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Today's News

  • FYI - Sports

    City of Las Vegas presents Spring Road Running: Spring Running is a fun program designed to teach the basics of running. Recreation staff will provide instruction, which includes stretching exercises, running techniques, running games, timed races and cool down techniques. This five-week program will let you kick up your heels and shake off the winter cobwebs. Participants will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Learn how running can be a fun and healthy lifetime activity.

  • Cowboys blow out Mines in series finale

    The Highlands Cowboys scored enough runs in nine innings on Sunday to win the entire series at Colorado School of Mines. But the 14-0 beatdown counted for only one victory in the four-game set held at Darden Field in Golden, Colo.

    NMHU improved to 16-20 overall and 10-17 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while Mines slipped to 11-24 and 9-17.

    Highlands outslugged the Orediggers 21-2 and led 8-0 through three innings.

  • Cowgirls finish strong, split

    Ashley Paiz’s steady pitching effort, backed by pretty good hitting from her teammates, ensured that Western New Mexico would not go home with a sweep.

    The New Mexico Highlands softball team won 10-2 in Sunday’s finale of a four-game series at Cowgirl Field.

    Paiz, who pitched a complete six innings in a game ended by the eight-run rule, had one of her better performances of the season. She held the Mustangs to two earned runs on four hits and no walks, striking out two.

  • Elite continues streak

    Submitted to the Optic

    In 9-10 youth baseball this past weekend, the Las Vegas Elite faced the Yellow Jackets with a shot of redemption on the line — and didn’t disappoint.  

    The Elite’s only loss of the season was to the Yellow Jackets on the first game of the season

    This time the Elite was ready this time, beginning with leadoff batter Caleb “Lubby” Marrujo who hit a double to center field.  Robert Silva, up next, hit it to the outfield, scoring Marrujo.

  • $9M verdict in civil lawsuit

    A Raton woman who suffered severe heart damage after her heart attack went undiagnosed for more than a day in 2006 won a multi-million judgment against three doctors on Friday.

    A San Miguel County jury found the three physicians —Misbah Zmily of Raton, Stephanie Hedstrom of Albuquerque and Lee Caruana of Raton — negligent in their handling of Bryanna Baker’s medical treatment. The eight-woman, four-man jury set compensatory damages at $9 million.

  • Gascon Toddler drowned

    A 2-year old Mora County boy died after falling into a septic tank last week, authorities said.

    Family members told police that Micah Martinez had been playing in the yard in Gascon on Tuesday. When family members called him for dinner, he did not respond, and they started searching the property for him.

    He was found floating in the open septic tank, state police said in a news release.

    He was pronounced dead at Alta Vista Medical Center.

  • Backyard Paradise

    Jan Arrott's home is surrounded by wide open spaces and the throngs of birds that flock to the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.

    “I consider this my paradise,” says Arrott, who bought her home and land near the refuge in the late 1990s.

    Walk onto her property, and you are welcomed by the sounds of the birds she feeds daily. Arrott, an avid bird watcher, enjoys watching the birds that migrate to the area.

  • Former corrections official indicted

    ALBUQUERQUE. — A former New Mexico Corrections Department official accused of accepting $237,080 in bribes from a roofing company in exchange for selecting the company for numerous government projects has been indicted on federal charges.

  • HU Recognition Banquet
  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, April 18 — Broncho Bill is at large! That noted murderer, train robber, crack shot, former cowboy of Grant County and desperado, with a more thrilling history than Diamond Dick or some of the other heroes of the dime novel library, and whose face has the half amused smile “that won’t come off” made his escape from the New Mexico penitentiary some time Sunday night. Broncho Bill, whose real name is William Walters, ... was serving a life sentence for murder and what not...