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  • Looking Back May 11, 2016

    Thursday, May 12, 1966 — Mary London Walker, a senior from Houston, was crowned Miss Southwest Wind 1966 at the annual pageant in University Hall. Other finalists were Nancy Walkers, Gayle Gallagher, Rita Greene and Olivia Lovato. The judges were Orlando Maes, Jim Grebe, Bill Roush, Stuart Beck and Dennis Mitchell.

  • Weather May 11, 2016


    HIGH 73° / LOW 40°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

    5:59 a.m. to 7:56 p.m.




  • Que Pasa May 11, 2016


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.


    1 to 2 p.m.

  • Retired judge receives national award

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas resident and retired Judge J. Michael Kavanaugh was honored on April 4 at the 2016 Lifesavers Conference in Long Beach, Calif. 

    Mark Rosekind, administrator for the National Highway Traffic Administration, presented the National Public Service Award to Judge Kavanaugh as part of that organization’s national gathering.

  • Noticias May 11, 2016

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  • Mora sluggers earn No. 4 seed

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Mora Rangers were rewarded with the No. 4 seed in the eight-team Class 1A-2A baseball tournament and begin the drive toward the championship on Wednesday evening in Rio Rancho.

    The selection and seeding was announced Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    Mora (16-6) will play No. 5 Gateway Christian (8-9) at 7 p.m. at Rio Rancho High School. The Rangers are led by Alonzo Aragon (.583 batting average.

    Mora and Gateway are 1-5 and 2-1, respectively, vs. common opponents Santa Rosa, Melrose and McCurdy.

  • Cowboys end year in Denver

    Las Vegas Optic

    Highlands baseball dropped its final three games of a spring of building this past weekend at Regis in Denver.

    NMHU finished 14-34 overall and 11-24 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play under second-year coach Shannon Hunt.

    The Rangers won all seven head-to-head meetings with the Cowboys this season, including the last three by tallies of 8-2, 5-3 and 3-1.

    Highlands scored first in Friday’s opener off a Jeremy McCarty sacrifice fly and trailed 3-2 before Regis scored five unanswered in the seventh.

  • No. 1 Lady Cards advance

    No. 1 Robertson made it five lopsided wins in as many tries against No. 16 Taos, this time in the opening round of the Class 4A state softball tournament Saturday morning at RHS Field.

    The game was called roughly 45 minutes after first pitch, with Robertson up 17-0.

    Senior Elicia Trujillo, playing in her final home game, added to her home run total with one of several big extra-base hits for the Lady Cards.

    Kendra Duran struck out five in three innings’ work.

  • Taos cools hot streak for WLV boys, RHS girls

    For weeks, West Las Vegas’ boys and Robertson’s girls have been on quite the roll in prep track and field competition.
    Then on Friday, the defending District 2-4A champ Taos delivered a reality check.

    The Tigers won the boys’ district meet (194.5 points compared to West’s 127) as well as the girls’ (172.5 to Robertson’s 115.5).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 11, 2016

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 10:35 a.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
    •State tournaments, TBA
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keys Park
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    •La Plaza and Las Vegas Little League games, TBA
    •State tournaments, TBA

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 6:35 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
    •State tournaments, TBA