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  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — RANDY WELLS

    RANDY WELLS ... No. 5 ... Second base
    Birthdate: Dec. 29, 1987
    Hometown: Pittsburg, Calif.
    Notable achievement: Pecos League single-season hits record, 2012
    Academic degree: B.S., business, management
    Baseball hero: Derek Jeter, Joe DiMaggio
    Favorite baseball movie: “Bull Durham”
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Sushi (Hebisawa)
    Who would play you in a movie? Jeremy Renner
    Who would play Casey Dill? Matt Damon
    Hidden talent: Piano
    Favorite music artist: Jason Aldean

  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — ADAM KAM

    ADAM KAM ... No. 25 ... First base
    Birthdate: July 31, 1991
    Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.
    Baseball hero: Chuck Fontana
    Favorite MLB team: Yankees
    Favorite baseball movie: “Major League”
    Favorite Pecos League away city: Santa Fe
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Eddie Medina
    Favorite thing about Vegas: Road games, Allsup’s, Dick’s
    Who would play you in a movie? Leonardo DiCaprio
    Who would play Casey Dill? Joe Pesci

  • LAS VEGAS TRAIN ROBBERS PLAYER PROFILE — RYAN LAUER

    RYAN LAUER ... No. 15 ... Catcher
    Birthdate: Sept. 21, 1987
    Hometown: Chico, Calif.
    Baseball hero: “My dad”
    Favorite MLB team: San Francisco Giants
    Favorite non-baseball athlete: Hope Solo
    Funniest Train Robbers teammate: Randy Wells
    Achievement: Hit two home runs on mom’s birthday
    Favorite song, 1970s: “Rock N Roll,” Led Zeppelin
    Favorite song, 1990s: “I Believe I Can Fly,” R Kelly
    Favorite TV show: “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

  • Sounds silence ‘Topes

    Albuquerque Isotopes

    NASHVILLE — Khris Davis’ three-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Nashville Sounds a lead they would not relinquish in a 6-5 triumph over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Monday night at Herschel Greer Stadium.

    The Isotopes (57-46) have lost four of five games since the all-star break. They fell out of first place for the first time since July 7 as they’re now one game behind Round Rock in the PCL’s American Southern division.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 24, 2013

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Santa Fe Fuego, 6 p.m., Santa Fe
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Havoc vs. Brew Crew, 6 p.m., Blaze vs. Yo Momma, 7:15 p.m., Brew Crew vs. Vegas Boyz (makeup game), 8:30 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Pecos League playoffs: Las Vegas Train Robbers at Santa Fe or Trinidad, Colo., TBA
    Softball

  • City targeting recall signs

    Organizers of the effort to recall Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr. are crying foul after the city posted notices on the large recall signs around Las Vegas stating that they must be removed because they are illegal.

    The notice is a letter from City Attorney Dave Romero Jr. containing two sentences: “Any and all signs placed on said property are illegal and are not in compliance with Chapter 347 Signs of the City of Las Vegas Code. The sign/s must be removed by Friday, July 19, 2013 or they will be removed by city personnel.”

  • Magistrate denied conversation

    The state Judicial Standards Commission says Mora County Magistrate  John Sanchez initially denied having spoken to the cousin of a DWI defendant about a case while being deposed about the incident.

    Details of the case are contained in a “Petition for Discipline” filed with the state Supreme Court earlier this month and obtained by the Optic late last week.

  • Conserving water - Acequia liner at MMS completed

    Submitted to the Optic

    Construction of a concrete acequia liner was completed recently at Memorial Middle School. The concrete liner will help conserve water and prevent damage to school property from soil erosion and water leaks.  

    The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission funded 80 percent of the project, while the Las Vegas City Schools contributed the remaining 20 percent.  

    The joint project of the Romero Ditch Association, the Interstate Stream Commission and Las Vegas City Schools was completed June 28.  

  • Power outage wreaks havoc at Highlands

    A power outage that hit part of the city late Thursday morning knocked out all power to the New Mexico Highlands University campus, wreaking havoc there for several days.

  • Looking Back - July 22, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, July 19 — The signing of a two-year lease Wednesday marked the beginning of a new industry for West Las Vegas. Junio Lopez, owner of the former Chas. Ilfeld building on the north side of the Plaza, has leased the first and second stories of the west side of the building to Southwest Properties, Inc. The site, next door to Northern Hardware and Supply Co., will be operated as a drapery factory and will employ 35 persons when it opens for business on Aug. 15.