Today's News

  • Just a Thought: Learning from walking through history

    By Rick Kraft

    Then they decided that Jews could not own pets anymore and they took away all their pets.” A member of our tour group asked, “Why did they do that?” The tour guide responded, “There was not much left that they could do to degrade the Jews, so they decided to take away their pets.”

    My wife and I have just returned from visiting Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria. There is no way to visit these countries without learning their history and what occurred during the middle of the 20th century.

  • Babbling Brooks - Hey, kids—Change teams until you win

    By Jason W. Brooks

    AI don’t watch a lot of pro basketball.

    In fact, sometimes, I’m embarrassed that I don’t recognize a player, until I think about how long I usually go between games I fully watch on TV.

    Needless to say, watching this year’s NBA Finals, I recognized the top stars on each team, and no one else. I recognized Kevin Durant, whose Golden State Warriors have received plenty of nationwide and worldwide air time the past few seasons.

  • National champ: Benavidez wins horseshoes gold medal in National Senior Games

    Horseshoes and hand grenades.

    Cathy Benavidez, a resident of Montezuma, did a whole lot better than just get close in the former.
    She won a gold medal in the event at the National Senior Games June 9-14 in Birmingham, Ala.

    Benavidez competed in the women’s singles division for age 65-69 and triumphed over one of the larger fields — more than a dozen finalists — on her way to the gold medal.

    Her closest competition came from Maidena Wildcatt of North Carolina and Linda Kauffman of Tennessee.

  • Repeat champs

    The Las Vegas Little League Angels baseball team recently took the Majors Division championship for the second consecutive season and finished second place in regular-season play.
    Standing: Coach Martin Lucero,  Seneca Saiz-Gomez, Saul Allen, Clyde Sanchez, Coach Esequiel Mascareñas, Jordan Padilla, Santana Martinez, Noah Martinez, Aric Johnson, Manager Gil “Guba” Martinez.
    Kneeling: Trey Leger, Carlo Lucero, Esequiel Mascareñas, Evan Pino, Mike Montoya.
    Not pictured: Coach Mike Allen.

  • Go Fish, Friday, June 23

    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 and anglers.

    Catches of the week
    Cowles Ponds: Justin Mcafee, 5, of Tijeras, caught an 18-inch rainbow trout June 18. He was using an olive green Pistol Pete.

    Pecos River: Pat Garcia of Santa Fe caught a 24-inch rainbow trout June 18. He was using salmon eggs.

    Fishing report, June 20

  • Looking ahead, Friday, June 23

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa
    • District 4 Little League tournaments, TBA, Santa Rosa

  • Shakeup in community development

    City of Las Vegas officials voted for another shake-up in a director’s position on Wednesday evening. Annette Velarde, who has served as the city’s community development director, will return to her previous position as event planner and film liaison.

    “She does a great job as event planner; those are her strong points,” City Manager Richard Trujillo said during an interview after the meeting. “We are lacking that right now.”

  • Baca family project meeting in the works

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic, Editor

    A visitor probably wouldn’t have to go far into New Mexico to meet someone with the last name of Baca.

  • International showing - Highlands professor’s sculpture in international show

    Submitted to the Optic
    New Mexico Highlands University fine arts professor David Lobdell’s fire sculpture will be featured at the International Festival of High Temperatures starting Friday through Sunday in the heart of the medieval city of Wroclow, Poland.

    Lobdell is among the artists the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclow invited to participate in the 10th jubilee of the festival organizers say celebrates hot art.

  • In Brief - News - June 23, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Toulouse Oliver to seek re-election
    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s top elections official says she will run for re-election in 2018.

    Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced her bid for the Democratic nomination Tuesday, saying she wants to continue implementing reforms of the state’s campaign finance rules as well as increasing voter education in rural and Native American communities.

    Toulouse Oliver was elected secretary of state during a special election in November 2016.