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  • Noticias April 20, 2016

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    •Lions Club Glasses Collection Boxes are at the following locations. Banks: Community First, Legion; Southwest Capital, Douglas; State Employees Credit Union, Mills. Optical: Eye Associates, Infinite Vision, Insight Optical, Walmart, Other: Alta Vista Hospital Gift Shop, Legion. Used glasses are repaired then donated to charity groups serving those in need around the world.

  • Highlands’ Career Fair set for Thursday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University students and alumni have the opportunity to meet a record number of employers and recruiters at the university’s annual Spring Career Fair on Thursday.

    The free event requires no pre-registration and will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, 800 National Ave.

  • Vatos fall in regional final

    New Mexico Highlands’ pursuit of a national championship in small-college rugby came to a halt in the regional final this past weekend in Vallejo, Calif.

    The Vatos reached the Elite Eight but lost to national playoff veteran Claremont Colleges 37-22 in the PacWest Region championship on Sunday.

  • Topes get even with Tacoma

    Las Vegas Optic

    Chris Nelson launched a solo home run in the fourth inning to give Albuquerque an 11-3 advantage en route to an 11-6 win Monday against visiting Tacoma at Isotopes Park.

    The Isotopes, who evened their season record at 6-6, did most of the damage in the bottom of the second, when they bullied Rainiers staring pitcher Joe Wieland for seven runs.

    Nelson finished 4 for 4 with four runs batted in and two runs scored.

  • Portales tees off at Vegas’ expense

    Las Vegas Optic

    Portales has officially joined the conversation as to who is the best Class 4A softball team in New Mexico.

    With road sweeps of West Las Vegas and No. 1 Robertson over the weekend, the Lady Rams improved their record to 14-5 and figured to climb in the polls this week.

    Wendy Baeza, a Portales eighth-grader, was superlative in the pitching circle and recorded all four wins.

    On Friday, the Lady Rams defeated West 13-4 and 8-3, ending the Lady Dons’ six-game win streak.

  • Locals dominate Meadow City Invite

    Local boys won 12 individual events and girls took first in another half dozen to put a hometown stamp on the Meadow City Invitational this past week at Cardinal Stadium.

    Miguel Coca raced to first place in three distance events — the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 — to lead West Las Vegas to its second boys’ team title in less than three weeks. The Dons’ 125 team points positioned them comfortably ahead of St. Michael’s (93), Robertson (73) and Santa Rosa (66) atop the leaderboard.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 20, 2016

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    Softball
    •West Las Vegas JV vs. St. Mike’s, 3 p.m., WLV Field
    Tennis
    •Robertson boys at New Mexico Military, 3 p.m., Roswell

  • West board member resigns

    A West Las Vegas School board member has given up the fight to keep his seat. During a lengthy board meeting Thursday evening, Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez resigned from his position ­— six days before the deadline the state Attorney General’s office gave him to resign.

    His resignation comes slightly more than a year after he was sworn into office. The state Attorney General’s office urged Benavidez to resign from his position by April 20.

  • Infestation prompts court closure

    Mora County Magistrate Court shut down at noon on Wednesday and remained closed through Friday due to a small animal infestation below the portable building the court operates out of.

    The stench of urine permeated the air in the modular building, and at least one court employee was getting sick with the odor, according to a local attorney who was at the court on Wednesday.

  • State Police work to change Amber Alert system

    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico State Police Department is working to change the way Amber Alerts are issued so officers have more control over what information is broadcast after a child is abducted.

    State Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Armijo said the changes have been in the works for months and are not because of misinformation that was sent during an Amber Alert on Monday, according to The Albuquerque Journal.