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Today's News

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — April 23, 2017

    The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    MONDAY
    Posole, salad with dressing, mustard greens, garlic bread, and pumpkin spice cookie

    TUESDAY
    Hamburger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, potato salad, creamy coleslaw, and cottage cheese with pears

    WEDNESDAY
    Liver and onions, mashed potatoes, green beans, sliced cucumbers, wheat roll with margarine, and peaches and strawberries with topping

  • Scoring in the classroom

    Continuing a tradition of solid performance in the classroom, New Mexico Highlands baseball and softball players were among those honored with All-Academic selection in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this spring.

    The RMAC, based in Colorado Springs, announced the All-Academic honorees this past week.

    Fourteen from Highlands were honorable mentions for baseball and softball.

    Cowboys on the list:
    • Steven Bishop, a senior from Albuquerque, who posted a 3.68 grade point average in human performance and sport.

  • Lady Cards clinch share of district title

    With a pair of lopsided wins — 17-1 and 16-1 — at Pojoaque Valley on Thursday, the Robertson softball team assured itself of at least a share of the District 2-4A championship.

    Coach Michael Quintana’s squad is 17-6 overall and 9-0 in the district. The team is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A behind only Silver (17-5), according to MaxPreps’ ratings.

  • Go Fish - April 23, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers an≠d anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Mani Loveless of Albuquerque caught her biggest largemouth bass ever April 15. The bass measured 24 inches and was caught on a curly tail grub tipped with a night crawler.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 23, 2017

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  
    Soccer
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College, Montezuma
    Softball
    • NMHU at Colorado-Colorado Springs (DH), 11 a.m., Colorado Springs  

  • Gov defends budget vetoes

    As Gov. Susana Martinez made her way across northern New Mexico this week, continuing a public relations tour after her vetoes of the state budget and funding for higher education made national headlines, she pointed the blame for the impasse directly at state legislators.

    “I’ve been disappointed before,” she told the Optic in a one-on-one interview Tuesday, “but I’ve never felt like they left New Mexico hanging in the balance like this session. The budget they sent me is not balanced, and they overspent.”

  • Man facing 35 counts for using gas card

    A former city of Las Vegas employee has landed himself in trouble for allegedly using a credit card belonging to the city. Andres Garcia, 28, of El Llano Road allegedly used a city credit gas card to fill up tanks for out-of-town medical appointments several times between September and February while he was still on the city payroll.

    Garcia has been charged with for using a credit gas card belonging to the city 35 times over six months.

  • Teeing up for spring
  • Plenty on tap for Earth Day

    A full slate of activities is scheduled in town over the next couple of weeks as Earth Day and Arbor Day are observed in the Meadow City.

    Earth Day is this coming weekend.

    A Planet Earth series of films will be shown free of charge at Ilfeld Auditorium on April 22, 25 and 27.

    The following weekend will be full of activity as well.

    On Friday, April 28, a Las Vegas Arbor Day Celebration kicks off at 2 p.m. at Carnegie Park. A short walking tour “to meet the trees” will follow.

  • Drunk driver’s passenger a young child, police say

    A young child was apparently a passenger in the vehicle of a man state police believe was driving while being nearly three times the legal limit for presumed intoxication.

    Terry Huff, 56, of Greeley, Colo., was arrested this past Friday night near Pecos. He faces multiple criminal charges, including DWI, child abuse and reckless driving.

    Huff has been arrested at least 10 times previously on DWI charges, police said.