Today's News

  • Lady Dons Go deep

    Losing a couple of key players with college-level skills last offseason should’ve meant at least a small step backward for the West Las Vegas softball program.

    But the Lady Dons and their coaches had other ideas.

    West won nearly two dozen regular-season games, went 11 of 12 in a sturdy district race, and earned a No. 5 seed in the Class 3A state tournament. Then the Lady Dons surpassed what they’d done the year before, reaching the state championship game after knocking off the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds.

  • RMAC fields multiple NFL hopefuls

    By Kaleb Center
    Submitted to the Optic

    With the 2013 National Football League draft concluded, the initial flurry of free agent signings winding down, and offseason team activities ramping up, it is time to catch up with former Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference student-athletes playing football at the professional level.

  • Herrera, ‘Topes top Sox

    By Laura Verillo
    Albuquerque Isotopes

    Albuquerque took the opening game of a four-game set with Colorado Springs 7-3 behind a six-run offensive outburst in Monday’s fourth inning.

    Second baseman Elian Herrera led the charge, going 3 for 5 and matching Dee Gordon for the most stolen bases in a game this season with three.

  • Little League - May 22, 2013

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

    Wednesday games: Yankees vs. Reds, 5:30 p.m.; Orioles vs. Mariners, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday games: Thunder vs. Bats, 6:15 p.m.; Paw Sox vs. Rivercats, 7:45 p.m.

    Thursday games: Pink Sox vs. Stars, 5:30 p.m.; Lady Devils vs. Lady Longhorns, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday game: Sundevils vs. Tigers, 5:15 p.m.
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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 22, 2013

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad, 7 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.
    • La Plaza Little League games (see schedule, Page 9)
    • Las Vegas Little League games
    • La Plaza Little League game
    • La Plaza Little League game
    • Las Vegas Little League game

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Raton, 7 p.m., Raton
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • La Plaza Little League game

  • BREAKING: Fire set to cover up murder

    UPDATED: Jose Montoya and Gary Esquibel, the two fugitives being sought in connection with the murder and arson that occurred on 12th Street early Saturday morning, were both captured in Albuquerque Sunday afternoon. Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said that LVPD investigative work led to the arrests.

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    The man whose body was discovered inside an apartment that burned early Saturday morning was shot in the head during a fight, and then the shooter and another man torched the apartment to cover up the crime.

  • Mora project in peril

    The director of a state agency given oversight authority on the Mora County Complex says he is “alarmed” by the Mora County Commission’s decision to hire Roger Gonzales as interim county manager, given his history with public funds.

    And Arthur W. Pepin says the Administrative Office of the Courts will continue its involvement with the project only if Gonzales isn’t involved in any way.

  • Highlands to get new digs in Santa Fe

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University representatives joined Santa Fe Higher Education Center officials for the April 23 groundbreaking for the HEC’s new building.

    Highlands University was the first public university in New Mexico to sign the higher education partnership agreement with the HEC in 2010. Highlands has operated a Santa Fe site since 1996 through a partnership with Santa Fe Community College.

  • Man stabbed on Church St.

    Las Vegas Optic

    A man was airlifted to a trauma center late Friday or early Saturday morning after he was stabbed on Church Street.

    Details on that incident were sketchy as of the Optic’s press time.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said a male was stabbed in the chest and was airlifted to a trauma center.

    Montaño said the man was in critical condition.

    “We have some possible suspects on that one,” he said.

    Names of the victim and the suspects weren’t immediately available.

  • Weather - May 20, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph becoming north 10 to 15 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 5-15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45.

    Sunny, with a high near 80. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 51.