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Today's News

  • Isotopes open home slate

    Albuquerque (3-7) blinked first in the 13th inning of a four-hour, 21-minute Saturday night marathon against Omaha at Isotopes Park, falling 14-10 in just the second home game of the year.

    The visiting Storm Chasers pulled ahead with five runs in the top of the 13th to end a 9-9 stalemate that had stayed intact since a two-run ‘Topes rally in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.

  • Prep Roundup: District race opens; Redbirds split with Taos

    Throwing a wrench into the Robertson Cardinals’ strong start to the District 2-3A baseball schedule, the Taos Tigers earned a road split Saturday at a wind-swept Whorton Field.

    The host Cardinals (13-6) cruised to a 10-0 win in game one and led 4-1 in game two but allowed Taos to rally back for a 6-4 win.

    “The first game, we played sound baseball,” said Robertson head coach Tony Renon. “Antonio Arguello did an outstanding job on the mound, throwing a shutout.”

  • Cowgirls go halfers with Skyhawks

    Highlands (23-25) generated two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-2 win in Saturday’s series opener against visiting Fort Lewis.

    Erica Wieck hit an RBI double, and she and Brittany Potter each collected two hits in the Cowgirl victory over their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes.

    Jessica Brink (9-6) held the Skyhawks to six hits, three walks and two runs — both unearned — in a seven-inning performance that also included five strikeouts.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 16, 2012

    MONDAY
    Golf
    • Robertson at Los Alamos Invite, 9 a.m., Los Alamos

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Robertson at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, 3 p.m., WLV field
    Golf
    • Robertson at Hope Christian Invite, 8 a.m., Albuquerque
    Softball
    • Robertson at Raton, 4 p.m., Raton
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, 3 p.m., WLV field

    WEDNESDAY

  • FYI - Sports - April 16, 2012

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Department is looking for people interested in serving as umpires for adult softball league games. Season starts May 7. Check with the Abe Montoya Recreation Center for more information.

    We value your involvement and want to provide the best area sports coverage available anywhere. Submit your local sports scores, statistics and story ideas to dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • For Ortiz, Gurule- Giron, Tuesday is: Judgment Day

    To say that the relationship between Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron is strained would be an understatement.

    On election night in March— after the votes had been counted leaving no doubt that the two would be heading into a runoff election — both showed up at City Hall. They exchanged an awkward handshake and then quickly went back to their corners.

    On that night, Ortiz walked away with 206 more votes than Gurule-Giron.  

  • Inspiring Success

    Of all the success stories associated with “Breaking Bad,” the smash hit cable series on AMC, one that holds the most charm for New Mexicans is that of actor Steven Michael Quezada.

    Quezada, the Albuquerque native who portrays federal agent Steven Gomez, toiled as a standup comic before landing the gig as the Duke City-based show began production.

    Quezada, 49, will serve as master of ceremonies for the upcoming President’s Gala at New Mexico Highlands University, a fundraiser to benefit NMHU scholarships.

  • State fines Mora school official $16K

    The state Public Education Department has yanked Roger Gonzales’ business license, and it is ordering him to repay $16,446 in school funding that it says he misspent plus an untold sum to cover the costs of the disciplinary proceedings against him.

    Gonzales, the chief operations officer of the Mora Independent School District, was also found to have been carrying out administrative duties without the required administrator’s license.

  • Scuffle between sheriff, deputy sparks investigation

    State police are investigating an incident that unfolded in Mora County on Saturday evening in which a dispute between the sheriff and one of his deputies over the handling of a drunk driving case allegedly resulted in a physical altercation.

    “There was an altercation between a deputy and myself,” Sheriff Thomas Garza told the Optic Thursday. “I don’t know what he was thinking or what... He was pretty much  insubordinate with me, so I terminated him.”

  • Weather - April 13, 2012

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Saturday