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Today's News

  • Just a thought - Spending some time looking in the mirror

    By Rick Kraft

    There I was, just sitting there looking at myself in the mirror. It seemed like forever as the minutes clicked off. I am not used to looking in a mirror for much longer than a quick glance just to check out my hair after it has been combed in the morning.

    I was the first appointment on a Saturday morning when the lady cutting my hair had to stop her efforts to answer the phone. She politely said “excuse me” and she walked away to help the caller leaving me just sitting there.

  • Minner says HU is poised to engineer new programs

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is poised to move forward to engineer exciting programs and services for its students, said the university’s president during an Aug. 10 welcome-back breakfast.

  • A sneak preview for LV football

    With the official start to the 2017 prep football schedule just days away, local fans got a sneak preview of their favorite high school teams on Thursday.

    West Las Vegas got things started with a three-way scrimmage involving Class 6A Santa Fe High and Class 3A Santa Rosa, both programs projected to be on an upward trend this fall.

  • Isotopes nip Chihuahuas

    It appears we’re in for a dogfight atop the Pacific Southern division through the remainder of the Pacific Coast League baseball season.

    Albuquerque jumped back into second place Thursday night by defeating El Paso 5-2 on the road. The Isotopes went into Friday’s series finale with a half-game edge on the Chihuahuas, who’d briefly overtaken them the previous night.

    Both teams are chasing first-place Salt Lake, which led by a couple of games going into the weekend.

  • Cheer camps on tap

    Cheer and dance programs from both local high schools are offering instructional camps for youngsters this coming week.

    • West Las Vegas High School cheerleaders, who won a state championship in co-ed cheer this past year, are holding a cheer camp Aug. 23-24 at Armijo Elementary.

    The camp will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. both days and then culminate in a live performance at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, during the West Las Vegas football opener vs. Moriarty at the Herrera Complex.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 20, 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 and anglers.

    Catches of the week
    Clayton Lake: Aaron Earle of Clayton caught an 8.5-pound channel catfish Aug. 12. He was using chicken liver.

    Morphy Lake: Angelo Ortiz, 4, of El Pueblo, caught a 17-inch rainbow trout Aug. 7. He was using a worm under a bobber on his mini Spider Man rod.

    Fishing report, Aug. 15

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 20, 2017

    SUNDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 6:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.

    MONDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.
    Softball
    • City league games, 6:15 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    TUESDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 8:05 p.m., Sacramento, Calif.

    Soccer
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Socorro, 3 and 5 p.m., Socorro
    Softball

  • Las Vegas native returns as family medicine doctor

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    There has been plenty of discussion at recent government meetings throughout the state about getting college-trained young professionals to return to their New Mexico hometowns.

    One local doctor and Las Vegas native did almost as much college training as he could possibly do, and is now a part of a local business.

  • President committee still not selected

    The search for the next president of Luna Community College hit a speed bump on Tuesday as trustees questioned whether having a search committee is the correct way to conduct the search.

    Trustees provided names for who they would like on the presidential search committee, including Sherry Goodyear of Springer, Sandra Madrid of Las Vegas, David Romero of Las Vegas, Joseph Griego of Mora, Herman David Baca of Santa Rosa, Matthew Martinez of Las Vegas, and Yvonne Aragon of Las Vegas.

  • Budget surplus forecast for New Mexico for FY2019

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico is on track to collect more money in the coming fiscal year than it currently spends as surging oil production pulls state government out of a budget crisis, state economists told lawmakers on Wednesday.

    Economists from three state agencies and the Legislature predicted that tax revenue and other government income will slightly surpass spending obligations during the fiscal year that begins in July 2018.