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Today's News

  • State champs! Mora takes title

    ALBUQUERQUE — For the first time in school history, Mora is state champion in baseball.

    The Rangers (19-4) knocked off No. 1 seed Mesilla Valley Christian 12-2 in five innings Friday morning at Isotopes Park to capture the Class 1A-2A title.

    Mora’s win made it official — there’s room for more than just basketball in the hoops-happy community. In truth, others have made that statement in recent times. Natalia Marrujo, now competing at NMHU, won an individual state cross country championship two years ago.

  • Council adds items to agenda for upcoming meeting

    While the Las Vegas City Council was able to use last week's work session to add items to the consent agenda for this week's regular council meeting, the work session clearly highlighted how tension between Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón and three of the four councilors affects communication within meetings.

  • The French Connection

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic

    Christian Mayeur first visited the Land of Enchantment in the 1990s

    “I wouldn’t have wanted a gallery in Santa Fe,” declares Mayeur, who, with his wife, Anne, has opened Mayeur Projects in the Romero Building, 200-202 Plaza Park.

    Mayeur continues: “We love this city with its people who welcome us with our art projects. We are French, and I am proud to say that in France and actually throughout Europe people are realizing that the real Las Vegas is the one here in New Mexico.”

  • Battery on officer among 19-year-old’s felony charges

    A 19-year-old Las Vegas man has racked up several charges in a short period of time, including battery on a peace officer.
    Donald Abreu was charged with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and battery upon a peace officer after being stopped for speeding on April 17.

    According to New Mexico State police reports, on April 17 around 10:44 a.m., an officer observed a car driving west on Mills Avenue — it was traveling 50 miles per hour in a 40 mph speed zone.

  • NMHU faculty recognized for excellence

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Faculty members of Highlands University received recognition for academic excellence ranging from scholarly research papers to conference presentations at a reception April 18.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, May 11, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: SO MUCH WINNING
    Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron had more than enough time, within state statute, to plan an organizational meeting, and, according to the 2010 City Charter, could have held the meeting at Wednesday’s work session. Instead, the mayor chose to schedule a meeting on a Friday evening, when three councilors had already made plans to go out of town, and then blamed the councilors for not attending.

  • Digging in and taking root

    TOM’S NOTE: On May 6, 2013, Tom McDonald launched the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx, as well as his “Dispatch New Mexico” column — both of which are still being produced five years later. The following is the first column McDonald wrote for CNEx.

    Once there was a man (actually, he was me) who couldn’t seem to settle down.

  • Report of possible DWI leads to violent clash between LVPD, Highlands players

    Two arrests were made and officers were injured in a May 5 confrontation involving Las Vegas Police and three men, two of whom are listed on the Highlands University football roster.

  • State baseball: Cards ousted by Spartans

    Remember the Spartans?

    Robertson's baseball team does, and it's a bad memory.

    For the second year in a row, Bernalillo was responsible for ending the Cardinals' postseason. The No. 6 seeded Spartans beat No. 3 RHS 6-2 in the Class 4A quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at Rio Rancho High.

    In 2017, Bernalillo edged Robertson two games to one in the state tournament's first round.

    The upset ended a remarkable season for the Redbirds, who won 23 out of 28 games, clinched the District 2-4A title and held the No. 1 ranking in 4A for a time.

  • State baseball: Mora reaches 1A-2A title game

    Mora will play for a state baseball title at 9 a.m. Friday at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.

    The opponent is top-ranked Mesilla Valley Christian, which bounced Gateway Christian 14-4 in a Thursday semifinal at Rio Rancho's Cleveland High.

    The Rangers defeated Jemez Valley 11-3 in another Thursday semifinal at Cleveland. Kenny Martinez earned the pitching win.

    Lefonso Castillo drew first blood for Mora when Jemez botched a play with two outs in the Ranger half of the second inning.

    Jemez tied it when Josh Loretta made it home on a groundout after getting on with a walk.