Today's News

  • Publisher's Note: Independent Las Vegas

    Forgive me if I’m being presumptuous, but I just can’t help feeling part of this town’s historical identity, and I’m here to say that Las Vegas is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July.     

    You want patriotism? We’ve got it in droves. Las Vegas has always provided more than its fair share of fighters of our wars, believers in our causes, and doers for our ideals. We’ve got veterans and peaceniks, each of them standing for what they love about our country, sometimes standing as one and the same.

  • NBA locks out players

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — No free agency now, maybe no games later.

    The NBA lockout claimed a quick casualty in Day 1, when the free agency period did not open as usual on July 1.

    Games eventually could be lost, too, if owners and players can’t make progress whenever they start talking again.

    “It’s going to get ugly. I’ve already been on the record saying I don’t think they’re going to play at all next season,” Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley said Friday.

  • Hackers win Taos tourney

    Bouncing back from a rare defeat, the Benavidez Construction Hackers got quick revenge against the Santa Fe Paramount team in the championship games of the 12th Annual Budweiser Tournament held June 25-26 in Taos.

    The tournament was a USSSA Class D-sanctioned event that featured 16 men’s slow-pitch softball teams in a double-elimination bracket.

  • Cowgirls host hoops camp

    New Mexico Highlands University women’s basketball team is inviting local prep basketball players to attend the Cowgirl Skills Academy.

    This advanced instructional camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7-9 at the Wilson Complex. Cost is $100, which includes a camp T-shirt and lunch. The NMHU athletics Web site includes a link to the registration form for the Cowgirl Skills Academy.

    NMHU head coach Tiffany Darling, who recently led a team camp for high school girls’ squads, said the upcoming clinic will help players in various ways.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 4, 2011

    No local sporting events scheduled

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Louisville Chuggers vs. Vegas Boys, 6:30 p.m., Yo Momma vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m., city complex

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Yo Momma vs. Young Bucks, 6:30 p.m., Good Doodz vs. Buzzards, 7:30 p.m., city complex

  • FYI - Sports

    The City of Las Vegas is holding a family golf camp for the community during the month of July. The camp is designed for parents and their children to get out on the range and enjoy the game of golf. Sessions will cover fundamentals, use of irons and drivers, putting, chipping and full swing.

    Sessions are scheduled for July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27. Each session will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Camp cost is $65 for two; $15 each additional person. Children are not required to have their own clubs to participate.

  • Updated: Judge disqualifies local DA from Quintana case

    The judge presiding over the Jay Quintana case has disqualified District Attorney Richard Flores' office from handing the prosecution, which will mean another delay in the trial which was set to begin on Aug. 23.

    "There's a tangled web over here that I can't turn a blind eye to," Judge George Eichwald said as he announced his ruling late Friday morning.

  • Store, stands pull fireworks

    Optic staff and wire

    So long, eruptors. Later days megamax firework packages.

    With mounting local and state pressure against fireworks use due to the extremely dry conditions and catastrophic fires raging around the state, the local Walmart was planning to halt its firework sales. The firework tents outside Hacienda Home Center and Alco have also ceased selling fireworks.

    “It’s the right thing to do for our community,” Walmart manager Damon Garcia told the Optic Thursday morning.

  • Senior Profile - Benerito Gallegos

    What we have today is a 20th-21st-century blending with recognizable traits of various folk, literary and real flesh-and-blood characters. Take a dab each of El Cid, Don Quixote, Juan Diego, Pedro Infante and “Bless Me Ultima’s” Antonio Mares, mix them together and place them in northern New Mexico, and Presto! Our own Benerito Gallegos emerges.

  • Economic development group grilled

    The San Miguel County Commission agreed to give $5,000 to the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Tuesday, but not before posing some hard questions to its leaders.

    Matt Martinez, chairman of the EDC board, and Lavinia Fenzi, the group’s interim executive director, asked for the county to chip in $10,000 for the fiscal year to help operate the organization. They also asked to use a vacant building the county has off Railroad and Grand Avenue as the EDC office.