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Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Some people feed bears just for the photo op

    So there I was, visiting with my Optic compadres, friends when suddenly the whole press and production staff flew out the front door. Someone shouted “There’s a bear in the tree” and there was a bear in a tree, across the tree, in a big fir tree. The game wardens tranquilized him, and turned him loose in distant mountains.

  • RHS takes aim at team tennis titles

    Defending champion Robertson finds itself as the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s Class 1A-4A girls’ team tennis tournament.

    The Lady Cardinals will begin play against No. 7 St. Michael’s at 9 a.m. Friday on the campus of Albuquerque Academy.

    Five singles matches will start things off, followed by two doubles contests at 10:30.

    The winner moves on to the semifinals and will face whoever emerges from the No. 3 Bosque-No. 6 Portales meeting happening at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

  • State track: Pecos, Mora athletes head to UNM

    The following is a list of area qualifiers for this weekend’s small-school state track and field championships at UNM Track Complex in Albuquerque. The meet begins at 8 a.m. Friday and runs through Saturday. Admission is $8 general, $5 students and seniors.

    CLASS 2A GIRLS
    1,600-METER RUN: 3. Analisa Chavez, Mora, 6:01.04; 6. Natalia Marrujo, Mora, 6:30.24
    3,200-METER RUN: 2. Analisa Chavez, Mora, 12:33.04; 7. Natalia Marrujo, Mora, 14:02.24

    CLASS 2A BOYS
    100-METER DASH: 5. John Olivas, Mora, 11.44

  • Highlands to host camps in football, basketball

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team and head coach Brianna Finch are pleased to announce a free basketball clinic for boys and girls ages 6-13 at the Wilson Complex on Saturday, May 16. The camp will run from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Quintana, Gallegos to represent Vegas in state golf tournaments

    A pair of local golfers will be competing for state championships Monday and Tuesday at the Canyon Club in Albuquerque.

    Joedy Quintana, a West Las Vegas senior, is in the Class 4A girls’ field, while Robert Gallegos, a Robertson junior, is in on the boys’ side.

    Quintana is a state tournament veteran with several appearances to her credit. She achieved a career-best fourth place in the 2014 tourney held at New Mexico State in Las Cruces after winning the individual District 2-3A girls’ championship.

  • Panthers slash to win in state debut

    No. 4 seeded Pecos (17-9) played some stingy baseball in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament Wednesday, shutting down No. 13 Navajo Prep 12-0.

    Pecos’ ace Arturo "Tutti" Archuleta threw a one-hitter in a commanding performance that propels the Panthers to the quarterfinal round Wednesday, May 13, in Albuquerque. Pecos will play No. 5 Mesilla Valley Christian, a 6-5 victor against No. 12 Santa Rosa. That quarterfinal game will start at 10 a.m. at Lobo Field.

  • Youth Soccer - May 8

    The following are upcoming games scheduled by the Las Vegas Youth Soccer League:

    MAY 2-3

    U6 DIVISION
    All U6 games are played at 9 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.

    Mexico vs. USA, Field 1; Russia vs. Peru, Field 2; Greece vs. Chile, Field 3; Italy vs. Croatia, Field 4

    U8 DIVISION
    All U8 games are played at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Commerce Street Park.

  • Go Fish - May 8

    Fishing report, May 5

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow. Fishing pressure was light.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow was 43 cfs near Cimarron. Trout fishing in the lower canyon below Clear Creek was fair for anglers using brassies, bead head hare’s ears and Panther Martins. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was slow to fair using worms, garlic scented Power Bait and spinners.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - May 8, 2015

    Friday
    Baseball
    • First round of state tournaments
    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacaramento RiverCats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.
    Softball
    • First round of state tournaments
    Tennis
    • State championships, Albuquerque
    Track and field
    • Class 1A-3A state championships, Albuquerque

  • FYI - Sports - May 8

    Golf tourney to benefit NMHU
    The Highlands athletic department announces its inaugural golf outing on Saturday, June 6, at Pendaries Mountain Community and Golf Resort in Rociada.