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Today's News

  • Four ‘Topes make All-Star roster

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Pacific Coast League All-Star team will have plenty of representation from the Albuquerque Isotopes, as four 'Topes — pitchers John Ely and Josh Wall, catcher Tim Federowicz, and infielder Luis Cruz — have been named to the PCL squad which will take on the International League All-Stars at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 11.  

    The game will be broadcast live on MLB Network, the Armed Forces Network, and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network.

  • Representing the Meadow City
  • Phelps, Lochte put on a show

    The Associated Press

    OMAHA, Neb.  — If this week in America’s heartland is any indication, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are going to put on quite a show in London.
    The world’s greatest swimmers produced their most stirring duel yet at the U.S. Olympic trials Saturday night, going stroke for stroke in the 200-meter individual medley, never more than a few inches apart.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 4, 2012

    THURSDAY
    Softball
    • Women’s city league: Warriors vs. Vida Encantada Cougars, 6 p.m., Scrubs vs. Rowdy Rascals, 7 p.m., city complex

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • District 4 Little League All-Star Tournament, 9-10: Las Vegas vs. Springer, noon; Taos vs. Clayton, 2 p.m.; La Plaza vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Raton Little League complex

  • City moratorium delayed

    Oil and gas drilling once again took center stage at this past Wednesday’s City Council meeting, this time after the city attorney proposed another moratorium on it within city limits.

    City Attorney Dave Romero said the city’s previous moratorium on permits for oil, gas and geothermal drilling, exploration and extraction has expired.

    He said the ordinance proposed would continue the moratorium until the city is able to finalize rules for the activity.

  • Prayers for Rain
  • Vacant building law to get rewrite

    City staff and the community planner helping them retool the city’s vacant building ordinance conceded Thursday that they’ll need to go back to the drawing board to come up with a more workable law.

    “The ordinance will look very different than what you see tonight, which is based on the current ordinance,” said community planner Charlie Deans, with the firm Community by Design. “It’s a major rewrite.”

  • Woman warns of possible scam

    An area woman is warning Las Vegas resident to beware of a possible scam she almost fell victim to.

    Maria Gonzales said she received a call on her cell phone last week from someone informing her she won $400,000 and a 2012 Tahoe. The catch: they wanted her to wire $898 to a person she didn’t know so that she could collect the money.

    Gonzales, who contacted the Optic Thursday afternoon, said she told the man on the phone that she was poor and didn’t have the money. He suggested she borrow it.

  • No one-size-fits-all approach to wooing Hispanic voters

     By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — In New Mexico, Tomasita Maestas says she will pick the presidential candidate who has the best plan to fix education and the economy.

    In Arizona, Mexican immigrant Carlos Gomez backs Republican Mitt Romney because he’s more conservative on social issues than his Democratic opponent.

  • Looking Back - News - July 2, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, July 5 — Interference by police saves Jim Flynn humiliation of knockout by Jack Johnson. Capt. Fanoff stopped the heavyweight battle on account of many fouls the champion landed on opponent at will. It shows the champion is still the master of the fighting game.