Today's News

  • Former Isotope runner-up in derby

    Former Albuquerque Isotope Joc Pederson finished second in this year’s Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, held Monday night in Cincinnati as part of the All-Star festivities.

    Pederson crushed 14 home runs in the final round only to see hometown hero Todd Frazier of the Reds hit 15 — the last coming in bonus time. This year’s derby followed a different format, awarding bonus time based on the distance of the homers hit in the allotted regular time each round.

  • Go Fish - July 17

    Fishing report, July 14

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using Power Bait and stone fly nymphs. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow on Monday near Cimarron was 121 cfs. Fishing was fair using red copper John Barrs, Cimarron specials, worms and spinners. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was good using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 17, 2015

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Santa Fe Fuego, 6 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  
    • State Little League tournaments, various sites

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Santa Fe Fuego, 11 a.m., Brandt Park; Robbers at Fuego, TBA, Santa Fe
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • State Little League tournaments, various sites

  • Revisiting the Kid’s death

    Las Vegas Optic

    He was arguably the most notorious outlaw to ever roam the New Mexico Territory.

    Billy the Kid developed a reputation as a young desperado, a stone-cold killer and a bold thief who terrorized New Mexico during its territorial days, although many believe his exploits have been greatly embellished.   

    This month marks the 134th anniversary of Billy the Kid’s death, but he continues to captivate and intrigue historians and regular people alike. And we continue to debate details about his life and death.

  • Luna to offer heavy equipment certification

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College will soon begin offering nationally recognized heavy equipment certifications. Students will be able to get certified in scrapers, bulldozers, all-terrain forklifts, skid loaders, backhoes, wheel loaders, excavators, motor graders and compaction equipment, LCC building trades instructor Joseph Montoya said.  

  • Spacecraft makes flyby of Pluto

    By Marcia Dunn
    AP Aerospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making.

    The moment of closest approach for the New Horizons spacecraft came around 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday, culminating an epic journey from planet Earth that spanned more than 3 billion miles and 9½ years.

  • Looking Back - July 15, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, July 16 — Highlands University’s hope for an immediate start on its new library was momentarily stalled Thursday when bids for the new structure exceeded the money available, Dr. Guy Burris, vice-president of Highlands, said this morning. Bidders and their bids on the library included Pecos Construction Co., Roswell, $839,636; W. R. Bauske and Co., Clovis, $839,843; La Mesa Builders, Albuquerque, $877,0000; and Compton Construction Co., Roswell, $950,654.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 15, 2015

    Block Party Event set for Saturday
    A Block Party/Mural Beautification Event will take place on Saturday, July 18 at 713 Railroad Ave. For more information, call Amistad y Resolana at 425-2687.

  • Weather - July 15, 2015

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5-10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Almost Missoula time

    Submitted to the Optic

    Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to Las Vegas to give our children the opportunity to get up on stage and be a part of a musical theatre production. This year’s play will be Blackbeard the Pirate. Sponsors are Highlands University, Las Vegas Arts Council and corporate sponsor Southwest Capital Bank.