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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 12, 2014
  • Vets deserve better

    The men and women who have fought for our country deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. We, as a nation, owe them at least that much given the tremendous sacrifices they have made for us and for our country.

    That’s why the allegations being made about veteran hospitals in Phoenix and perhaps elsewhere are so troubling.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Small-town theaters struggle to keep up with digital filmmaking

    Most small-town county seats have them — once attractive single-screen movie theaters, with a 35mm projector room in the balcony and a neon-lighted marquee outside. Once upon a time they were entertainment centerpieces in their communities, and in some instances they still are.

    A lot of them are long gone, having succumbed to competition from multiplexes and home entertainment centers.

    Others, however, have held on and continue to show first-run movies to small-town audiences fortunate enough to still have a local theater.

  • RHS girls take state!

    ALBUQUERQUE — Juliana Guerin became a four-time state champion in Class 3A girls’ tennis this past Thursday, capping a remarkable high school career with a commanding victory.

    Then she and her Lady Cardinal teammates went on to upset No. 1 Bosque 5-3 to capture the girls’ team championship on Saturday afternoon.

  • Taos sweeps district track titles

    The bad news for local track and field programs is that Taos stormed into town Saturday and swept the District 2-3A team championships.

    The good news is that, as a result of the meet, more Robertson and West Las Vegas athletes will move on to represent their schools at the Class 3A state track and field championships Friday and Saturday at University of New Mexico’s track and soccer complex in Albuquerque.

    See Wednesday’s Optic for an updated list of state qualifiers plus coverage of Pecos in the 2A state meet.

  • Little League - May 12

    The following are upcoming scheduled Las Vegas Little League games. LVLL games are held at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Monday, May 12: Yankees vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Mets vs. Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, May 14: Yankees vs. Red Sox, 4 p.m.; Angels vs. Orioles, 6 p.m.; Cardinals vs. Mets, 8 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Monday, May 12: Threshers vs. Paw Sox, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m.
    Tuesday, May 13: Bats vs. Rivercats, 6:15 p.m.; Rattlers vs. Thunder, 7:45 p.m.

  • Lady Cards advance

    It took the Lady Cardinals a few innings to get their bats going, but — as has been the case more often than not this spring — once that happened, there was no turning back.

    Robertson triumphed 12-1 against visiting Ruidoso in the first round of the Class 3A state softball tournament.

    The fifth-seeded Lady Cards now will travel to a neutral site in Rio Rancho to face the No. 4 Hope Christian Lady Huskies, who beat West Las Vegas on Friday.

  • Cowboys 3rd in RMAC tourney

    Outdueled twice by the defending tournament champion, the New Mexico Highlands University baseball came away with third place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament held this past week at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo.

    ThunderWolves 9, Cowboys 6
    No. 3 seed Colorado State-Pueblo won 9-6 Friday night in an elimination game, ending the Cowboys’ season at 32-20 overall.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 12, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Class 1A-3A state tournaments, TBA, New Mexico State University Golf Course, Las Cruces

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Class 1A-3A state tournaments, TBA, New Mexico State University Golf Course, Las Cruces
    Softball

  • BREAKING: Name of man shot by state police released

    State police responding to a call of a suicidal man at the Country Acres subdivision north of Las Vegas fatally shot him after he pointed a long rifle at officers while aggressively walking toward them, state police Chief Pete Kassetas told reporters during a 10 p.m. news conference.

    Kassetas identified the man killed as Arcenio Lujan, a city of Las Vegas employee who earlier in the day had an undisclosed incident at work. Lujan died at the scene.