Today's News

  • Simelane does it again

    Siphamandla Simelane, the man who raced to victory in the 10-kilometer race of this year’s Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run, cruised to a win in the inaugural Amnesty International 5K Run on Saturday, Aug. 9.

    Thirty-plus runners and walkers ranging in age from 12 to 79 finished the out-and-back course that started and ended on the Las Vegas Plaza.  

    Simelane was the overall winner, followed by brothers Javier and Octaviano Torres-Hughes. Josie Edwards crossed the finish line as first woman, with Tamlin Horne and Aileen Hughes rounding out the podium.

  • Isotopes to be televised

    By Lee VanHorn
    Submitted to the Optic

    The Albuquerque Isotopes, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and SportsNet LA have reached an agreement for the network to televise select Isotopes home games as the Dodgers head into September call-ups.

    Five of Albuquerque’s remaining 10 home games will be aired on SportsNet LA on a tape-delayed basis. The Isotopes’ matchup against the Memphis Redbirds this Friday will be the first game televised through the agreement; the full TV schedule is below.

  • Starting the year with a vision

    In addition to hearing plenty from their coaches this season, local student-athletes are getting a motivational boost from special guest speakers as they kick off the fall.

    West Las Vegas High School, for example, has scheduled three dates in which speakers will address Dons and Lady Dons about different aspects of competition. The first of this series is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Gillie Lopez Gym, and it’s open to all WLV athletes and parents. Specifics on the guest speakers will be made available later, said new WLV athletic coordinator Richard Tripp.

  • Training
  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 15, 2014

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Nashville Sounds, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Nashville Sounds, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Nashville Sounds, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque


  • In Brief - Sports - Aug. 15, 2014

    From The Associated Press

    Ward Sr.: ‘No reason for crash’
    SYRACUSE, N.Y.  — The father of the driver run over and killed by Tony Stewart told The Syracuse Post-Standard that “there’s no reason for” the crash that led to his son’s death.
    Kevin Ward Jr. was sent into the wall when his car was bumped by Stewart’s in a dirt-track race on Saturday night in Canandaigua. Ward got out of the car and walked onto the track, where he was hit by Stewart.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 15

    Fishing report, Aug. 12
    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait, worms, Pistol Petes and spinners. We had no reports on perch.

  • DA: Fatal shooting justified

    The state police officers who shot and killed Arcenio Lujan just outside city limits on May 8 have been cleared of any wrongdoing, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Monday.

    Lujan, who earlier that day had been fired from his city of Las Vegas job, was killed after he pointed a rifle at officers. The officers who fired on Lujan were subsequently identified as Anthony Robinson, who has been with state police for one year, and Jonathan Wright, who has been with the agency for three years.

  • Works of 50 artists featured - Large exhibition opens Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An exhibition of more than 50 established and up-and-coming New Mexico artists will be on display from Sunday to Oct. 15 at New Mexico Highlands University.

    An opening reception will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

  • Campaign sticker puts city in spotlight

    The photograph snapped near Plaza Park last month tells the story: A white city of Las Vegas parks department truck with a Susana Martinez for governor bumper sticker.

    City officials concede the bumper sticker should never have been on the city-owned vehicle in the first place. It’s unclear who placed the sticker there.