Today's News

  • West to hold athletics forum

    Submitted to the Optic

    There will be a voluntary parent meeting parents or concerned fans of West Las Vegas athletics at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at the Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

    The meeting is designed to listen to concerns parents may have about West Las Vegas athletic programs, according to athletic coordinator Richard Tripp.

    “We will also discuss items for upcoming 2015-16 school year parents can address over the summer,” he said. “This will not be a meeting to discuss coaches’ hirings and firings.”

  • Woods to play in TPC tourney

    The Associated Press

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.  — Tiger Woods has added The Players Championship to his schedule, another indication that he is getting back to a normal golf season.

    Woods won The Players the last time he played in 2013. He missed last year while recovering from back surgery that forced him to miss a combined seven months in 2014. He sat out two months earlier this year to work on his game — particularly his chipping — after posting a career-high 82 in Phoenix.

  • Finishing up
  • Rose to be allowed at All-Star activities

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer’s All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati.

    Rose, baseball’s career hits leader and a former Reds star player and manager, agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on his team to win while he was managing the club.

  • As fight nears, Pacquiao not feeling love at MGM

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Manny Pacquiao isn’t feeling much love for the hotel where he will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest fight ever.

    Pacquiao plans to skip a Tuesday ceremony at the MGM Grand marking formal fighter arrivals, an event that has been standard at the hotel for major championship fights. Pacquiao is staying at another hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, and will have his after fight party at yet another hotel, the Wynn.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - April 27, 2015

    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, noon, Brandt Park
    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games (first day), evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Pre-district tourney, TBA, Gene Torres Golf Course
    • Robertson vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., RHS field

    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, 4 p.m., WLV field
    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park

  • Surprise guest moves on

    Oso, the brown bear that took up residence atop a towering evergreen in Lincoln Park earlier this week, has moved on.

    The male bear lumbered down the tree on its own at about 4:15 a.m. on Thursday. But the story doesn’t end there.

    City crews, eager to haul away the barricades that had been set up to keep people away, spooked the bear, causing him to run back up the same tree, state Game & Fish spokesman Clint Henson said.

  • A first- generation success story

    She grew up in a working class Hispanic family in a small town in Texas, graduated in the top 10 percent of her high school class and desperately wanted to go to college.

    But it almost didn’t happen.

    Teresita Aguilar — Highlands University’s current provost and a finalists for the president’s job — recalls that her father refused to fill out the Free Application for Student Aid. Without student aid, there was no way that Aguilar could afford to go to college.

  • Watershed stewards - All for the love of God’s land

    Submitted to the Optic

    Virginia Duran and her husband, Ron, take seriously their responsibility to care for God’s land.

    They consider the little ribbon of the Gallinas River that runs through their property a small piece of heaven on earth, and they care for it that way. With both a spiritual and social connection to the land, the Durans live with the sometimes temperamental Gallinas River in their back yard. They adapt to its ebb and flow and its meanderings.

  • A quick look at the Gallinas Watershed

    By The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance
    Gallinas Watershed Problems
    • Water temperature is too high in the Gallinas River, according to EPA and New Mexico Environment Department water quality standards. This causes high evaporation, excessive algae growth, and poses problems for trout survival and survival of the organisms that trout depend on.