the finale of the two-day series — saw the Cowgirls storm to an 8-1 win.

  • Optic moving online content behind paywall

    The Las Vegas Optic is moving toward a subscriber-based website, beginning Monday.
    Visitors to lasvegasoptic.com will need to buy a subscription to have full access to all content on the website. Free limited access options will also be available.

    The change will have no impact on Optic readers who get their news, advertising and information only from the newspaper’s hardcopy editions. Subscribers who wish also to have full online access to the Optic’s content need only to register for the service.

  • City water fight rages on

    The ongoing fight between the city of Las Vegas and the acequias over water rights on the Rio Gallinas rages on, and the battleground right now appears to be the court of public opinion.

    Acequia users in recent weeks have used the radio airwaves and the newspaper opinions page to spread their message. Wednesday evening, they went a step further, showing up at the City Council meeting and appealing to the city’s governing body to settle the dispute through mediation rather than litigation.

  • Gov. grateful for legislative victories

    By Barry Massey and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez wrapped up her first legislative session Saturday, feeling grateful that she was able to make good on at least some of her campaign promises to trim state spending, crack down on criminals and start reforming New Mexico’s education system.