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Today's News

  • Bright on the diamond

    After playing 46 softball games and laboring through hundreds of hours of practice and logging hundreds of miles on the road this spring and summer, members of the Las Vegas Xplosion — also known as the Las Vegas Little League Juniors All-Stars — still aren’t ready for the offseason.

    “I asked them if they wanted to take the fall off, and they said, ‘Heck, no!,’” noted Michael Quintana, one of the team’s coaches.

    Success, it seems, does wonders to whet the appetite.

  • Prep practices announced

    Robertson High School volleyball is beginning official practice with two sessions on Monday, Aug. 12, at Mike Marr Gym. The sessions are from 7 to 8 a.m. and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Contact head coach Judith Trujillo for more information.

    Memorial Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball practice will begin at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the school, Trujillo said.

  • NMHU volleyball hosts youth camp

    New Mexico Highlands’ volleyball coaching staff is inviting area volleyball players in grades 3-8 to a camp Monday and Tuesday at the Wilson Complex.

    Grades 3-5 ($15) will attend 9:30-11 a.m.; grades 6-8 ($25) attend 1-3 p.m. Check-in is a half hour before each session.

    Registration is available online at bryancrawfordvolleyballcamps.com.

    Call 454-3206 for more information.

  • Youth soccer deadline Saturday

    Deadline to register your children for Las Vegas Youth Soccer League’s upcoming season is Saturday, Aug. 10.

    Cost per player is $50, which covers uniform (except shinguards and cleats) and player fees. Registration may be completed online at lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or in person at Desertgate on Bridge Street during the workday.

    First practices may be scheduled later this month. The fall 2013 game schedule begins in early September and runs through October. A spring season is also included.

  • Crespin’s to host boxing Aug. 17

    Crespin’s Boxing Promotions will be hosting “Crespin’s Boxing Showdown,” a night of fights on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the gym at 900 West Valencia.

    Weigh-ins will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. that day. First bout is due to start at 5 p.m. Call 429-4068 for details.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 9, 2013

    Friday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Saturday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Sunday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Monday
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Tecolote vs. Blaze, 6 p.m., Vegas Boyz vs. Balls Deep, 7:15 p.m., Yo Momma vs. Blaze (makeup game), 8:30 p.m.; women’s division games, Bud vs. Lady Hackers, 6 p.m., Lady Jags vs. Bud, 7:30 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

    Tuesday
    Softball

  • Area man accused of rape

    A Las Vegas man is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond after a woman reported that he got into her vehicle on Chavez Street early Saturday morning, forced her to drive away and then raped her.

    Anthony Ray Esquibel, 35, of the 500 block of Chavez Street has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual penetration, all third-degree felonies, and with a single count of false imprisonment. After taking the report, Las Vegas police arrested Esquibel, who, according to court documents is known to go by the alias “Spooky.”

  • Original compositions on tap - Music spectacle will dazzle

    Las Vegas will experience a different type of music this weekend as part of the Meadow City Music Festival. Las Vegas native and Robertson High School class of 2000 graduate, Mark Winston, has been dazzling audiences in Chicago for years and on Saturday, his fellow Meadow City natives and visitors will have a chance to hear his artistic musical creations.

  • Lawyers say Luna chair can’t be axed

    Attorneys for the state Higher Education Department and the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority are warning the Luna Community College Board of Trustees that attempting to oust their chairman before the next board election would be a violation of state law.

    In separate letters to college officials dated Aug. 1, those attorneys say state law is clear on the issue. Their interpretation backs up the legal opinion proffered by Tony Ortiz, the school’s own attorney at the last board meeting.

  • Court dismisses funding appeal

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Behavioral health providers under investigation for possible overbillings, mismanagement and fraud lost an appeal Monday of a ruling that allows New Mexico to continue to withhold Medicaid payments.

    Among the providers affected is TeamBuilders, which has an office in Las Vegas.

    The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver dismissed the appeal by eight nonprofit providers.