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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 19, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Small-town graduates will leave; a few will come back

    About this time every year, parents all over New Mexico swell with pride as their daughters and sons walk across the graduation stage — and wave goodbye.

    The walk is ceremonial; the wave, at least for small towns, is figurative. As the urbanization of America continues, fewer of these young men and women will be staying in or returning to their hometown, simply because the opportunities they seek aren’t there.

  • Little League - May 19, 2017
  • Sanchez hired as Dons’ basketball coach

    Clyde Sanchez, a veteran of the northern New Mexico coaching ranks with ties to West Las Vegas, has been hired as the Dons’ new head basketball coach.

    Sanchez’s hiring was confirmed on Tuesday evening.

    Sanchez is a former assistant at West and at Santa Fe Prep, and he is a former head coach at Pecos and Prep.

    “We look forward to working with Clyde and all that he brings to West Las Vegas,” said Richard Tripp, WLV athletic coordinator. “He has a great reputation as a head coach and as a person.”

  • Vera Jo gives back

    When Vera Jo Bustos takes the time to help a young girl work on her dribble or her jump shot, she can’t help but get flashbacks.

    “Absolutely,” she said.

    Bustos, the West Las Vegas multi-sport star who went on to break Adams State’s all-time scoring record, then play professionally in Greece, is an assistant coach with the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team. Part of her new responsibilities is coordinating the Lobos’ outreach camps for young players.

  • Isotopes weather 9th inning scare

    Albuquerque Isotopes and Optic staff reports

    The Memphis Redbirds (25-15) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but the Isotopes (21-18) were able to hang on and secure a 4-3 win on Wednesday night. The victory for Albuquerque marked the team’s third win in the last four games.

    In his second appearance with the club, Isotopes starter Thad Weber earned his first win of the season. The right-hander allowed just two runs to the Redbirds potent offense, striking out six and walking one during his five innings on the mound.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 19, 2017

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs SkySox, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • LVLL games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Tee-ball
    • LVLL games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs SkySox, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    SUNDAY
    Baseball

  • BREAKING: New coach for Dons basketball

    Clyde Sanchez, a veteran of the northern New Mexico coaching ranks with ties to West Las Vegas, has been hired as the Dons' new head basketball coach.

    Sanchez's hiring was confirmed on Tuesday evening.

    Sanchez is a former assistant at West and at Santa Fe Prep, and he is a former head coach at Pecos.

    "We look forward to working with Clyde and all that he brings to West Las Vegas," said Richard Tripp, WLV athletic coordinator. "He has a great reputation as a head coach and as a person."

  • Bradner project approaches

    One of the city’s primary water storage facilities, Bradner Dam is on track for the start of a planned $7.6 million improvement project.

    In their most recent work session, Las Vegas City Council members heard an update on the project from representatives of URS, the firm overseeing Bradner’s rehabilitation.

    URS told councilors that planners are “on schedule for getting thing submitted to the state engineer.” Specifically, final design plans are set to be delivered on May 26.

  • Gonzales: Resist hatred

    Submitted to the Optic

    Resist division and hatred, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement May 13.

    A record number of 1,051 students graduated from Highlands and its centers, with 633 earning their diplomas in Las Vegas. Of these total graduates, 66 percent earned bachelor’s degrees and 34 percent completed master’s degrees.

    Gonzales said division makes both individual and collective progress formidable, if not impossible.