Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 22, 2011

    • State 9-10 tournament: Las Vegas vs. TBA, Roswell, 7:30 p.m.

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s all-star game, 6:30 p.m.; Las Vegas Adult League women’s all-star game, 7:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park or TBA

    • State juniors (13-14) tournament: La Plaza vs. TBA, 9 a.m., Zia, Albuquerque; other state tournament games TBA

  • FYI - Sports

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is accepting registrations for the 2011 fall season through August. Parents may register their youngsters online at lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or at DesertGate Internet 118 Bridge Street, Las Vegas.

    Those with questions are asked to call Shelby or Rachel Curtis at 505-652-4101.

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  • Tourney nears
  • Go Fish - July 22, 2011

    Editor’s note:

    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

  • BREAKING: Highlands football recruit arrested in connection with homicide

    Las Vegas police have arrested a New Mexico Highlands University football recruit who is wanted in California in connection with a homicide there, the university announced Wednesday afternoon. The release identifies the recruit as Brandon Johnson. Highlands campus police and the university's athletics department helped city police identify the student. Pick up a copy of Friday's Optic for more on this developing story.

  • Council to take up thorny issue

    City officials pushing for an extension of a city water line to Airport Road say the project is critical to boost fire protection for the northeast part of the city, improve water quality and service the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station.

    But opponents of the project say it hasn’t been listed as a high priority for the city and that if it passes, it’s only a matter of time before people illegally tapped into the city water system are rewarded.

  • Cemetery Vandalism

    The recent vandalism at the Masonic and Montefiore cemeteries appears to be the work of juveniles creating mischief, and not a hate crime, a city police commander said Sunday.

    “There’s no indication of a hate crime at this point,” Commander Mack Allingham told about 80 people who attended Sunday’s forum on the vandalism at the Presbyterian Church.

  • Counseling group closes its doors

    A local nonprofit that provides counseling to domestic violence offenders and people with substance abuse problems has had to close its doors temporarily.

    Somos Familia, located in the old Northeastern Regional Hospital building off Eighth Street, was forced to place most of its staff on temporary layoff status and cease providing services at the end of the day on Monday.

  • Man arrested on fifth DWI charge

    A 45-year-old man from Sena was arrested earlier this month on what state police say was his fifth drunken driving charge.

    Robert A. Martinez was arrested on July 8 on a charge of driving under the influence-fifth offense, a fourth-degree felony, and on two misdemeanors, driving with an open container and driving without his lights.  

    The probable cause statement filed last week states that Martinez was pulled over at about 10 p.m. on July 8 because he was driving without head lamps near the intersection of Hot Springs Boulevard and Mills Avenue.

  • Smaller chile crop expected this year

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — Green chile farmers in the Hatch and Mesilla valleys in southern New Mexico expect a smaller crop during this season due a scarcity of water.

    Farmers have had to rely almost exclusively on groundwater pumped from wells, and those farmers lacking wells have had to cut back on chile planting or switch to less thirsty crops, like cotton, which is priced at more than $1 per pound.