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Today's News

  • Luna golf tourney in late August

    Luna Community College

    Area golfers are invited to take part in the 2015 Luna Community College Foundation Annual Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    A shotgun start is scheduled at 9 a.m.

    A four-person team sponsor is $1,000. A hole sponsorship is $250. The entry fee covers green fees, a cart, and a lunch.
    Money raised will be used for scholarships, according to the college.

  • Adames homers for PCL All-Stars

    By Lee VanHorn
    Submitted to the Optic

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Cristhian Adames promptly mashed the first pitch he saw in Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game over the left field wall for a solo home run at Werner Park in Papillion, Neb.

    A three-run ninth inning propelled the International League to a 4-3 win. The IL struck first with a run in the top of the first, and it wasn’t until Adames’ sixth-inning home run that the Pacific Coast League’s offense got on the board.

  • State tourneys include Vegas stop

    While their counterparts from other divisions make their way across New Mexico to vie for state championships in Little League baseball and softball this weekend, the Las Vegas 10-11 sluggers begin their title quest in the Meadow City.

    That’s because part of the 10-11 state baseball tournament’s  first round is set at La Plaza’s Rodriguez Park.

    LVLL, the champion of District 4, will host Lions Hondo, the champ in District 2, at 10 a.m. Saturday.

  • Former Isotope runner-up in derby

    Former Albuquerque Isotope Joc Pederson finished second in this year’s Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, held Monday night in Cincinnati as part of the All-Star festivities.

    Pederson crushed 14 home runs in the final round only to see hometown hero Todd Frazier of the Reds hit 15 — the last coming in bonus time. This year’s derby followed a different format, awarding bonus time based on the distance of the homers hit in the allotted regular time each round.

  • Go Fish - July 17

    Fishing report, July 14

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait and stone fly nymphs. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow on Monday near Cimarron was 121 cfs. Fishing was fair using red copper John Barrs, Cimarron specials, worms and spinners. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 17, 2015

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Santa Fe Fuego, 6 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  
    • State Little League tournaments, various sites

    Saturday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Santa Fe Fuego, 11 a.m., Brandt Park; Robbers at Fuego, TBA, Santa Fe
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • State Little League tournaments, various sites
    Softball

  • Revisiting the Kid’s death

    Las Vegas Optic

    He was arguably the most notorious outlaw to ever roam the New Mexico Territory.

    Billy the Kid developed a reputation as a young desperado, a stone-cold killer and a bold thief who terrorized New Mexico during its territorial days, although many believe his exploits have been greatly embellished.   

    This month marks the 134th anniversary of Billy the Kid’s death, but he continues to captivate and intrigue historians and regular people alike. And we continue to debate details about his life and death.

  • Luna to offer heavy equipment certification

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College will soon begin offering nationally recognized heavy equipment certifications. Students will be able to get certified in scrapers, bulldozers, all-terrain forklifts, skid loaders, backhoes, wheel loaders, excavators, motor graders and compaction equipment, LCC building trades instructor Joseph Montoya said.  

  • Spacecraft makes flyby of Pluto

    By Marcia Dunn
    AP Aerospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making.

    The moment of closest approach for the New Horizons spacecraft came around 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday, culminating an epic journey from planet Earth that spanned more than 3 billion miles and 9½ years.

  • Looking Back - July 15, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, July 16 — Highlands University’s hope for an immediate start on its new library was momentarily stalled Thursday when bids for the new structure exceeded the money available, Dr. Guy Burris, vice-president of Highlands, said this morning. Bidders and their bids on the library included Pecos Construction Co., Roswell, $839,636; W. R. Bauske and Co., Clovis, $839,843; La Mesa Builders, Albuquerque, $877,0000; and Compton Construction Co., Roswell, $950,654.