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Today's News

  • Give Grande, Las Vegas

    Nonprofit organizations play such a vital role in every community throughout this nation. In some instances they serve as a safety net, engaging in such activities as providing meals to the hungry and shelters for the homeless. In other instances, they serve as advocates for important causes like revitalizing a city’s downtown district and helping out troubled or abused kids.

    In almost every instance, they enrich our communities.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 5, 2014
  • Another Perspective: Acequias important to area

    Indo-Hispanos have created an intimate relationship with the land and growing crops for subsistence for over a hundred years in New Mexico.

    They built acequias — communal irrigation systems — not only to sustain an agricultural lifestyle, but also to nurture an organic and communal way of life. Researchers affiliated with the Rio Grande Bioregions Project initiated a pioneering collaborative, farmer-led, and interdisciplinary study of Colorado and New Mexico acequias in 1995-99.

  • Harge, Darling out at NMHU

    Both of New Mexico Highlands University’s head basketball coaches will end their six-year tenures with the school, the Optic learned late this past week.

    Details were not made clear as of press time, but a source with the school administration confirmed that both coaches Joe Harge and Tiffany Darling are leaving NMHU.

  • District champs!

    The Meadow City figures to be well-represented when the New Mexico state tennis championships begin this Wednesday in Albuquerque.

    Robertson swept to twin team district championships on the boys’ and girls’ sides over the weekend in Taos, also taking home individual championships in boys’ singles, boys’ doubles, girls’ singles and girls’ doubles. RHS will send a total of seven girls and six boys to state. West Las Vegas adds one girl to the mix as well.

  • Lady Cards soar to district softball title

    Robertson softball added an exclamation point to its regular-season District 2-3A championship by handling Taos on the road Saturday.

    Final scores: 15-5 and 20-2 RHS.

    The Lady Cardinals (16-8 overall, 9-2 district) and head coach Adrian Jaramillo awaited the state tournament seeding, to be announced Sunday afternoon by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    The Lady Cards and their Robertson baseball brothers — who fell 5-2 and 11-3 at Taos on Saturday — were projected as likely hosts for first round games.

  • Cowboys dash past ‘Runners

    Winning three of four over the weekend against Metro State in the regular-season finale pushed New Mexico Highlands’ baseball team over the coveted 30-win threshold.

    It’s become a common milestone for Steve Jones-led teams.

    Bigger prizes await for this one, which finished the regular season 31-18 overall, 28-11 in league play and 16-7 at Brandt Park.

    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament begins this week in Grand Junction, Colo.

  • California Chrome powers to victory

    By Beth Harris
    AP Racing Writer

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A horse with a humble pedigree. A couple of working stiff owners. A 77-year-old trainer with his first Kentucky Derby horse.

    Even Hollywood couldn’t have made this up.

    California Chrome made it look easy on Saturday, pulling away down the stretch to win the Derby by 1 3/4 lengths.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 5, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Golf
    • Robertson hosts district tournament, TBA, Gene Torres Golf Course
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC Outdoor Championships, TBA

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC Outdoor Championships, TBA

  • A WAR OF WORDS - Chamber director alleging retaliation by city

    The executive director of the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and of the local Economic Development Corporation is alleging that she has been retaliated against by City Manager Timothy Dodge and the city for refusing to engage in unethical and illegal conduct.