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Today's News

  • FYI - July 26, 2013

    RATON (AP) — The Raton Range, a biweekly newspaper, has ceased publication. In a letter on the newspaper’s website, publisher Paula Murphy apologizes to readers for failing to deliver Friday editions, citing the high costs of printing and the shrinking population in Raton. She says the company is saddled “with so much debt that it would take the glory days of advertising revenue to pay it back.” She says she is working on a potential option for saving the publication.

  • Rally worth our support

    Las Vegas will once again play host to the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally this weekend, and that’s great news for our city and for the local economy.

    If past years are any indication, our hotels and motels will be overflowing, our restaurants will be bustling and local gas stations will see a nice increase in business as well. The event draws thousands of visitors to Las Vegas, visitors who, besides spending money at hotels, restaurants and service stations, shop at many other local stores.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 24, 2013
  • Work of Art — On tipping waiters

    BRANSON, MO. —The only things we ordered at an Irish pub in Branson, Mo., last week were a couple of chicken Philly sandwiches, a Ruben and spaghetti. It began as no big deal. But it grew.

    Let me explain:

  • Robbers to host playoff games

    Dillon Usiak’s three-RBI home run in the first inning provided all the offense the Las Vegas Train Robbers would need for an 8-1 win over Raton on Sunday at Rodriguez Park.

    Randy Wells, who’d gotten on with a one-out double, and Adam Kam, who was hit by a pitch, were on board when Chris Wilson singled to drive in the game’s first run.

    Then came Usiak, who was ahead 3-1 in the count when he drilled a shot that would hold up as the game-winner.

  • A Star is born - Endemann playing pro ball in LSFL while also being a family guy

    When his days playing football for New Mexico Highlands came to a close, Andy Endemann had no intention of hanging up his cleats.

    The hulking (6-3, 305 lbs.) but good-natured Endemann stayed active, signing up to play rugby locally with the Vatos, a club that has over the years represented a way for many NMHU athletes to continue competitive sport beyond their years of intercollegiate eligibility.

  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — KAGEN HOPKINS

    KAGEN HOPKINS ... No. 37 ... Pitcher
    Birthdate: June 17, 1991
    Hometown: Vacaville, Calif.
    Achievement: Started in D-II College World Series
    Academic degree: B.A. in psychology
    Favorite MLB team: Atlanta Braves
    Favorite MLB player: Greg Maddux
    Favorite baseball movie: “The Sandlot”
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Eddie Medina
    Favorite music artist: Dave Matthews Band
    Favorite TV show: “Game of Thrones”
    Favorite book: “American Assassin,” by Vince Flynn

  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — RANDY WELLS

    RANDY WELLS ... No. 5 ... Second base
    Birthdate: Dec. 29, 1987
    Hometown: Pittsburg, Calif.
    Notable achievement: Pecos League single-season hits record, 2012
    Academic degree: B.S., business, management
    Baseball hero: Derek Jeter, Joe DiMaggio
    Favorite baseball movie: “Bull Durham”
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Sushi (Hebisawa)
    Who would play you in a movie? Jeremy Renner
    Who would play Casey Dill? Matt Damon
    Hidden talent: Piano
    Favorite music artist: Jason Aldean

  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — ADAM KAM

    ADAM KAM ... No. 25 ... First base
    Birthdate: July 31, 1991
    Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.
    Baseball hero: Chuck Fontana
    Favorite MLB team: Yankees
    Favorite baseball movie: “Major League”
    Favorite Pecos League away city: Santa Fe
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Eddie Medina
    Favorite thing about Vegas: Road games, Allsup’s, Dick’s
    Who would play you in a movie? Leonardo DiCaprio
    Who would play Casey Dill? Joe Pesci

  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — RYAN LAUER

    RYAN LAUER ... No. 15 ... Catcher
    Birthdate: Sept. 21, 1987
    Hometown: Chico, Calif.
    Baseball hero: “My dad”
    Favorite MLB team: San Francisco Giants
    Favorite non-baseball athlete: Hope Solo
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Randy Wells
    Achievement: Hit two home runs on mom’s birthday
    Favorite song, 1970s: “Rock N Roll,” Led Zeppelin
    Favorite song, 1990s: “I Believe I Can Fly,” R Kelly
    Favorite TV show: “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”