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Today's News

  • Rio Rancho JV runners also dominate

    Las Vegas Optic
    More results from this past weekend’s Meadow City Invitational cross country meet held at the Gene Torres Golf Course:

    HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY BOYS
    1. Deven Paredes, Rio Rancho, 16:24
    2. Noah Dodd, Rio Rancho, 16:47
    3. Trevor Amestoy, Rio Rancho, 17:13
    4. David Ogden, Rio Rancho, 17:56
    5. Zach Allen, Rio Rancho, 17:56
    6. Meint Agena, Rio Rancho, 18:10
    7. Thomas Mitchell, Maxwell, 18:29
    8. Jason Montgomery, Rio Rancho, 18:59
    9. Anthony Pedemore, Rio Rancho, 19:17

  • Go Fish - Oct. 4, 2013

    FISHING REPORT, Oct. 1
    Charette Lakes: Due to low water levels only small boats are being launched here and with some difficulty.  
    Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake on Monday was 6.3 cfs. With low water conditions the best bet was pocket waters again this past week. Trout fishing was rated as fair to good by anglers using caddis, bead-head pheasant tails, copper John Barrs and worms.  

  • Mushball benefit Saturday

    A co-ed mushball tournament to benefit local softball standout Megan Esquibel — as she raises funds for a select camp in Oklahoma City — will be held Saturday in town. Registration is $10 per player, $100 per team. The tourney is double elimination, and at least three girls must be on the field for a team at all times. Registration runs though Friday. For more information and to register, call Julie, 426-7526.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 4, 2013

    Friday
    Football
    • Robertson at Ruidoso, 7 p.m., Ruidoso
    • West Las Vegas at Laguna Acoma, 7 p.m., TBA
    Soccer
    • NMHU women at Colorado School of Mines, 7 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas at Portales tournament, TBA, Portales

    Saturday
    Cross country
    • NMHU at Chile Pepper Festival, 9 a.m., Fayetteville, Ark.
    • Mora at Santa Fe Indian John Grimley Memorial, 9 a.m., Cochiti

  • Federal furloughs begin

    Optic Staff and Wire

    As Congress continued to bicker over the federal budget on Tuesday, Fort Union National Monument Superintendent Charles Strickfaden was busy executing a contingency plan to shut down the monument.

  • Council awards road fix bid

    The City Council voted unanimously Monday to award a bid to Franken Construction for work on five streets damaged by water crews.

    City Public Works Director told the Council during a special meeting that Franken Construction submitted a bid of $178,788 for the project and was the lowest of three bidders.

  • Fun at the Refuge - ‘Mission Fly Away’

    Just days before the federal government shut down, the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge hosted two events. Thursday morning, seventh grade Memorial Middle School students  and refuge staff released 162 Monarch chrysalis as part of the “Mission Fly Away” Monarch Butterfly program sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Debbie Pike, the visitors services manager, Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said the students learned about pollination, migration, and the importance of habitat for the butterflies.

  • Free flu shot clinic is Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office will host its first flu shot clinic of the season from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas. The immunization clinic is open to the public and free of charge.

  • Optic brings home 13 Press Association awards

    Staff and Wire

    The Las Vegas Optic won 13 awards at this weekend’s Press Association Convention in Bernalillo.

    The 2012-13 NMPA APME Better Newspaper Contest awards were handed out during the 105th annual NMPA convention at a Santa Ana Pueblo resort on Saturday. The contest received more than 1,777 entries, the highest turnout in contest history. Judging was completed by the Wyoming Press Association.

    The contest is sponsored jointly by the New Mexico Press Association and the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 2, 2013

    In 1963