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Today's News

  • Richie Cole helps launch Las Vegas ‘music ops’

    Get out your dancing shoes and your swing skirt. Richie Cole is heading back to Las Vegas. A year ago, he and his Alto Madness Band played to a sold-out crowd.

    As Bill Anderle testified, “There was a lilt in the audience. We were all transported into a joyful event which swept away the trials and tribulations of the last couple of months.”

    Local artist, photographer and sax player Bob Henssler was sure he’d heard Cole before. In the late 1960’s when Bob was in the Marines, he would head to the Boston USO when he was at liberty.

  • Rules for retirement

    Our area’s oldest and longest-term residents have earned our respect and our admiration. They have the life experience, often specific career-field skills and, often, a working knowledge of their community and its history.

    We appreciate their contributions and rely on their leadership and passing along lessons — both positive examples and stories of mistakes to avoid repeating.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 10, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 10, 2018.

  • Seventh inning keys Topes' win

    Despite getting only five hits against Iowa’s pitching Thursday evening, the Albuquerque Isotopes proved efficient in a 3-1 win at Principal Park in Des Moines.

    The Isotopes (31-29) capitalized on three walks and one hit in the seventh inning to put three runs on the board. That broke a scoreless stalemate and was enough for the visitors to take their second win in three days against the Cubs (23-35).

  • Majic move: Longtime WLV coach leaving for RHS job

    In filling its newly vacant girls’ basketball coaching position, Robertson High School didn’t have to look too far.

    Jose “Majic” Medina, the longtime head coach across the river at West Las Vegas, has reportedly accepted the Lady Cardinals’ head coaching position.

    Juan Carlos Fulgenzi, director fo co-curricular activities for the Las Vegas City Schools, confirmed that Medina had been selected for the vacancy. Interviews of several candidates took place throughout the day Wednesday.

  • Quintana out at RHS softball

    Robertson is looking for a new head softball coach.

    The school will be looking to replace head coach Michael Quintana, ending Quintana’s three-year run leading the program.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper told the Optic earlier this week that the coach would not be returning but declined to discuss publicly the reasons for that decision.

    Quintana himself said he chose to resign as of late last week. “Despite the rumors going around, I was not fired, nor was I under investigation.”

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 10-13

    SUNDAY (June 10)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Omaha Storm Chasers, 1:05 p.m., Omaha, Neb.

    MONDAY
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Omaha Storm Chasers, 11:05 a.m., Omaha, Neb.
    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League games: Lady Jags vs. I’d Hit That, 6:30 p.m.; AVRH Scrubs vs. I’d Hit That, 7:30 p.m.; Dirty Dicks vs. Blaze, 8:40 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • Statewide and local primary vote totals, 2018

    Here are some select statewide and local contested results from the June 5, 2018 New Mexico primary election, based on unofficial results:

    DEMOCRATIC PARTY

    GOVERNOR

    Jeff Apodaca, 38,764 votes, 22%.
    Joe Cervantes, 20,088, 12%
    Michelle Lujan Grisham, 116,287, 66%

    LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

    Billy G. Garrett, 33,779, 21%
    Rick S. Miera, 51,051, 32%
    Howie C. Morales, 75,576, 47%

    STATE AUDITOR

    Bill McCamley, 60,226, 37%
    Brian S. Colón, 100,619, 63%

  • A snapshot of D.C. while touring with family

    I’m not sure how Tuesday’s primary elections turned out because I’m writing this the weekend before, so why don’t I tell you about my recent vacation to the nation’s capital?

    OK, now that I’ve lost half my audience, I’ll write for the families out there, including my own, who tend to tolerate self-indulgence more than your average newspaper reader is willing to put up with.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 8, 2018

    THUMBS UP: MR. HOUDEK’S OPUS

    If Jeff Houdek had decided not to speak at Robertson High School’s recent graduation ceremony — the first to take place since the tragic passing of his wife — we all would have completely supported his choice. We also support his courage to speak, and it reminded us how important it is to work together.

    Lacy Houdek was the medical care provider of choice for the editor of this newspaper as well as many, many others in the community. She reminded us preventive care is a group effort.