Today's News

  • Vatos to vie for national sevens title

    New Mexico Highlands’ Vatos emerged as one of the pleasant surprises of the summer of 2014 when they made it all the way to the championship match of the National Small College Rugby Organization in “sevens” rugby.

    They’ll be back to make another run at the national title this coming weekend in Philadelphia as part of an eight-team field.

  • Robbers struggle at Fuego

    Defending Pecos League champion Santa Fe has gotten out to a promising start, courtesy of the struggling Las Vegas Train Robbers.

    Chevas Numata was blazing at the plate, hitting three home runs as the Fuego (4-0) torched the visiting Robbers 20-7 on Sunday at Fort Marcy Park for the team’s fourth win in five nights against Las Vegas (0-4).

    The Train Robbers were idle Monday; they were to begin a road series at league newcomer Garden City (Kans.) on Tuesday.

  • Topes looking up at 51s

    The Albuquerque Isotopes find themselves in the cellar of the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern Division with an 18-26 record as of Monday, nine games out of first behind the Las Vegas 51s.

    Cristhian Adames leads the team with a healthy .321 batting average, and he shares the team lead in home runs with five.

    A rainout of Monday’s scheduled nine-inning contest at New Orleans led to a scheduled doubleheader Tuesday. The series continues through Thursday before the Topes host Omaha on Friday night.

  • Little League - May 27

    The following are upcoming games scheduled by Las Vegas Little League. All LVLL games are played at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    WEDNESDAY: Red Sox vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Mets vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.
    FRIDAY: Red Sox vs. Orioles, 5:30 p.m.; Angels vs. Reds, 7:30 p.m.

    WEDNESDAY: Thunder vs. Paw Sox, 6:15 p.m.
    THURSDAY: Threshers vs. Owlz, 6:15 p.m.; Paw Sox vs. Rivercats, 7:45 p.m.
    FRIDAY: Thunder vs. Bats, 6:15 p.m.; Rattlers vs. Express, 7:45 p.m.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - May 27, 2015

    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Garden City, 6 p.m., Garden City, Kans.
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at New Orleans Zephyrs, 5 p.m., New Orleans

    • Las Vegas Little League games, evenings, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, evenings, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Garden City, 6 p.m., Garden City, Kans.

  • Remembering the dead

    Editor’s note: In honor of Memorial Day, Mora native Charles Padilla has written the following essay about the war dead from WWII.

    By Charles Padilla

    The white granite markers of those killed in World War Two have proven to be resilient, immune to the rains and snow, and winter freezes, and violent summer storms. These rock statues have now endured almost 70 years. They stand as lonely and silent-sentinels over the cemeteries of Northern New Mexico.

  • Honor Flight - World War II vet to visit D.C.

    Herman Saiz is a survivor and hero to many. The World War II veteran had many close ones while serving in the U.S. Army. Now, his stroke of luck will lead him to the nation’s capital as part of Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico honoring his service in World War II.

    Saiz, 90, a Las Vegas native, will travel with his grandson and Iraq veteran Charles J. Otero III, as part of the program that provides World War II veterans or terminally ill veterans a chance to see memorials built in their honor.

  • Nephew is new Mora school chief

    The Mora Independent School District has hired the nephew of school board chairman George A. Trujillo to serve as the district’s superintendent for the next three years.

    During a board meeting last week, Charles Trujillo was hired by a 3-2 roll-call vote. His uncle George A. Trujillo voted in favor of the motion.

    The vote came after the board interviewed Charles Trujillo and Volcano Vista High School Assistant Principal Matt Lindsey. George A. Trujillo said the district and his nephew are currently in negotiations over salary.

  • Police investigate battery case

    Las Vegas police say a man was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque last Saturday after he sustained a major head injury during an altercation with two other men at a parking lot on south Grand Avenue.

    The injured man, Joseph Sena, was on life support and listed in critical condition as of Thursday, Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said. The case remains under investigation with police trying to identify the suspects.

  • West honors top student-athletes

    Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas High School has announced its final selections for Student-Athletes of the Month for the 2014-2015 school year.

    D.J. Bustos and Grace Gallegos were chosen for the month of March, while Joedy Quintana and Devin Medina were selected for the month of April, and Adrian Valdez and Reyna Trujillo were selected for the month of May.

    D.J. Bustos, sophomore, is a 4.0 student and participated in basketball as well as golf and track and field.