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Today's News

  • Work of Art: A second helping of third grade

    Possibly the biggest fear I experienced in the elementary grades was in doing anything academic from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Before schools began tacking on extra days to the calendar, for “in-service” days, our summers were free.

    Now, the school year often starts in early August and stretches into June. Hey, where’d our summers go?

  • State hoops brackets set

    Selection Sunday — the New Mexico Activities Association’s official announcement of state tournament brackets in all classifications — brought some smiles, a few frowns and maybe some sighs of relief to prep basketball fans around the state.

    Six Las Vegas-area teams — Robertson’s boys and girls, West Las Vegas’ girls, Mora’s boys and girls, and Pecos’ girls — got the green light for their state tournament appearances.

  • Saxon goes 2-2, paces Cowboy wrestlers

    New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling team finished in the cellar of an 11-team NCAA Division II Super Regional tournament, which concluded Sunday in San Francisco. Coach Doug Moses’ Cowboys garnered 11.5 team points.

    Nebraska-Kearney and Wrestler of the Year T.J. Hepburn won the regional with 127.5 points, edging Western State.

  • Little League sign-up on tap

    Las Vegas Little League will be having registration for the 2011 Little League baseball and softball season from noon to 3 p.m. March 5 and March 12 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Those interested in more information are advised to contact Kathy Duran, softball player agent, 617-0759, or Sonya Saiz-Gomez, baseball player agent, 718-8411.

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  • Luna baseball is back
  • Arkansas Tech tops HU sluggers

    Israel Yeomans went 2 for 5 with a double and a run, but the Highlands Cowboys came up short 8-3 against Arkansas Tech on Sunday in Russellville, Ark.

    NMHU (4-3) plays its home opener 2 p.m. Friday at a renovated Brandt Park. League opponent Regis will be in town for a four-game series that continues through Sunday.

    Highlands led Arkansas Tech 3-0 through six and a half innings Sunday but allowed four runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in each of the next two frames.

  • Cowgirls go 1-3 vs. Mesa

    New Mexico Highlands pitcher Melissa Martinez shackled Mesa State in the opening game of their softball doubleheader Sunday, allowing just three runs on five hits in an 11-3 complete-game victory.

    Unfortunately for the Cowgirls, it was the lone win of the weekend for the home team against the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponent Mavericks. Mesa State won the finale 12-1; the Mavs (5-4, 3-1) had swept the Cowgirls 4-1 and 6-4 on Saturday. NMHU is 4-9 overall and 1-3 in the RMAC.

  • Murder suspect caught again

    A man accused of killing his brother a year ago was apprehended Thursday afternoon by Las Vegas police officers — this time for outstanding failure-to-appear warrants.

    Joseph Maestas, 43, was caught after officers saw him outside Trujillo’s Liquor on Grand Avenue. He was arrested inside the store on two bench warrants for failure to appear in district court for first-degree murder and in municipal court for a traffic citation.

  • Managing editor named

    A Las Vegas native has returned to the Las Vegas Optic as the newspaper’s new managing editor.

    Martín Salazar, a reporter at the Optic from 2000 to 2003, succeeds David Giuliani, who moved to Illinois in December.

    Salazar, 36, has 15 years of newspaper experience under his belt. Since 2004, he has worked for the Albuquerque Journal, where he went from regional reporter covering northern New Mexico, tobeat reporter covering the University of New Mexico, to assistant city editor responsible for the Journal’s Sunday and Monday editions.

  • Peace Corps’ 50th

    First in a two-part series.

    Sen. John F. Kennedy first announced the idea of the Peace Corps while campaigning for the presidency in 1960. He asked Americans if they were ready to serve their country by working in developing countries in the cause of peace.

    When he became president he made it happen.