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Today's News

  • Las Vegas sluggers look for progress

    With the state tournaments less than a month away, Las Vegas’ high school baseball teams are looking to cure what ails them in time to make a run.

    Robertson baseball, once ranked third in Class 3A, is trying to get back on track. Coach Shannon Aragon said playing well throughout a game is key.  

    “It has been frustrating because the team has so much potential and we are underachieving,” he said.  “We have been committing too many errors, and the players need to continue battling until the game is over.”

  • Rodeo safe for now

    One of two endangered sports programs at New Mexico Highlands University is reportedly safe — at least through the 2010-11 academic year.

    Citing what it called “a very generous gift” of $100,000 from two state officials — Gov. Bill Richardson and state Sen. Phil Griego — the school’s sports information department on Wednesday announced that NMHU’s rodeo club would be spared the ax, at least for the time being.

  • Letter: Wind project jobs will be replaced

    In regards to the mesa wind project, I’d like to express caution about relying on corporate promises of long-term jobs for the area.

    In business terms, jobs are labor expenses. These dirty and dangerous jobs eventually will be engineered out of the equation, replaced by computers. Since the priority is profit, there is no social contract obligating this company to employ anyone at all.

  • Mora has new AD

    The Mora Independent Schools district has a new athletic coordinator.

    Marco Sanchez is not new to the Mora Schools. He graduated from Mora High School in 1998. Nor is he new to athletics, as he was a member of the Mora basketball team that were the state basketball champions in 1998.

    Sanchez, who notes that the champion Rangers were guided by Manuel Romero, says he has the highest regard  for his former coach. He says he appreciates Romero’s positive attitude and counts him as one of his mentors as well as a good athlete himself.

  • Work of Art: A midnight dive into Storrie

    Back in the olden days, before Storrie Lake became a state park and when entry was free, I once took a couple of neighbor-acquaintances swimming. I call them acquaintances because they were not exactly my friends.

    Without getting into the semantics of what a friend is, let me explain that they were simply young men my age whom I saw regularly but who weren’t part of my circle.

  • Editorial: Don't fence out public

    Storrie Lake has been in the state park system for decades. So it’s no surprise that Las Vegas residents see this attraction as the domain of no particular group or person but, rather, as public property.

    The state, however, doesn’t own most of the park’s land. Instead, it’s the property of the Storrie Project Water Users Association, which serves ranchers, farmers and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Top state official travels to Las Vegas in chopper

    State Department of Public Safety Secretary John Denko came to Las Vegas last week in a state police helicopter.

    It costs $600 an hour to run the chopper.

    But Denko said the trip to the Meadow City wasn’t for him. He said the two pilots needed some training time —  one of whom hadn’t flown in the Las Vegas area before.

    He said he came along because he has much experience piloting helicopters.

  • RHS boys 2nd, girls 3rd in Cruces

    Robertson knocked off larger schools en route to dual top-three finishes over the weekend in a Las Cruces tennis tournament.

    The Cardinal boys finished second only to Las Cruces’ Mayfield High in the six-team fray.

    Meanwhile, the RHS girls placed third, not far behind champ Clovis and runner-up Mayfield.

    Coach Juan Carlos Fulgenzi guided his boys’ squad to 14 match wins and three team points.

  • Grievance filed vs. coach

    Luna Community College baseball players have filed a formal grievance against head coach Peter Ortiz alleging that he has been intoxicated during the team’s road trips.

    The Optic has been unable to reach Ortiz for comment.

    The coach was placed on administrative leave earlier this season for unspecified reasons but returned to work in late March. Assistant Antonio Siqueiros filled in during the leave.

  • Baca, Quintana pace RHS linksters

    Brandon Baca and Jayme Quintana posted state-qualifying scores Monday in the Capital City Golf Invitational at the Santa Fe Country Club.

    For Quintana, it was the fourth qualifying leg (only three are required) of the season. The Robertson standout shot an 85, placing third overall.