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  • Palabras Pintorescas: We had much in common with airline seatmate

    I learned long ago that travel  brings up all sorts of fun encounters with complete strangers. I have always enjoyed starting up a conversation with a complete stranger, and of course this was no different a couple of weeks ago when flying home from Seattle with son Carl.

    He (he has long legs so he sits on the aisle seat in an airplane) and I were joined by a classy lady who sat in the window seat. She and Carl both had work to do with their computers and I read the daily Seattle Times until snacks were served.

  • Taking Flight - Robertson football looks to diversify on offense, maintain strengths

    It’s looking like a wide-open field of contenders in the Class 4A state football chase this fall.

    But of the seven chief championship hopefuls, only a couple can claim recent title credentials. Robertson is one of them.

    While the Cardinals’ usual strengths — an opportunistic defense that sniffs out turnovers, an offense built on a prolific ground game — are intact, there’s a feeling akin to a fresh start as they kick off the schedule Friday night in Portales.

  • Cheer camp with the champs
  • Isotopes rally, drop OKC in series finale

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (57-75) finished off a four-game set with a come-from-behind 11-6 win Wednesday night against visiting Oklahoma City (79-52).

    It was a series split.

    The Isotopes spotted Oklahoma City a five-run lead through the middle of the sixth inning before scoring for the first time.

    A huge five-run outburst in the bottom of the frame tied the game 5-5. After a strikeout by Tim Wheeler, the Topes connected six straight times, including a two-RBI single by Trevor Story and a three-run bomb by Wilin Rosario.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 28

    Fishing report, Aug. 11

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow with murky water conditCharette Lakes: Fishing was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using PowerBait. We had no report on perch.

    Cimarron River: Stream flow on Monday below Eagle Nest was 17 cfs. Fishing was good using salmon eggs, worms, elk hair caddis flies, tricos and brassies for trout. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was fair to good using PowerBait and salmon eggs.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 28, 2015

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Cross country
    • NMHU at Rust Buster Relays, TBA, Lubbock, Texas
    • Robertson at Portales, 7 p.m., Portales
    • West Las Vegas vs. Clayton, 7 p.m., Herrera Complex

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Cross country

  • Update: Man killed by police was suspect in drive-by shooting in Las Vegas

    State police confirmed late Tuesday that the man who was shot and killed by police in Santa Fe early Tuesday morning was Marvin Maestas, the 30-year-old Mora County man being sought by Las Vegas police for a drive-by shooting in July and for wrecking into a Las Vegas police vehicle and another vehicle while fleeing from police on Aug. 7.

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    Optic Staff and Wire Reports

  • Liking the beat
  • Update: Man killed on NM 518 identified

    A pedestrian was struck and killed on NM 518 near Mallette Feed & Supply store at 2:17 p.m. on Monday.

    State police issued a news release Tuesday afternoon identifying the man who was killed as 46-year old Eric Lucero from Las Vegas.The release states that Lucero was attempting to cross NM 518 when he walked in front of a northbound vehicle driven by Beau Vigil, 22, of Ojo Feliz.

    Lucero sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Vigil was uninjured.

    According to state police, the crash remains under investigation.

  • Suit: Priest gave cocaine to teens

    Two new sex abuse lawsuits have been filed against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, including one that accuses Father Sabine Griego of pushing alcohol, cocaine and other drugs on young boys in the 1980s and then sexually abusing them.