Today's News

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Dec. 30, 2011

    The Indianapolis (Ind.) Star, on the Aliahna Lemmon murder (Dec. 28) — Aliahna Lemmon was only 9 years old and it was only three days before Christmas when she was murdered in a series of acts so horrific that it strains the bounds of good taste to describe them in even general terms.

    Police say a neighbor in a Fort Wayne mobile home park — entrusted to care for Aliahna and her younger sisters because their mother was sick — has confessed to beating to death the little girl and then dismembering her body.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 30, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    U.S. targets laundering
    WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration has hit two men with sanctions for allegedly laundering money on behalf of Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.

    The move blocks any assets in the U.S. belonging to Lebanese-Colombian nationals Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly and Mohamad Zouheir El Khansa, and blocks Americans from doing business with them.

  • Book: Petraeus urged to quit

    By Kimberly Dozier
    AP Intelligence Writer

    WASHINGTON — Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus was urged to resign as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama’s decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider’s look at Petraeus’ 37-year Army career.

  • Unemployment claims rise

    By Christopher S. Rugaber
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week after three weeks of decline.

    Even with the gain, applications remained at a level consistent with modest hiring. And the broader trend over the past month suggests job growth could pick up further in the new year.

    Weekly applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

  • Students of the Month
  • Two crowned as Miss Las Vegas and Miss San Miguel County

    Submitted to the Optic

    Kayla Gonzales, 18, won the title of Miss Las Vegas 2012 and DeAnna Jerge, 18, won the title of Miss San Miguel County 2012 at the 10th Annual Miss Las Vegas/Miss San Miguel County Scholarship Pageant.

    The pageant was earlier this month at West Las Vegas High School.

    Gonzales attends New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College. She sang “Better in Time” by Leona Lewis for her talent. She will promote a platform of Juvenile Diabetes “Fighting for a Cure” as Miss Las Vegas.

  • Noticias - Dec. 30, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • Cowboys go for 104 vs. Eagles

    It took nearly four minutes for New Mexico Highlands to get on the scoreboard Wednesday night against Northern New Mexico College, but once the Cowboys (5-5) got started, they were impossible to stop.

    Highlands passed the century mark for the first time this season, shooting down the visiting Eagles 104-78 before several thousand fans at the Wilson Complex. The game tipped off close to 10 p.m. and didn’t finish until nearly midnight. The university planned the late start in conjunction with a full day of Stu Clark Tournament basketball at the Cowboys’ home gym.

  • Early thrills in Stu Clark tourney

    Matinee games beat the prime-time contests in terms of pure basketball drama on Wednesday as the 58th Stu Clark Tournament got under way at the Wilson Complex.

    The tournament concludes Friday with a full day of action. (See schedule for times; next week’s Optic will carry full coverage of the remainder of the tourney.)

    First, tourney newcomer Moriarty overcame a 10-point deficit to sneak past Silver 49-48. The Colts, who got double-digit scoring efforts from Alex Lopez (18), Derek Salas (12) and Brandon Reese (10 plus six boards), led 28-23 at halftime.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 20, 2011

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado School of Mines, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Stu Clark Tournament: seventh-place game 9 a.m., fifth-place game (consolation final) 11 a.m., third-place game 1 p.m., championship 9 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson at Silver Duals, Silver City

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex