Today's News

  • Rally falls short - Team New Mexico finishes among top four in region; LVLL 9-10 softball No. 2 in state

    SANTA FE — They didn’t go down without a fight.

    On the field or in the stands.

    Playing as state champion Team New Mexico, La Plaza Juniors softball All-Stars battled almost all the way back from a 9-1 deficit against Team Louisiana only to lose 13-8 on Monday in the Southwest Regional.

    With the loss, New Mexico was eliminated from the tournament three wins shy of the Junior League World Series. On the positive side, the team finished as one of the top four in the region alongside East Texas, West Texas and Louisiana.

  • Robbers fade as season closes

    Ending the Pecos League season on a three-game slide, the Las Vegas Train Robbers dropped a Monday doubleheader at Garden City, Kans.

    As the league’s attention turns to the playoffs that begin Wednesday, the Train Robbers’ future in Las Vegas remains in doubt. While questions linger about the level of support the semipro team enjoys in the Meadow City, no official decision had been announced as of press time.

  • Topes’ Story PCL Player of Week

    Submitted to the Optic

    Albuquerque Isotopes infielder Trevor Story has been tabbed Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for July 20-26, the league office announced Monday morning.

    He is the first Isotopes position player to receive a weekly accolade since Alex Castellanos on July 1-7, 2013.

  • With Boston out, L.A. could emerge with Olympic bid

    The Associated Press

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — With Boston no longer in contention, IOC President Thomas Bach urged U.S. Olympic leaders on Tuesday to pick “the most appropriate city” as a substitute candidate for the 2024 Games. Two-time Olympic host Los Angeles could fit the bill perfectly, according to several IOC board members.

    The U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties with Boston on Monday, finally pulling the plug on a bid that had been hampered by dismal poll ratings, strong local opposition and months of political wrangling.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 29, 2015

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Las Vegas adult league games: WOMEN, All-Star game, 6:30 p.m.; MEN, All-Star Game, 8 p.m.; city softball complex

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque


  • Staffing changes at East

    In just a few weeks Las Vegas City Schools students will return to school. Upon their return, they will notice several administrative changes that took effect recently.

    Former Paul D. Henry Elementary principal Anthony Marquez will return to the school district after a year hiatus. In 2013, Marquez was given his walking papers by former superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, but he has since been rehired.

    Marquez will now serve as principal at Legion Park Elementary and Paul D. Henry Elementary.

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  • Woman gets 5 years in homicide

    A 43-year-old Las Vegas woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for shooting her boyfriend to death in 2013.

    Kristina Lopez pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, a third-degree felony, and to negligent use of a deadly weapon, a petty misdemeanor, in June and was sentenced earlier this month.

    She had initially been facing a charge of second-degree murder, but that charge was dropped down to voluntary manslaughter as part of the plea agreement.

  • Event to spotlight city consolidation

    Submitted to the Optic

    People have existed on a short stretch of the banks of the Gallinas River since time immemorial, as archaeological studies reveal. Recorded history is documented by members of succeeding nations; Spanish, Mexican, United States of America. Beginning in 1821, with Independence from Spain, Mexican authority eventually established a community land grant in 1835. This northern Mexican, Spanish-speaking community, flourished as a commercial outpost located west of the River.

  • Looking Back - July 27, 2015

    In 1965
    Tuesday, July 27 — The 12 officers in the Las Vegas State Police District No.2 issued 4,957 traffic citations in 1964 and traveled a total of 438,588 miles. Of the traffic citations issued, 4,851 were processed in the courts. There were 52 accidents resulting in injury to people; 109 accidents with no injuries due to traffic violations; 88 accidents with no injuries and no traffic violations and 11 fatal accidents in which 14 people were killed.