Today's News

  • LCC player signs with Oklahoma Baptist

    Today Ridge Hoopii-Haslam is going to school and hitting home runs for Luna Community College. Soon he will be doing the same at Oklahoma Baptist University.

    Hoopii-Haslam, a sports performance major, signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for Oklahoma Baptist next season. More importantly, OBU is considered one of the best in the entire nation by The Princeton Review.

  • Isotopes fall to .500

    The Albuquerque Isotopes fell to the .500 mark Saturday night, dropping the opener of their home series with division rival Oklahoma City, 3-1.

    Albuquerque (8-8) has generally found ways to score runs this spring, but the ‘Topes struggled against the RedHawks.

    Alex Castellanos drove in the lone Isotopes run when he singled to bring home Elian Herrera in the bottom of the fourth inning.

    As a team, the ‘Topes managed just four hits.

  • Pecos track teams fourth in own meet

    Pecos’ track and field teams corralled twin fourth-place showings in their own Pecos Invite this past week.
    The Lady Panthers trailed overall winner Santa Rosa, Cuba and Cimarron on the girls’ side.
    The Panthers placed behind winner Santa Rosa, Cimarron and Academy for Technology and the Classics on the boys’ side.
    Pecos head coach Leroy Barela said the meet was ended early due to inclement weather.
    Weather also forced the postponement of the Meadow City Invite, now set for Monday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

  • Vatos earn playoff nod

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Vatos rugby club has earned a spot in the Division III college playoffs after a victorious run in the recent regional college tournament in Tucson, Ariz.

    Opponents, dates and times will be determined. The national Sweet 16 is slated for Dallas later this spring.

    It’s the first nationals bid for the Vatos since 2008.

    See Wednesday’s Optic for more on the Vatos.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 22, 2013

    • Las Vegas Little League games (see schedule, Page 8)
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Taos, 10 a.m., Taos
    • La Plaza Little League game
    • Las Vegas Little League game
    • La Plaza Little League game
    Track and field
    • Meadow City Invitational (includes RHS, WLV, others), 3 p.m., Cardinal Stadium (RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 18)


  • ‘Warning shot’ turns fatal

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 32-year-old Las Vegas woman is being held on a $1 million bond following her arraignment in San Miguel Magistrate Court Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend.

    The shooting occurred after a week-long drinking binge.

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  • Commission rejects drilling ban

    San Miguel County commissioners have ruled out implementing an outright ban on oil and gas extraction in the county, but they directed staff and their consultant to draft an ordinance that imposes strict rules on the industry.

  • County selects probate judge

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Charlynne Otero probate judge.

    Otero, a paralegal  with the Brown & Gallegos law firm, was one of 15 candidates who applied for the job, and one of two finalists recommended by a committee formed to screen applicants and make a recommendation to the Commission.

  • HU SynergyFest set for Saturday

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    The 10th annual SynergyFest will take a new direction this year under the debut sponsorship of the New Mexico Highlands University Conservation Club.

    The event, slated for Saturday, was created by the now-defunct NMHU Sustainability Club. This change in hosts will cause a subtle shift from information on sustainable practices to educational activities and exhibits promoting conservation practices.