Today's News

  • Hackers prevail again

    Too much power.

    The Benavidez Construction Hackers men’s softball team usually has too much power for its opponents. Sometimes, the Hackers unleash too much power for their own good, too.

    Such was the case Sunday afternoon when, having quickly exceeded the five home runs allowed by league rules, the Hackers smashed a couple more long balls for good measure.

    As per regulations, those were recorded as outs instead of base-clearing hits.

  • Mora racks up nearly 400 rush yards

    Mora head football coach Manuel Benavidez is hoping his Rangers can stay under the radar for the time being.

    That might be easier said than done in light of the team’s 56-6 drubbing of Wingate to open the season this past Friday night at Fort Wingate.

    Louis Montoya accounted for 111 yards of offense and two touchdowns, and quarterback Danny Enriquez had 106 yards and two more scores to lead the Rangers to victory in their first varsity game back since the program was discontinued several years ago.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports Aug. 31, 2011

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • Robertson boys vs. Ruidoso, 3 p.m., RHS field
    • Robertson girls at Goddard, 3 p.m., Roswell
    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    • Robertson vs. Lovington, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Española Valley, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium

  • NBA talks on Wednesday

    NEW YORK — Two people with knowledge of the plans say the lead negotiators for the NBA owners and players will meet Wednesday for just the second time since the lockout began.

  • FYI - Sports

    Las Vegas Adult Softball League registration is under way for fall regular and co-ed leagues. Rosters can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $200 for an eight-game schedule and single-elimination tournament. Games will be held on Sundays at Rodriguez Park complex. Deadline to register and submit complete rosters is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Games begin the first week of September.

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  • Bear invasion closes river walk

    Numerous bear sightings in and around the Gallinas Park River Walk have forced officials to close the popular exercise trail from Bridge Street to Mills Avenue.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño announced the closure Friday morning after more bear sightings there Thursday night. One bear was even caught on camera at the State Employees Credit Union. That bear managed to escape capture.

    Montaño said the river walk was closed due to safety concerns. A lot of walkers use the trail in the evening, when the bears are looking for food, he said.

  • Friday Night Lights
  • Two city employees suspended

    Two city of Las Vegas water department employees were suspended recently for failing to follow safety rules, the city confirmed last week.

    City Attorney Dave Romero said he could not reveal the names of the two employees because personnel actions are confidential. Romero said the incident occurred earlier this month.

  • Man to stand trial in grandma’s death

    The Las Vegas man accused of beating his grandmother to death in February 2010 will stand trial for murder after all.

    Ryan Garcia, 28,  had been found to be unfit for trial after the attack. But he has since been treated to competency.

    According to a court document, a forensic evaluator for the state Behavioral Health Institute concluded that Garcia is currently competent to stand trial.

  • Poll: Locals favor military cuts

    Submitted to the Optic

    Where do the people of Las Vegas stand on difficult questions about the national economy? What is the relative importance of jobs versus cuts in spending? Where can cuts be made? Should taxes be raised? How do our opinions compare with those of the country as a whole?

    The annual Penny Poll conducted at the People’s Faire by the Las Vegas Committee for Peace and Justice attempted to answer these questions.