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Today's News

  • Veteran West Las Vegas mentor Lujan retires

    After 32 years in education, longtime West Las Vegas teacher and coach Virginia Lujan has decided it is time to retire from a job she loves and respects.

    Lujan, a huge Michigan Wolverines fan, taught and coached 29 years in the WLV district and three in the Española school district.

    During her time as a coach at West, she was the head coach in three sports including volleyball, girls’ basketball and softball, all three sports achieving great success.

    In volleyball, Lujan won 152 games including the 1995 District 2-3A runner-up spot.

  • Trujillo shines; Las Vegas 11-12ers win

    Tapped to pitch in Saturday night’s District 4 11-12 All-Star baseball championship game against Taos, Brandon Trujillo helped his own cause tremendously at the plate.

    Trujillo went 4 for 4 at the plate and smashed a grand slam to lead a prolific Las Vegas offense in a 14-0 rout. He also pitched four innings and struck out 10 batters as he and his LVLL defense quieted the Taos bats.

    Colin Pedro went 3 of 4, J.R. Gonzales and Estevan Varela 2 of 3 for Team Vegas.

  • Meeting the people at water plant

    Without water, there would be no culture, society and economy. Our planet, like our bodies, is 70 percent water, and less than 3/100 of Earth’s water is fresh water, but current drinkable water supplies remain imperiled by pollution and increased demand.

    Today, fresh water is “the new gold of the future,” the team at our water treatment plant would suggest.

    These Las Vegans recall a time when winter snows and seasonal rains were aplenty, rivers always full, vegetation abundant. Migrating birds would land on marshes near Harris Road.

  • Police: DWI driver crashes; babies injured

    A man is accused of hitting another car while driving drunk, sending the occupants of the other car to the hospital.

    Around 11 p.m. July 8, Daniel Galindre, 19, 802 E. Roybal St., struck a car at Socorro and Romero streets, an intersection west of New Mexico Avenue, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    A police officer was tipped off that Galindre had thrown glass objects out of his car. When the officer showed up, he found Corona bottles along the street nearby, Montaño said.

  • Adult softball

    The following are upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league.

    Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex.

    Men’s division

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESday, JuLY 21

    DB’s Milkmen vs. Vegas Boyz, 6:15 p.m.; Hackers vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m.; Louisville Chuggers vs. The Best, 8:45 p.m.

    Standings:

    1. Hackers, 11-0

    2. DB’s Milkmen, 9-3

    3. Tecolote, 7-4

    4. Blaze, 6-4

    5. Vegas Boyz, 4-7

    6. Dream Team, 3-7

  • Man sentenced for dealing crack

    A Mora man has been sent to prison for seven years for dealing crack cocaine, authorities said.

    Emilio Romero, 22, was convicted of trafficking drugs and in a separate case, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, District Attorney Richard Flores said.

    Earlier this year, Mora officials were told about a missing girl. Through their investigation, they found that Romero may have had something to do with her. In pulling over the suspect, they discovered drugs, Flores said.

  • Women's golfers sought for weekly play

    Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association is inviting any level player to join the group as it continues weekly play and plans an August tournament.

    The LVWGA plays a nine-hole game at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Highlands’ Gene Torres Golf Course. The last Wednesday of every month includes a luncheon after golf at the Grill at the course at 11:30.

    “We are often joined by ladies who no longer play but enjoy the camaraderie of the group,” said Anne Pepper of the association.

  • Runners share fond memories

    Las Vegas might be famous for hosting the Rough Riders reunion. But over the recent Fourth of July weekend, it was former Robertson High School cross country runners who flocked to the Meadow City to take part in a reunion to honor three successful coaches.

    The RHS cross country alumni who were coached by George, Leroy and Cathy Chavez held a reunion to pay tribute to the coaches.

  • Hurricane: I never agreed to perform

    Al Hurricane, a popular northern New Mexico entertainer, was listed as a performer at Fiestas de Las Vegas.

    But he said last week that he had never agreed to do a gig at the annual Fourth of July weekend event. He said he had other events scheduled for that weekend.

    He had been listed as a performer during the afternoon of July 5 in the Optic’s Fiesta Guide. That booklet is dependent on information from the Fiesta Council.

  • Twin titles for LV softball

    RATON — Makayla Quintana got to play the part of hero in Tuesday’s District 4 Little League All-Star final for 9-10 softball.

    Quintana, 9, came into the game as a pinch runner and used her speed to reach third and then score the winning run for Las Vegas in a walk-off 6-5 verdict over Raton.

    The game required nine innings in 96-degree heat.