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Today's News

  • DWI court a good move

    A new approach to drunken drivers is needed, since New Mexico — including Las Vegas — isn’t progressing nearly fast enough in getting them off our roadways. So we’re glad to see local judges taking a different tack, especially when it comes to the high-risk DWIs that threaten the public’s safety.

  • Publisher's Note: Las Vegas United

    At the risk of pointing out the obvious, and sounding like a broken record, allow me to point out once again that we live in a divided community.

    I’m not just talking about our two school districts, or the conflicting perspectives between Anglos and Hispanics, or young vs. old, or even the ugly and unnecessary resentments between natives and newcomers. I’m talking about all of the above, which is fed by the antiquated notion that someone out there is going to destroy that which we hold dear.

  • Lady Cards stop St. Mike’s, Taos

    Strong pitching by Janice Yara, effective equal-opportunity offense across the batting order, and a defense that’s much improved from the early season — those are ingredients that have helped Robertson softball win four in a row.

    The Lady Cardinals followed a Thursday afternoon sweep of St. Michael’s with a sweep of Taos, both on the road.

  • Little Leagues open season

    Saturday’s Opening Day ceremonies for both of the Meadow City’s Little Leagues were wrought with extra emotion as each league dedicated the season to figures significant to them.

  • Orediggers pile on vs. NMHU

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    GOLDEN, Colo. — Colorado School of Mines swept New Mexico Highlands University in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Darden Field.  CSM prevailed 14-7 in game one before collecting a 5-3 victory in the nightcap.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    MONDAY
    Golf
    • Robertson at Los Alamos, 9 a.m., Los Alamos

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Robertson vs. Raton, 4 p.m., MMS Field
    • West Las Vegas at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    Softball
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico (DH), 2 p.m., Portales
    • Robertson vs. Raton, 4 p.m., RHS Field
    • West Las Vegas at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    Track and field
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Taos, 2 p.m., Taos

  • FYI - Sports

    A benefit mushball tournament will be held Saturday, May 7, at La Plaza Little League Field. Deadline to register is May 6; entry fee is $100 per team. For more information, contact Leona, 426-4850, or Joey, 429-0571.

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    The Optic is looking to provide the most comprehensive area sports coverage available. To submit sports scores, statistics and story ideas, e-mail: dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • WNMU starts well vs. Cowgirls

    Western New Mexico hopped over the .500 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball standings at the expense of intrastate rival New Mexico Highlands on Saturday, sweeping the first two of a four-game series in Las Vegas.

    WNMU (19-25 overall, 15-13 RMAC) outslugged Highlands 13-8 in their first game en route to a 5-1 win.

    The Cowgirls were 7-34 and 4-26 respectively, going into Sunday’s games.

  • 5 in running for top East job

    The search for the next superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools is nearing completion.

    Five finalists were announced this week during the school board’s work session. They are: Sheri Williams, the outgoing superintendent for the Carlsbad Municipal Schools; Paul Gregory Rockhold, of Tennessee;  Eric Martinez, superintendent of Questa Independent Schools; Marc Space, superintendent of Putnam Valley Schools in New York; and Jim Reed, a former superintendent of Dora (N.M.) Consolidated Schools.

  • Through the Lens

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Boldly plastered on a bright green wall at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe are the words of photographer, art historian and curator Beaumont Newhall.

    In the face of turmoil, unrest and unhappiness, he asks what photographers, writers and curators can do.