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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Luna softballers chosen for international competition

    Luna Community College softball players Jennifer Inocencio, Brandi Rodriguez and Tomasita Smith have been selected to play on America’s Team that will compete in the Dominican Republic this summer.

    “Players are chosen on athletic ability, character and integrity as they will be ambassadors for softball, the college, community and America,” LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos said in a news release.

    The trio along with other college athletes will tour and compete in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Cabarete from July 27 to August 5.

  • Garcia may lead Mora schools

    State Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, is the only candidate who has met all the requirements in his application to become superintendent of the Mora schools.

    Nine people applied for the position, but only Garcia submitted all the required items for his application packet, said Katherine Valdez, an employee in the district’s central office.

    The school board was expected to interview Garcia at its meeting Tuesday night. The board wasn’t slated to make a decision at that time.

  • Work of Art: What a difference a plate makes

    “The reason I stopped you is that I noticed your license plate is lacking a comma between the word ‘Go’ and ‘Cowboys.’ Please exit the vehicle and provide proof you are in this country legally.”

    “Well, I, er, intended to insert that comma today, sir.”

    The dialogue was part of my dream, or rather, obsession now that I realize what a difference a plate makes — 24 little dollars. But that license plate, an official Highlands University prestige tag, has become a preoccupation and an attention-getter.

  • Why not Brandt?

    As NMHU’s baseball team prepares to make a four-hour drive west to Farmington, site of the NCAA Division II Central Regional that lists Highlands as host, some curious fans are asking:

    “Why Farmington? Why not Brandt Park, the Cowboys’ actual home field?”

    It’s a fair question, and as one fan who contacted the Optic pointed out, league rival Mesa State (in Grand Junction, Colo.) may have a shorter trip than NMHU.

  • Letter: Concerns about Mora County

    I asked my grandmother Rosalie Regensberg what would make her run from office again. She replied that with age also comes widsom and experience. Both of these virtues are something you do not learn in books. She also has other concerns.

  • Lady Dons going dancing
  • Commissioner, state representative forums this week

    Forums for San Miguel County Commission and state representative candidates are planned for Wednesday and Thursday.

    The forum for candidates for the District 1 and 3 County Commission seats will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands University’s G35 (Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall), which is next to Donnelly Library.

    The forum for District 70 state representative hopefuls is Thursday, with the same hours and place.

    The forums are sponsored by the Committee for the People and the Las Vegas Optic.