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Today's News

  • State golf: Three locals in top 20

    While Socorro’s Kristen Cline broke loose with a four-stroke lead on day one of the Class 1A-3A state golf tournament, a trio of Meadow City girls was among the top 20 in the standings.

    The tournament, being hosted by the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course, was to conclude Tuesday after this issue went to press.

    Cline, who won state in 2010, shot a 77 in the first round, good enough for a four-stroke cushion atop the leaderboard on the girls’ side.

  • RHS girls win district, lead 3A list

    The Robertson Lady Cardinals capped their regular season with a District 2-3A title and now have momentum rolling into this coming weekend’s Class 3A state championships at UNM in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals set several season bests and roped in individual honors galore.

    Las Vegas has a couple of state-leading performers looking for titles this weekend. Robertson’s Brian Maestas in the boys’ mile, and West Las Vegas’ Danielle Gurule in the discus, an event she won last May.

  • RMAC meet delayed

    RMAC and Optic staff reports

    GUNNISON, Colo. — Rain and snow caused slick and wet conditions in Mountaineer Bowl on Monday, which led officials to suspend the second day of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

    A modified schedule for the three-day meet was to be followed on Tuesday.

    A few events did take place as scheduled. Highlights of NMHU women:

  • Tough draws for Mora, Pecos

    Pecos and Mora softball teams didn’t catch any breaks in their pairings for the Class 2A state softball tourney, which opens Wednesday in Rio Rancho.

    Pecos (15-11) is the No. 13 seed and plays No. 4 Rehoboth (18-3). No. 12 Mora (13-12-1) has to play No. 5 Jal, the defending state champ. It’s the second year in a row Mora opens with a defending champ after drawing Loving last postseason.

  • Mora boys 6th in small-school meet

    “Everything came together this weekend,” said Mora head track and field coach James Branch.

    Highlighted by a pair of Class 2A state championship performances by Rangers distance runner Alonzo Chavez, the Mora boys’ squad placed sixth in a crowded field of participating schools at the Class1A-2A state championship meet held at the University of New Mexico on Friday and Saturday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 9, 2012

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • RMAC tournament: NMHU vs. Nebraska-Kearney, noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    • Class 3A state tournament first-round games, TBA
    Softball
    • Class 1A-2A state tournament first-round games: Mora vs. Jal, 10 a.m., Pecos vs. Rehoboth, 10 a.m., Rio Rancho High

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • RMAC tournament: NMHU vs. TBA, time TBA, Pueblo, Colo.

  • Flat budget proposed for city

    Gross receipts taxes paid to the city of Las Vegas are up about 2 percent, but the city administration is nevertheless proposing a flat budget for the upcoming fiscal year, figuring that it’s easier to add money to budgets than to take it away.

    The City Council held a budget hearing last week. Overall, the administration is proposing a $43.2 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

    Roughly $9 million of that funding comes from gross receipts taxes, money generated from the sale of goods and services.

  • Dedicating the Murals
  • Parolee sentenced in robbery try

    A man who was on parole for murder in November when he tried to rob one of the local Allsup’s was sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted armed robbery, a third-degree felony and tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony.

    Colin Gonzales, 29, received the maximum sentence possible. District Attorney Richard Flores announced the sentence on Tuesday, although Judge Abigail Aragon handed it down in March.

  • Early voting begins Tuesday

    With the city runoff election in the rearview mirror, it’s now time for voters to focus on the June 5 primary election, where most area races will be decided.

    Early voting begins this Tuesday. Anyone interested in voting early can do so between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays at the San Miguel County Clerk’s office, 500 W. National Ave. Absentee voting also begins May 8. Those interested in absentee voting are asked to call the clerk’s office at 425-9331 to request an application.