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Today's News

  • What a year

    A dream season for New Mexico Highlands University baseball came to an end Saturday night in Farmington courtesy of the underrated St. Cloud State Huskies.

    St. Cloud State cut a late rally short and dealt Highlands a 12-8 loss in an elimination game that also determined who would face Minnesota State in the NCAA Division II Central Regional final on Sunday at Ricketts Park.

    NMHU finished 41-13 overall.

    Entering the regional as the sixth seed, the Huskies were responsible for both of top seed NMHU’s defeats in the six-team, double-elimination affair.

  • Revolving door at jail an issue

    Some residents are pushing San Miguel County to seek money for a center that would reduce the number of repeat visits to the jail.

    Seventy percent of the jail’s inmates come back again, while 80 percent of them have substance abuse problems, say members of the jail’s citizens advisory committee.

  • Letter: Thoughts for this year's graduates

    Every year around graduation time, I like to share a message to all graduating students from President George Bush Sr. On the day he was sworn in, he gave the following advice to all young people:

  • Fifth teen pleads in assaults case

    SANTA FE -- A fifth teenager has pleaded guilty to charges in a case involving the 2008 sexual assault of fellow members of the Robertson High School football team.

    Lucas Martinez pleaded guilty to three felony charges for his role in sodomizing fellow members of the Robertson High School football team with a broomstick.

    The 18-year-old will be sentenced under juvenile rules next month.

    Three other former players have been sentenced to terms in a state juvenile facility. A fourth defendant also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on June 4.

  • Lady Dons make final four

    In the end, only District 2-3A rival Raton — and really, just one or two productive innings — stood in the way of a spot in the state championship game.

    West Las Vegas shocked third-seeded Portales 11-4 in the first round of the Class 3A state softball tournament on Friday in Las Cruces.

    Then the Lady Dons, the 14th seeded team in the field, upended sixth-seeded Miyamura 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

    Those two upsets moved West into a Saturday morning semifinal matchup with Raton — the district champion and the No. 2 team in the state.

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    TUESDAY, MAY 11

    Las Vegas minors: Cubs 14, Dodgers 3; Padres 9, Cardinals 8

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 12

    Las Vegas softball: Pink Sox 10, Stars 9; Psychlones 19, Longhorns 19 (will resume at later date)

    Las Vegas majors: Red Sox 24, Mets 14; Reds 13, Rockies 6

    THURSDAY, MAY 13

    Las Vegas minors: Cubs 8, DBacks 3; Mariners 2, Padres 1

    FRIDAY, MAY 14

  • As It Is: 'Breakfast Club,' here I come

    Last week, I went to Municipal Court to answer to my ticket for speeding on Bridge Street, going 34 miles in a 15-mph zone around 8 a.m. on a weekday.

    It was my second citation in recent times. I also got a ticket a few months ago for exceeding the speed limit on the Highlands University campus. Then, Judge Eddie Trujillo gave me a $29 court fee and deferred my fine if I kept my nose clean for a month.

  • Letter: Tuesday meals at senior center

    With great thankfulness and appreciation, we are pleased to announce that the free Tuesday evening meal is being started again.  Thanks to Mayor Ortiz and Theresa Lopez at the Las Vegas Senior Citizen Center, we are being given the use of the Senior Citizen Center to offer this service to the community.

  • Four finalists named for Mora schools

    State Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, was originally considered the only applicant for Mora schools superintendent to have submitted all that was required in his application packet.

    With member George Trujillo absent, the school board on Tuesday unanimously picked four finalists: Garcia, a Luna Community College instructor; Herman Gallegos, former director of human resources for the Pueblo of Pojoaque; Norma Cavazos, director of support services for the Pecos schools; and Phil Kasper, a principal in the Cortez, Colo., schools.

  • Letter: Goodall visit was challenging

    Recently, while at Highlands University, I found out that Dr. Jane Goodall was visiting Las Vegas. I am a retired chemist and this was exciting news.  

    When I got to the Plaza Hotel, Dr. Goodall was viewing the science exhibits of the students from Los Niños school. I have to agree with Dr. Goodall in that the exhibits were very well done. I had been a science fair judge for 10 years and have seen few science projects done that well by students of any age in public school.