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  • Investigation warranted

    We’re glad that state oversight agencies finally have Luna Community College under a microscope.

    Allegations of mismanagement, nepotism and cronyism have been raised at Luna ever since the college’s current board of trustees and president rose to power roughly two years ago.

    It’s not difficult to understand why when you consider the major policy shifts board members enacted and the decision to suspend their presidential search in favor of giving the job to Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, a man with a troubling history at the college.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 17, 2016
  • Work of Art: We could hear a pin drop

    It was about 15 years ago when, with my grandson and namesake, Arthur, I drove from our home in Camp Luna to the 900 block of Railroad Avenue, aka Tough Street, there to visit my childhood haunt.

    I wanted to give my oldest grandchild a close-up look at the neighborhood and do some reminiscing.

  • Kicking off

    Daniela Fonseca, Anyssa Dagnino and Emily Ortiz lit up the scoreboard at Perkins Stadium for the first time by any sport this fall, topping Trinidad State 4-1 in an exhibition win for the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team on Sunday.

    The Cowgirls controlled most of the contest but found themselves trailing 1-0 when Laetica Rambeau drew goalkeeper Katherine Scott off her line and squirted a shot past her just a few minutes in.

    But Scott and the rest of the NMHU defense steadied quickly, denying the Trojans for the remainder of the afternoon.

  • Fiesta de Golf deadline today

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas will hold its annual Fiesta de Las Vegas Golf Tournament Wednesday, Aug. 31, and entries must be received by today, Wednesday Aug. 17.

    The tournament has an 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. shotgun start at the Gene Torres Golf Course. It is a four-person ABCD scrambles format, and players can form their own teams or the pro and tournament chairman will make teams.

    Entrants must have a handicap or an average score for 18 holes.  

  • A late dive keys upset

    The Associated Press

    RIO DE JANEIRO — For beating Allyson Felix, Shaunae Miller gets a gold medal. Maybe they should give her a cape, too.

    It took a head-first dive, Superwoman-style, for Miller to spring an Olympic upset Monday over America’s top female sprinter in the 400 meters and deny her a record fifth gold medal.

    Miller, a 22-year-old from the Bahamas, took an early lead, then held off Felix’s charge along the straightaway.

  • Isotopes end 8-game tear

    Riding an eight-game win streak that included series wins over Las Vegas and Colorado Springs, the Albuquerque Isotopes have climbed out of the division cellar.

    Colorado Springs ended the win streak with an 8-2 verdict Monday night in the finale of a four-game series at Security Service Field. But the Isotopes headed to Oklahoma City with a record of 56-65, amid a three-way dogfight for second place behind El Paso’s Chihuahuas (65-58).

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 17, 2016

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6:05 p.m., Oklahoma City
    Softball
    • City league tournament games TBA, Cowgirl Field and Rodriguez softball complex

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6:05 p.m., Oklahoma City Softball
    • City league games, including women’s division title game, 8 p.m., Cowgirl Field

    FRIDAY
    Baseball

  • State agency investigating Luna

    The state Higher Education Department has launched a special audit into Luna Community College after receiving complaints about improprieties at the school.

    A preliminary review by HED staff raised sufficient concerns that the college has been placed under an enhanced fiscal oversight program.

  • Electrical worries - West High to delay start

    West Las Vegas High School students will have a bit longer to enjoy their summer break.

    Electrical problems in part of the high school have forced school officials to delay the first day of school for high school students to the week of Aug. 22. The first day of school had originally been scheduled for Aug. 17.

    The delay will affect only high school students and not any other school sites.