Today's News

  • Trudell’s documentary showing at Ilfeld Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    New Mexico Highlands University will present Tara Trudell’s narrative documentary film Poem Home at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.
    Trudell, 44, of Las Vegas, is an award-winning filmmaker and poet who will graduate from Highlands University in the fall semester with a BFA in media arts with an emphasis in filmmaking.

  • Que Pasa - May 29, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Summer Days” by Roger Pare. Free and open to the public.
    • Basement Bargain Sale,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at United Methodist Church. Eighth and National. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. They will not accept any clothes or books. All proceeds will benefit United Methodist Church.


  • Crespin back in ring on Friday

    Las Vegas professional boxer Arturo “El Toro” Crespin will make his long-awaited return to the ring this coming weekend.

    Crespin is due to fight Charles Alderete in a six-round middleweight bout on Friday at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque.

    For ticket information, locals can contact Carlos Crespin, 429-4068. Tickets range from $25 to $75.

    The fight is part of a card headlined by an eight-round welterweight battle between Josh “Pitbull” Torres and Marcus Brashears.

  • Robbers play hosts

    After a quick detour to Taos today, the Las Vegas Train Robbers’ first homestand in club history continues this week at Rodriguez Park.

    The team, part of the Pecos League, an independent minor league baseball outfit, hosted its first home game Tuesday night. (See Friday’s Optic for coverage.)

    Las Vegas hosts the Taos Blizzard at 7 p.m. Thursday and the Santa Fe Fuego at 7 on Friday.

    Admission is $6, and concessions will be available.

    The Train Robbers and manager Casey Dill are due to play at Taos at noon today.

  • Fabian Trujillo Run ready for a second lap

    The inaugural Fabian Trujillo Memorial Run and Walk drew dozens of participants and roughly as many spectators to the Gene Torres Golf Course last summer.
    This year organizers are hoping to match or eclipse 2012’s promising start as they pay tribute to the longtime teacher and coach, who died in a 2011 car accident.
    This year’s Fabian Trujillo Memorial will take place Saturday, June 15, at the golf course. Early registration will be available locally via Dinah Maynes, and sign-up will be available on the morning of the run.

  • Isotopes tune out Sounds

    Three unanswered runs in the top of the ninth broke a 4-4 tie for a 7-4 Albuquerque victory Monday at Nashville, and the visiting Isotopes (26-25)clinched a series win over the struggling Sounds (14-35).
    Second baseman Alfredo Amezaga drove in the game-winning run, plus two more for insurance, with a double to left field off Nashville reliever Travis Webb.
    Amezaga was tagged out trying to stretch the double into a triple, but it was just the second out of the frame, and the damage had been done.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 29, 2013

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Taos, noon, Taos
    • La Plaza Little League games: Cubs vs. Astros (minors), 5:30 p.m., White Sox vs. A’s (majors), 5:30 p.m., Blue Jays vs. Rockies (majors), 7:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games: Reds vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m., Angels vs. Orioles, 7:30 p.m., Bats vs. Red Wings, 6:15 p.m., Threshers vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League game: Lady Bandits vs. LVLL team TBA (interleague), 7 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • State-of-the-art learning

    Luna Community College’s nursing program got a little stronger Tuesday as the college unveiled a new state-of-the art simulation lab that students will be training in.

    Gov. Susana Martinez was on hand as college officials unveiled the lab, which was made possible by a Title V grant.

    “It’s an exciting day for us to showcase the state-of-the-art simulation lab...,” LCC Title V Director Lorraine Martinez said. “A new era of medical learning will be addressed with simulators.”

  • Obstacles no match for RHS grad

    Raymundo Melendez   walked across the stage at Robertson High School on Friday morning, marking an end to a conquered challenge. Graduating from high school took lots of hard work, dedication and focus for Melendez, who has severe learning disabilities.

    Nevertheless, the 18-year-old defied the odds.

    “I have a disability in reading and math,” Melendez said during a recent interview. “I just got my report card today (Thursday) and I got an A in pre-calculus. So, I am very proud of that.”

  • Vandalism case handed to state police

    New Mexico State Police has taken over the investigation of the Robertson High School vandalism.

    The Las Vegas Police Department turned the criminal case over to state police on Thursday in an effort to avoid any appearance of impropriety, Deputy Las Vegas Chief Eugene Garcia confirmed.

    In addition, Garcia said the damage estimate has been reduced from the original estimate of between $20,000 and $40,000 to $2,000. The reduced estimate could mean that anyone charged in the vandalism  would face lesser charges.