Today's News

  • Above and Beyond: It's fiesta time

    April Esquibel saw herself as nerdy — and she wanted to change her self-image. So she started competing in pageants.

    The 18-year-old now is Miss Santa Fe and held the titles of Miss Las Vegas 2009 and Hispanic Teen New Mexico 2006. She is this year’s Fiesta queen, with the event taking place this weekend.

  • Adult Softball

    The following are recent scores and upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league.

    Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex.

    Men’s division

    Recent scores:

    MONday, June 28

    Tecolote 42, Louisville Chuggers 24; Dream Team 16, Vegas Boyz 7; DB’s Milkmen 25, Blaze 10

    Upcoming games:

    MONday, JuLY 5

    Tecolote vs. Dream Team, 6:15 p.m.; DB’s Milkmen vs. Buzzards, 7:30 p.m.; Vegas Boyz vs. Blaze, 8:45 p.m.

  • County changes panel after criticism

    The San Miguel County Commission this week decided to change the composition of its oil gas task force after some contended that it was heavily weighted toward the industry.

    County officials said they wanted to change the makeup of the 10-member task force after they received disclosure forms from applicants.

    In April, the commission formed the task force to make recommendations for an ordinance that would deal specifically with oil and gas drilling. No requests for drilling are pending, but there are some in neighboring counties.

  • RHS probation kept quiet

    Diehard Robertson High School football fans know that the team won the state championship in 2005 and 2006.

    But it wasn’t publicly known that the New Mexico Activities Association placed the football program on probation for two years.

    The information came out in a lawsuit filed this week by victims in the sexual assaults during a football camp in August 2008. It was included to demonstrate alleged incompetence and negligence in the program.

    Three school board members interviewed this week said they had no idea about the probation.

  • Vegas man gets 10th DWI

    A Las Vegas man was charged with his 10th DWI over the weekend, with an officer’s having to place a spike strip to stop him, state police said.

    Michael Benavidez, 49, 2328 N. Gonzales St., was charged with aggravated DWI, driving on a suspended or revoked license, evading an officer and having an open container of alcohol.

  • Little League

    The following are recent results and upcoming games for Little League.

    LVLL games take place at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent results:

    TUESday, June 29

    Las Vegas minors (tournament): Red Sox d. Dodgers, Diamondbacks d. Padres, Cardinals d. Mariners, Cubs d. Rockies

    WEDNESday, June 30

    Las Vegas minors (tournament): Red Sox d. Diamondbacks, Cardinals d. Cubs

    Upcoming games:

    FRIday, JuLY 2

    Las Vegas minors (tournament final): Red Sox vs. Cardinals, 6:30 p.m.

  • Letter: Does that banner yet wave?

    In the nearly 40 years I have been here to enjoy the Fiestas de Las Vegas, they have always included a great parade. Parades here are wonderful and attendance is spectacular.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    LVLL games take place at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    FRIday, June 25

    Las Vegas softball (tournament final): Lady Devils 11, Stars 0

    SATURday, June 26

    Las Vegas majors (tournament final): Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESday, June 30

    Las Vegas tee-ball: Indians vs. Dodgers, Padres vs. Braves, 5 p.m.

  • North-South coming

    The annual Class 3A North-South All-Star boys’ and girls’ basketball and football games are slated for July 9-10 on the Highlands University campus.

    Participants from across the state will arrive in town early this coming week for practices and activities. A committee of local volunteers headed by Connie Trujillo coordinates the event.

    See the Optic next week for more on North-South.

  • Little League all-stars named

    Save for this week’s Las Vegas Little League minors baseball tournament — during which the Red Sox will try to repeat as champions — local Little League fans’ attention is turning to the district all-star tournaments, which begin July 10 in Raton.