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Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - A tale of two cities

    As in the Dickens classic, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, as East and West Las Vegas grew along the Gallinas River after the railroad arrived in 1879.

    For almost a century — except for a permutation from 1882 to 1884 — the twin cities existed as separate and independent municipalities, each with its own mayor, council, administration, police and fire departments. Though separated only by a modest river, their evolution would be strikingly dissimilar, always accentuated by a stark racial divide which set the two towns apart.

  • Another Perspective - City, acequias still wrestling over water rights

    Historically, there has been a thriving agricultural community in and around Las Vegas, based on the acequias — which can be understood as both physical structures to deliver water and communities of people with a proud tradition.

    In the 1950s, the New Mexico Supreme Court gave the City of Las Vegas the right to take as much water as it needed from the Gallinas River under the so-called Pueblo Water Rights Doctrine. Using this decision, the city gradually increased the amount of water it diverted from the river until it was sometimes taking all the water available.

  • Ely, Sands set Isotopes records

    On the mound and at the plate, respectively, John Ely and Jerry Sands have been the Albuquerque Isotopes’ dynamic duo this summer.

    Ely and Sands each earned a franchise record in recent Pacific Coast League baseball action even as the Isotopes (75-57) drew closer to clinching a playoff berth.

    Through Wednesday night, the team’s magic number was down to 10, thanks in part to a crucial 3-1 home series win over New Orleans, the ‘Topes’ nearest rival for the PCL American Southern Division title.

  • Repeat champion
  • Weekend scrimmages kick off fall sports slate

    Tired of waiting for the fall sports season to begin?

    If so, you’re not the only one.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s football, women’s soccer and volleyball teams are getting an early jump on the schedule with a triple shot of action this Saturday on campus.

    First up, it’s the NMHU volleyball team hosting an alumni match that brings back some of the program’s former players to the courts of the Wilson Complex. The match starts at 4 p.m.

  • Cowboy Cup golf event Sept. 1-2

    With the Luna Community College Foundation’s golf fundraiser in the books, area linksters have more opportunities to practice their craft while helping generate scholarship money.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s athletic department is hosting the Cowboy Cup Scholarship Golf Tournament next weekend, Sept. 1-2, at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    The two-day event will be a two-man scramble format with an entry fee of $400 a team. The fee includes greens fees, a cart, three catered meals and a chance to win prizes.

  • Las Vegas lineup earns silver in Senior Olympic volleyball

    Submitted to the Optic

    Senior Olympian athletes from Las Vegas represented the city at the New Mexico Senior Olympics Volleyball Tournament recently in Rio Rancho.

    The team of eight — dubbed the “Vegas Rough Riders” — played against other co-ed teams from New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Arizona.

  • Go Fish - August 24, 2012

    FISHING REPORT, AUG. 21

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow for all species.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - August 24, 2012

    SATURDAY
    Football
    • NMHU Purple-White Scrimmage, 6 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    Soccer
    • NMHU Alumni Match, 8 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Clovis, 11 a.m., Clovis
    Volleyball
    • NMHU Alumni Match, 4 p.m., Wilson Complex

    MONDAY
    Football
    • West Las Vegas JV at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

  • College bound