Today's News

  • State golf: Quintana on edge of top 10

    Several of the usual suspects were chipping about on the upper half of the leaderboard as day one of the Class 1A-3A state golf tournaments drew to a close Monday evening at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

    Kristen Cline of hometown school Socorro High held a one-stroke lead atop the girls’ standings with a first-round 75.

    Nipping at her heels were Sandia Prep’s Klara Castillo and Socorro teammate Shania Berger, tied for second with a 76, and Socorro’s Mia Salome, fourth with a 78.

  • Amezaga boosts ‘Topes past 51s

    Solid pitching, including three shutout innings by the bullpen, aided Albuquerque in a 5-2 win Monday night at Las Vegas, Nev.

    The victory allowed the Isotopes to climb back to .500 at 19-19 overall. The Isotopes and 51s were to play once more Tuesday.

    A four-run outburst by the Isotopes in the top of the seventh inning went unanswered and swung control to the visiting team. Alfredo Amezaga drove in three runs with a double to left field.

  • Little League - May 15, 2013

    Las Vegas Little League’s upcoming games are as follows. All LVLL games are played at Keyes Park.

    Wednesday games: Cardinals vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Mariners vs. Angels, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday games: Red Sox vs. Orioles, 5:30 p.m.; Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday games: Thunder vs. Rivercats, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Paw Sox, 7:45 p.m.
    Thursday games: Sandgnats vs. Bats, 6:15 p.m.; Red Wings vs. Threshers, 7:45 p.m.


  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 17, 2013

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Roswell, 7 p.m., Roswell
    • Class 2A state tournament quarterfinal: Pecos vs. Cobre, 1 p.m., Cleveland High, Rio Rancho
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Las Vegas Little League games
    • Class 2A state tournament quarterfinals: Mora vs. Estancia, 10 a.m., Rio Rancho field 3; Pecos vs. Cobre, noon, Rio Rancho field 4
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Las Vegas Little League games


  • New schedule for West

    Graduation is just around the corner for West Las Vegas High School; however, principal John Bustos is already looking into a scheduling change for next school year.

  • Filling judicial vacancy
  • Speaker to HU grads: Make a difference

    Kim Carpenter, a Highlands University alumnus and co-author of the New York Times best selling book The Vow,  urged the university’s graduates to go out and make the world a better place.

    “There is an urgency to go out and make a difference...,” said Carpenter, the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony at John A. Wilson Complex Saturday. “You are the future.”

  • Mora: Lawyers lining up to help

    Mora County officials say attorneys from around the country are lining up to help them after the commission adopted a controversial community rights ordinance that bans oil and gas extraction.

    The ordinance is controversial because it seeks to restrict the rights that courts have said corporations enjoy. Mora County is believed to be the first county in the nation to adopt such an ordinance.

  • Drought worsens in New Mexico

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Major stretches of river have already gone dry, farmers are leaving their land fallow, and cities are clamping down on water use, but things in New Mexico just went from bad to worse Thursday.

    The latest map from federal forecasters shows exceptional drought has spread from a quarter of New Mexico to nearly 40 percent in just one week. At this time last year, less than one-tenth of the state was affected by what is considered the worst category of drought.

  • Santa Fe National Forest imposes Stage I restrictions

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme drought conditions and high fire danger.

    During Stage I fire restrictions, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited, except in Forest Service developed campgrounds and picnic areas where grills and fire rings are provided.