Today's News

  • NMSU director to step down

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State announced Wednesday that Athletics Director McKinley Boston will step down at the end of the year.

    In a statement, the university said Boston’s contract would be extended until Dec. 31 and then a replacement will be named.

    The move came after New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers finished a performance review of Boston, but he declined to comment on the review.

    However, Carruthers said he expects more from the top athletic post when it comes to fundraising.

  • Kickoff 2014

    No longer in the shadows, the Robertson High football program has emerged as the team to beat on the Class 4A gridiron this fall.

    This time last year, most pundits had the Cardinals pencilled in as an also-ran behind St. Michael’s, Silver and Lovington.

  • Rotary golf on Aug. 30

    Area golfers are invited to support the Las Vegas Rotary and the Rio Grande Rotary of Albuquerque for the Annual Golf Tournament on Aug. 30 at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

  • Play hoops 3-on-3 for Labor Day

    HipHop Basketball Foundation has teamed up with Nuttin’ But Net of Albuquerque to put on a Back-to-School Basketball Slam in Las Vegas this coming Labor Day weekend. Action tips off 8 a.m. Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1 at the Wilson Complex parking lot.

  • Free HU hoops camp Saturday

    New Mexico Highlands head men’s basketball coach Craig Snow will be offering a free basketball camp to children kindergarten through 12th grade on Saturday at the Wilson Complex. Grades kindergarten to sixth will participate from 9 a.m. to noon; grades seven through 12 will have camp 1-4 p.m.

  • YAFL deadline is this week

    Last chance to register for Las Vegas’ Young American Football League this fall is coming on Saturday.

    The city’s recreation department is now offering three divisions — flag football for ages 6-7, and full-tackle football for juniors (8, 9 and 10-year olds) as well as seniors (11 and 12-year olds). Fee is $65 for tackle football, $40 for flag football.

    The flag football option is new to the program offerings and emphasis is placed on participation, skill development and sportsmanship; it is non-contact in nature.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 22, 2014

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 7:05 p.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.
    • West Las Vegas vs. Lady Dons alumni, 6 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym (exhibition)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 6:05 p.m., Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Cross country
    • West Las Vegas at Pojoaque Valley, TBA, Jacona


  • Our Lady of Sorrows sued

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has been hit with four more lawsuits by men alleging they were sexually abused by priests as children, and one of those lawsuits also names Our Lady of Sorrows Parish as a defendant.

    The lawsuit naming Our Lady of Sorrows was filed Monday in state District Court in Albuquerque. Among other things, the suit alleges that the archdiocese empowered priests to abuse children by its handling of pedophile priests and by clinging to secrecy in order to protect them and itself from scandal.

  • Tossed syringes pose hazard

    Several dozen used syringes were discarded by the side of the road near Porkchop Hill, and they appear to have been there for quite some time. Also discarded nearby is other unsightly trash and even a couch.

    The area along county road A14A — a dirt road connecting N.M. 518 to 8th Street Extension, just north of Las Vegas — has become a favorite spot for illegal dumping. County officials say their crews are having to remove trash from the road’s right-of-way at least every two months.

  • Hackers access patient data

    The Associated Press and Optic staff

    Hospital operator Community Health Systems, which operates Alta Vista Regional Hospital and five others hospitals in New Mexico, said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.