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Today's News

  • Protesters ride in off-limits canyon

    The Associated Press

    Dozens of people rode their ATVs and motorcycles on an off-limits trail in southern Utah in a protest against what the group calls the federal government’s overreaching control of public lands.

    San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge said from 40 to 50 people, many of them waving American flags and some carrying weapons, drove about a mile down Recapture Canyon near Blanding Saturday and then turned around.

    Hundreds attended a rally at a nearby park before the protest.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 12, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Man charged with tax fraud

    ALBQUERQUE — Federal prosecutors have charged a Santa Fe man with defrauding the U.S. government of more than $95,000 in taxes.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says 33-year-old Andrew Lewis made an initial appearance in federal court Friday in Albuquerque on an indictment charging him with federal tax offenses.
    Authorities say Lewis was arrested Thursday by the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Moving forward
  • Que Pasa - May 12, 2014

    WEDNESDAY
    MIÉRCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I’m Gonna Like Me” by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING &
    ONGOING

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 12, 2014
  • Vets deserve better

    The men and women who have fought for our country deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. We, as a nation, owe them at least that much given the tremendous sacrifices they have made for us and for our country.

    That’s why the allegations being made about veteran hospitals in Phoenix and perhaps elsewhere are so troubling.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Small-town theaters struggle to keep up with digital filmmaking

    Most small-town county seats have them — once attractive single-screen movie theaters, with a 35mm projector room in the balcony and a neon-lighted marquee outside. Once upon a time they were entertainment centerpieces in their communities, and in some instances they still are.

    A lot of them are long gone, having succumbed to competition from multiplexes and home entertainment centers.

    Others, however, have held on and continue to show first-run movies to small-town audiences fortunate enough to still have a local theater.

  • RHS girls take state!

    ALBUQUERQUE — Juliana Guerin became a four-time state champion in Class 3A girls’ tennis this past Thursday, capping a remarkable high school career with a commanding victory.

    Then she and her Lady Cardinal teammates went on to upset No. 1 Bosque 5-3 to capture the girls’ team championship on Saturday afternoon.

  • Taos sweeps district track titles

    The bad news for local track and field programs is that Taos stormed into town Saturday and swept the District 2-3A team championships.

    The good news is that, as a result of the meet, more Robertson and West Las Vegas athletes will move on to represent their schools at the Class 3A state track and field championships Friday and Saturday at University of New Mexico’s track and soccer complex in Albuquerque.

    See Wednesday’s Optic for an updated list of state qualifiers plus coverage of Pecos in the 2A state meet.

  • Little League - May 12

    The following are upcoming scheduled Las Vegas Little League games. LVLL games are held at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Monday, May 12: Yankees vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Mets vs. Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, May 14: Yankees vs. Red Sox, 4 p.m.; Angels vs. Orioles, 6 p.m.; Cardinals vs. Mets, 8 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Monday, May 12: Threshers vs. Paw Sox, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m.
    Tuesday, May 13: Bats vs. Rivercats, 6:15 p.m.; Rattlers vs. Thunder, 7:45 p.m.