Today's News

  • Jeter’s gear now in Hall

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Derek Jeter donated to the Hall of Fame the batting helmet and batting gloves that he wore when he homered for his 3,000th hit.

    Jeter made the presentation during a brief ceremony honoring him for becoming the 28th player and first in pinstripes to reach the milestone before the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

  • Braves retire No. 6

    The Associated Press

    ATLANTA — There were 6s everywhere at Turner Field as the Braves honored Bobby Cox on Friday night.

    Cox’s No. 6 was cut into the outfield grass, painted on the bases and in front of the dugouts and, finally, unveiled on the stadium’s facade with eight others that have been retired by the team.

    Cox, who retired as manager last year, is the first to have his number retired by the Braves primarily for his work as manager. He led the team to 15 playoff appearances and the 1995 World Series championship.

  • Vatos rugby turns 20

    In the late winter of 1992, as the snow and ice began to melt in northern New Mexico, a fresh new idea was beginning to bud on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

    Well, it was fresh and new to the community, anyway.

  • Dallas rookie shines vs. Denver

    By Jamie Aron
    AP Pro Football Writer

    ARLINGTON, Texas  — Dwayne Harris’ head was spinning.

    Giddy just to be playing his first game for the Dallas Cowboys, the rookie receiver was learning on the fly, too. Coach Jason Garrett had just pointed out a mistake Harris made running with the ball after his last reception, and now quarterback Stephen McGee was telling him to be ready to recognize a blitz and change his route if it came.

    So, what did the kid do?

  • Looking Ahead - Sports August 15, 2011

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Vegas Boys vs. Louisville Chuggers, 6:30 p.m., Balls Deep vs. Dream Team, 7:30 p.m., city complex
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Lady Warriors vs. Vida Encantada, 6 p.m., Alta Vista vs. Bases Loaded, 7 p.m., NMHU field

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Dream Team vs. Tecolote, 6:30 p.m., Dream Team vs. Louisville Chuggers, 7:30 p.m., city complex

  • FYI - Sports

    Young American Football League registration is under way for the fall season. Forms can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $65. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 26. Sports physicals are mandatory. Grades 3-4 are in juniors division; grades 5-6 in seniors division. Mandatory player evaluation is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at Perkins Stadium; juniors at 8:30 a.m., seniors at 10:30 a.m.

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  • Man hurt in botched robbery

    Las Vegas police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two men who assaulted another man while trying to rob him last month.

    The victim in the case, 27-year old John Esquibel of Las Vegas, sustained severe head trauma and remains hospitalized in critical condition. The assault occurred at Ninth Street and Baca Avenue, near Perkins Stadium.

  • Farmers Market

    By Lee Einer
    For the Optic

    This year’s record drought left  many of the acequias empty of water and reduced the Gallinas and Pecos rivers to a series of shallow puddles in some areas downstream. Still, many area farmers are bucking the odds and putting fresh produce on local tables.

    The Tri-County Farmers Market is in full swing. Salad greens, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, turnips and much more are being sold, fresh from area farms.

  • County to seek help for Harlan Road

    Residents of the Glenwood Estates subdivision didn’t quite walk away from Tuesday’s San Miguel County Commission meeting with a commitment that the county would take over maintenance of the main road through the development.

    But they did get a promise that the county would work with the city and state Department of Transportation to try to find funding to upgrade the road and put it on the county road log. County Commissioner Arthur Padilla’s motion also asked county staff to do a one-time emergency repair of Harlan Road.

  • County ordinance hailed as model

    San Miguel County’s wind energy ordinance is being hailed by two national groups as a model for other communities.

    The ordinance has been selected for inclusion in the Successful Communities Online Toolkit by the A. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute, Planning and Zoning supervisor Alex Tafoya told commissioners Tuesday. He also noted that it’s the only wind ordinance to be included in the toolkit.

    “It’s nice to be recognized as having something that’s considered a best practice,” Tafoya said.