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Today's News

  • Letter: Optic goes to back of the class

    Concerning online comments: Do you know the difference between the finest newspaper in the country, the New York Times, and our very own homegrown Las Vegas Optic?

    Both have journalists struggling to report facts accurately; both provide editorial opinions that enlighten their subscribers. And unfortunately, they’re both facing considerable financial hurdles due to America’s changing reading habits.

  • Storrie won't be fenced off

    Storrie Lake will be open for fishing this summer, despite earlier threats to the contrary, officials say.

    Last week, the state announced that it had reached a three-year lease agreement with the Storrie Project Water Users Association for land within Storrie Lake State Park.

    The agreement also settled a lawsuit filed by the association against the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

    The state had balked over entering another agreement paying Storrie $30,000 a year, saying it was the most expensive such arrangement in the parks system.

  • City oil and gas moratorium urged

    Oil and gas drilling just doesn’t occur in rural areas; it happens in cities, too.

    As such, the City Council is considering passing a moratorium on such activity in the city limits. The county already did so a few months ago, so it could have time to draft a more detailed ordinance dealing with energy development.

    Some New Mexico towns, including Carlsbad, Hobbs and Artesia, have oil and gas wells inside city limits. Seven years ago, a rig in Carlsbad had a blowout, causing the evacuation of part of that town.

  • Editorial: Why did they close doors?

    In New Mexico, governing bodies can meet behind closed doors only for a few limited purposes. Chief among them are to discuss personnel matters, pending or threatened litigation, union negotiations, or the purchase or sale of real estate.

    We have to trust our elected representatives to strictly follow the state Open Meetings Act. Unfortunately, it’s hard to hold them accountable because we can’t listen in when the doors are closed.

  • Man attacks woman, leaves her, police say

    A Las Vegas man allegedly beat up his girlfriend near the Tecolote River on Sunday morning. He left, with her there alone along the river, authorities said.

    At one point, the state police received a call that a woman was found dead along the river. Minutes later, dispatchers were told that the woman was actually sleeping.

    The boyfriend, Eric Sena, 24, was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, a third-degree felony. He and his girlfriend had apparently been staying in his pickup truck near the river.

  • Cowboys to host regional

    NCAA regionals, here we come.

    New Mexico Highlands on Sunday won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, beating archrival Mesa State 8-6 in the second of two games with the Mavericks.

    As the No. 1 team in the region, the Cowboys (39-11) will host this week’s NCAA Division II Central Regional in Farmington.

    David Bustillos and Scott Heath tallied three hits apiece and Kyle Gutchewsky drove in three runs to lead Highlands on Sunday. Tyler Wichmann was the winning pitcher.

  • RMAC lands 3 in tourney

    Highlighted by New Mexico Highlands’ remarkable run, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference apparently has commanded enough respect this baseball season to warrant three seeds in the national tournament instead of the usual two.

  • Lady Dons headed to state tournament

    West Las Vegas' softball team learned its fate on Sunday afternoon: the Lady Dons are going to the state tournament as the No. 14 seed and will play No. 3 Portales in a first-round game Friday in Las Cruces.

    First pitch is noon at Maag Field No. 1. The winner advances to a 6 p.m. 6 p.m. quarterfinal, playing the winner between No. 6 Miyamura and No. 11 St. Michael’s.

    Quarterfinals, semifinals (11 a.m. Saturday) and the championship game (3:30 p.m. Saturday) are all set for Las Cruces’ Field of Dreams complex.

  • 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.

    FRIDAY, MAY 7

    Las Vegas softball: Stars 13, Lady Longhorns 10

    La Plaza minors: Cubs 19, Indians 6  

    La Plaza majors: Rockies 12, Cubs 6

    MONDAY, MAY 10

    La Plaza majors baseball: Yankees 11, Dodgers 10

    La Plaza minors baseball: Marlins 15, Yankees 2

    Las Vegas majors baseball: Cardinals 15, Reds 1; Yankees 11, Giants 7

  • Judge named for animal control case

    The city is hiring an interim Municipal Court judge to deal with a case involving an animal control issue.

    Last week, the City Council voted unanimously for Santa Fe-area attorney Santiago Juarez, a former Las Vegas resident, to preside over the case.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said the city wanted a person not familiar with the community and who wouldn’t bring any pre-conceived notions to the case.

    The case involves Carlos Sandoval, who was cited for not restraining his dog during an alleged attack. He was also cited for not licensing his canine.