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Today's News

  • Lady Dons make final four

    In the end, only District 2-3A rival Raton — and really, just one or two productive innings — stood in the way of a spot in the state championship game.

    West Las Vegas shocked third-seeded Portales 11-4 in the first round of the Class 3A state softball tournament on Friday in Las Cruces.

    Then the Lady Dons, the 14th seeded team in the field, upended sixth-seeded Miyamura 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

    Those two upsets moved West into a Saturday morning semifinal matchup with Raton — the district champion and the No. 2 team in the state.

  • 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.

    TUESDAY, MAY 11

    Las Vegas minors: Cubs 14, Dodgers 3; Padres 9, Cardinals 8

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 12

    Las Vegas softball: Pink Sox 10, Stars 9; Psychlones 19, Longhorns 19 (will resume at later date)

    Las Vegas majors: Red Sox 24, Mets 14; Reds 13, Rockies 6

    THURSDAY, MAY 13

    Las Vegas minors: Cubs 8, DBacks 3; Mariners 2, Padres 1

    FRIDAY, MAY 14

  • As It Is: 'Breakfast Club,' here I come

    Last week, I went to Municipal Court to answer to my ticket for speeding on Bridge Street, going 34 miles in a 15-mph zone around 8 a.m. on a weekday.

    It was my second citation in recent times. I also got a ticket a few months ago for exceeding the speed limit on the Highlands University campus. Then, Judge Eddie Trujillo gave me a $29 court fee and deferred my fine if I kept my nose clean for a month.

  • Letter: Tuesday meals at senior center

    With great thankfulness and appreciation, we are pleased to announce that the free Tuesday evening meal is being started again.  Thanks to Mayor Ortiz and Theresa Lopez at the Las Vegas Senior Citizen Center, we are being given the use of the Senior Citizen Center to offer this service to the community.

  • Four finalists named for Mora schools

    State Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, was originally considered the only applicant for Mora schools superintendent to have submitted all that was required in his application packet.

    With member George Trujillo absent, the school board on Tuesday unanimously picked four finalists: Garcia, a Luna Community College instructor; Herman Gallegos, former director of human resources for the Pueblo of Pojoaque; Norma Cavazos, director of support services for the Pecos schools; and Phil Kasper, a principal in the Cortez, Colo., schools.

  • Letter: Goodall visit was challenging

    Recently, while at Highlands University, I found out that Dr. Jane Goodall was visiting Las Vegas. I am a retired chemist and this was exciting news.  

    When I got to the Plaza Hotel, Dr. Goodall was viewing the science exhibits of the students from Los Niños school. I have to agree with Dr. Goodall in that the exhibits were very well done. I had been a science fair judge for 10 years and have seen few science projects done that well by students of any age in public school.

  • Lady Card linksters fifth

    High winds helped drive scores up this week at the Class 3A state golf championships, and the Robertson Lady Cardinals wound up fifth in the team standings.

    The tournament was held at New Mexico Tech course in Socorro.

    Robertson compiled a two-day team score of 831, three strokes behind Bosque and nine behind third-place St. Michael’s.

    Socorro (749) had the best round each day and held off Hot Springs (806) for the girls’ team title.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Social networking

    Recently, I got a wake-up call from individuals on my e-mail contact list. It appears that an Internet social network named Que Pasa informed my friends that I had invited them to sign on to the group.

    Not true! Anyhow, I hurriedly informed my key contacts that they should be wary because I feared that my contact list had been hijacked to recruit them; in short time, I received responses, and it appears many had been contacted in my name.  

  • Frankie vs. Johnny III is June 12

    Las Vegas’ Frankie Archuleta and former world champion Johnny Tapia will meet in the ring for a third (and decisive?) professional boxing match June 12 at the Ohkay Casino in Española.

    Archuleta and Tapia were the star attractions Wednesday at a public press conference hosted by Crespin’s Gym, part of a series of pre-fight publicity jaunts for the rivals. (Due to court-imposed obligations, Tapia was present only briefly, though he spent time in town earlier in the day — including lunch at Charlie’s.)

  • Regional under way in Farmington

    Capsules about the six teams playing in the NCAA Division II Central Regional under way through Sunday at Ricketts Park in Farmington: