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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 7, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Vacationing on the cheap in an enchanting land

    I’m a big fan of vacations on the cheap.

    I’m also OK with an expensive vacation, as long as it’s on somebody else’s dime, but I’ve seldom been able to afford the first-class tour. And besides, top-dollar travel often overlooks the best stuff to see.

  • LVLL 8-10 softball preps for state

    Among the Las Vegas Little League’s four softball champs in District 4 are the LVLL 8-10 girls. The team opens state tourney play Friday and Saturday in Clovis.

    The team is managed by Mark Bustamante and includes Amor Allen, Jayla Cordova, Mariana Gonzales, Ava Griego, Alyxa King, Alma Malo, Tatiana Medrano, Taylor Quintana, Gabrielle Rivera, Angelyna Romero, Ariana Sanchez, Chloe Yara.

    Pitcher Taylor Quintana had 41 strikeouts in three wins at the district tournament late last month in Santa Rosa.

  • Isotopes’ Ryan McMahon is PCL Player of the Month

    Ryan McMahon has spent a month of his professional baseball career at the Triple-A level.

    The way he’s playing, his time in the farm system could be nearing an end. McMahon was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for June, an honor announced Wednesday by the league office.

    McMahon, 22, hit a scorching .429 in June. He led the PCL in hits (50), extra-base hits (21), total bases (85) and doubles (14) during the month as the Albuquerque Isotopes kept pace in the divisional race.

  • Got a need for speed?

    Highlands coach Bob DeVries knows a thing or two about speed.

    He and his assistants have coached All-Americans, all-conference performers and nationals qualifiers in both cross country and track over the past quarter century, after all.

    DeVries and others from his NMHU program are inviting athletes of all ages to join them for the 2017 NMHU Speed Camp, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14 at Perkins Stadium.

  • Bowl bound

    Tony Rubin Jr. (left) and C.J. Perea of Las Vegas were recently named MVP to earn their third All-American awards in the Denver Offense-Defense Football Camp. They earned the honor June 11-14 at Colorado State University and will play in the Offense-Defense Youth All American Bowl for New Year’s. Rubin is the third-ranked offensive lineman, and Perea the fourth-rated quarterback in the Offense-Defense organization’s national rankings for fourth graders. 

  • Local fights Saturday on MMA card

    Former Las Vegas resident Ricky Esquibel is scheduled to fight as part of a mixed-martial arts card Saturday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Esquibel headlines “King of the Cage: Chosen Few,” with tickets selling for $40. The first fight is scheduled for 6 p.m., with gates open at 5 p.m.

    Esquibel carries a 1-0 record as an MMA competitor. He is slated to take on Joey Trevino, who’ll be making his professional debut Saturday after an extensive amateur fighting career.

  • State Police release report on drowning

    The New Mexico State Police recently released an incident report about a drowning in which a 20-year-old Tecolote man died.

    A swimming incident claimed the life of Damian A. Pacheco of Tecolote at a water hole along Tecolote Creek on County Road B26B — west of U.S. 284, near Bernal — on the afternoon of Saturday, June 10. The report was completed before full toxicology results were available, but it concludes initial investigation shows drowning was the apparent cause of Pacheco’s death.

  • 2017 Fiestas de Las Vegas
  • City going with Google for upgrade

    Submitted to the Optic

    Recently, the city contracted with Google and SADA Systems to transition to G-Suite, also known as Google Cloud.
    G-Suite offers city government a host of benefits. 99.99 percent uptime, unlimited data storage, video and voice conferencing, a MicroSoft-compatible office suite, and a host of archiving, retrieval and reporting tools.

    Although city email will be hosted by Gmail, the city will retain the current email domain, so email addresses won’t change.