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Today's News

  • LVPD wants to apply for grant match on gun range

    Among the handful of items covered at the Las Vegas City Council's work session Wednesday — most of which involved the Las Vegas Police Department — was discussion of a grant match that will help the LVPD get the Camp Luna shooting range back into shape.

    After a few years of gradually cleaning and repairing the dilapidated range, located near the Camp Luna armory, the Las Vegas Police are set to apply for a grant match from New Mexico Game and Fish, if a resolution is passed by the Council at its Wednesday, Aug. 15 regular monthly meeting.

  • West needs coaches for fall

    Days away from the start of fall practice, West Las Vegas High School finds itself in need of coaches for two fall sports — cross country and girls’ soccer.

  • Patterson: Home run king

    Jordan Patterson became the Albuquerque Isotopes’ all-time home run king on Tuesday afternoon.

    Less than 24 hours after tying former Isotope Jason Wood’s franchise record of 60 homers, Patterson sent his 61st over the fence just the right of the center field berm at Isotopes Park.

    However, the celebration was muted, as Patterson and the Isotopes lost 15-6 to the visiting New Orleans Baby Cakes. The Baby Cakes completed a four-game sweep that further damaged Albuquerque’s chances of catching division leader El Paso.

  • Amnesty International benefit run, walk Saturday

    Amnesty International Group 463 of Las Vegas will host its fourth annual AIR Run to benefit the group’s human rights work. The run takes place at 7 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Old Town Plaza gazebo.

    The registration fee for the 5-kilometer run and walk is $25. Participants may register online at active.com or on site until 6:45 a.m. on race day.

    Checks may be made out to Amnesty International Group 463.

  • Go Fish: Friday, Aug. 10

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week
    Cowles Ponds: Skylar Bowen, age 3, of Rio Rancho, caught her first fish, a 10-inch rainbow trout July 29. She was using worms.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Aug. 10-13

    FRIDAY (Aug. 10)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Fresno Grizzlies, 8:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
    Rodeo
    • San Miguel-Mora County rodeo, TBA, county fairgrounds

  • Pecos superintendent addresses hiring, other issues

    As the school year is set to begin soon, Pecos Schools Superintendent Fred Trujillo recently caught the Optic up with some of the major developments with the district this summer.

    The first day of the 2018-19 school year for Pecos students will be Monday, Aug. 13.

    One of those developments actually turned out to be a non-development. After initially agreeing to bring in former Las Vegas City Schools associate superintendent Mike Lovato, the district lost him to the Mesa Vista School District, where he recently accepted the open superintendent position.

  • City completed Fiestas week on a budget

    Working on a budget is a challenge for any city hosting an event, but it’s tougher when the event is extended.

    City staff and law enforcement needed to work six days, plus preparation time and some hours afterward, in order to help the 130th Fiestas de Las Vegas run smoothly June 29 through July 4. However, the city and its police force was working with largely the same budgets they had in 2017, when the event was only four days long.

  • Free music for thousands

    Jerry Dean, one of the sons of the late Al Hurricane, and other performers at a Sunday event gave away music CDs to spectators.

    Sunday’s Fifth Annual Salute to the Troops was hosted at Las Vegas Plaza Park by local artist Gonzalo.

    Another of Al Hurricane’s sons, Al Hurricane Jr., and a grandson, Christian Sanchez, also performed, as did several other local or New Mexico-based artists.

    An estimated crowd of 3,000 people attended the afternoon / early evening event.

  • Places with a past — and a present

    With a theme of “The Rejuvenation of ​Las Vegas​,” the 2018 Places with a Past Historic Homes & Building​s Tour brought in thousands of visitors to some of the best-restored structures in the area. There were many visitors on the tour, which is a fundraiser for the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, were from distant parts of New Mexico and surrounding states.