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Today's News

  • Lawyers volunteer to help detainees

    The Associated Press
    ARTESIA — Attorneys from around the country have been traveling to a temporary detention center in New Mexico to provide pro-bono representation to immigrants there.
    Around a dozen immigration attorneys recently arrived in Artesia from Colorado, Nevada, New York and Minnesota, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Advocates said the lawyers are needed since many of the women and children from Central America were being deported.

  • Council OKs ‘luring’ funds

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A sharply divided Santa Fe City Council voted Wednesday to spend up to $100,000 to try to lure “The Bachelor” to the northern New Mexico city.
    By a vote of 5-4, councilors approved a funding request from the convention and visitors bureau to try to get the ABC dating show to film an episode in Santa Fe.
    Supporters say Santa Fe could use a tourism boost and the filming could showcase some of the city’s attractions.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 1, 2014

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    New restaurant halts booze sales  

  • In the Long Run, Part 3
  • NFL teams keeping fingers crossed

    AP Pro Football Writer
    Now that training camps are under  way, team owners and fantasy football fans alike are holding their collective breath, praying to reach the regular season with their rosters intact.
    Chances are they won’t.
    Three playmaking linebackers didn’t even make it through the offseason healthy: Dallas’ Sean Lee, Buffalo’s Kiko Alonso and Atlanta’s Sean Weatherspoon, all hurt in seemingly tame circumstances.

  • Baseball reduces time for Hall vote

    The Associated Press
    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.  — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made July 26.

    The Hall of Fame’s board cut a player’s eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers’ ballot. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, shunned so far along with other Steroids Era stars, can be considered up to eight more times each by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

  • Juniors set for return

    The Team New Mexico uniforms are pressed. The gear is loaded. And the all-important caravan is ready for a quick hourlong drive down I-25.

    Las Vegas’ juniors softball team will represent all of New Mexico in addition to the Meadow City in the Southwest Regional Championship, which gets under way Saturday morning in Santa Fe.

    The squad, coached by Michael Quintana, Angela Pino and Ernesto Salazar, will play West Texas at 10:30 a.m..

  • Deadline here for YAFL, LVYSL sign-up

    Registration for Las Vegas Young American Football League and the Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is wrapping up this week.

    YAFL sign-up is available through the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, and registration packets are available there.
    Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 1, with player evaluations to be held Sunday, Aug. 3.

    Players must have their sports physicals in order to take part or to receive equipment.

    Children grades 3-6 are welcome to play in YAFL; cost starts at $65 per child. See the Rec staff for more information.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 1, 2014

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento RiverCats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.

    Saturday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • Las Vegas juniors (as Team New Mexico) in Southwest Regional, 10:30 a.m., Santa Fe

    Sunday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball

  • No major incidents during rally

    Las Vegas police were out in force over the weekend as hundreds of motorcyclists flocked to the Meadow City for the annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally.

    Aside from bar fights at El Rialto and the Plaza Hotel on Saturday night, the rally itself was relatively quiet, Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia said. Garcia said no serious injuries resulted from those fights. Officers cited those involved.

    Police did make a few arrests, but those cases didn’t appear to be related to rally participants.