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Today's News

  • LV natives on All-RMAC team

    With the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field nationals set to begin this coming week, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference has released its list of all-conference honorees.

    That includes a revised All-RMAC track and field team for the indoor segment of the season.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Janell Fullerton was voted 2017 RMAC Freshman of the Year for the outdoor track season.

  • Honors list updated

    Submitted to the Optic

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor track and field All-Conference teams have been updated to reflect the current RMAC bylaws.

    RMAC First Team and Second Team are based on the individual and relay finishes at the RMAC Championships.

    The updated All-RMAC teams reflect first, second, and third-place individual finishers and first-place relay teams earning First Team recognition. Second Team consists of fourth, fifth and sixth-place individual finishers and second-place relay teams.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 24, 2017

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • LVLL games, starting 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting 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

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  

  • Budget to be a tough fit for city

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    While City of Las Vegas administrators and the city council have overseen some tough moves to keep the budget balanced, it looks as if Fiscal 2018 will be an even bigger financial challenge for the city.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo emphasized at last week’s regular council meeting that there are no plans for furloughs or layoffs, the city faces a tough budget crunch, even if the upcoming special state legislative session doesn’t lead to new cuts.

  • New editor takes helm

    As the eyes of the nation turned toward Iowa and its outsized role in the 2016 presidential campaign, Jason W. Brooks found himself interviewing the likes of Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio, and covering a rally by the candidate who eventually emerged from it all — Donald Trump.

    Brooks, whose life and journalism career have taken him across the country, from his native Washington, D.C., to southern California to New Mexico and the Midwest, is the new editor of the Las Vegas Optic. He officially started work this past Monday.

  • Helping save a species - Research project on boreal toads aims to preserve ecosystems

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is donating endangered boreal toads raised from eggs in a biology laboratory at the university to zoos in the U.S. for conservation efforts and education.

    Boreal toads are extinct in New Mexico. The Detroit Zoo National Amphibian Center, Denver Zoo, and Staten Island Zoo are accepting the live toads as part of a nationwide effort to preserve the species.

  • Police arrest man, 84, on weapons charge

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Police arrested an 84-year-old man last week on charges he threatened people with a handgun outside a residence.

    Police were sent to 115 Alamo Street at about 3 p.m. Monday for a report of a man wielding a gun and demanding to see his wife. Police arrived and found Ramon A. Rivera, 84, of Las Vegas, irate and yelling, asking for his wife, who was with the reporting party, a resident at that address.

  • Swayze memorabilia auction nets top dollar

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    During a late-April West Hollywood celebrity auction, a retired Houston real estate developer paid $50,000 for the leather jacket Patrick Swayze wore in the 1987 hit film “Dirty Dancing.”

    “It’s an investment,” said Glenn Johnson. “It will increase in value. It’s iconic.”

    The owner of more than 800 items that once belonged to Elvis Presley, Johnson also purchased a suit Swayze wore in the 1989 film “Road House” for $8,000.

  • AVRH honors Physician of Year

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital recently honored Dr. Chenthuran Deivaraju as its 2017 Physician of the Year.

    According to a news release from the hospital, the selected physician best met criteria that demonstrates compassionate patient and family care, recognizes all health care disciplines as partners in care, treats employees with respect and dignity, recognizes and supports team efforts within the patient care setting, and helps educate and develop patient care providers,.

  • Lottery funds lag by $8 million

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — As New Mexico’s higher education officials near a deadline for deciding whether to roll back scholarship assistance for tens of thousands of college students, lottery officials said Thursday they’re transferring less money into the fund that supports the program.

    Transfers of lottery proceeds through April are lagging by nearly $8 million compared to the same time last year.