Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 9, 2011

    • Barter Hours introductory and new member orientation meeting, 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec 9, at Traveler's Café on the Plaza. For more information, call 426-1468.

    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Conservation District monthly board meeting, 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at Luna Community College. For more information, call 425-9088.

  • Noticias - Dec. 9, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

    • 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.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! EXACERBATING A TRAGEDY. Details regarding the deaths of two city employees just keep making things worse for the city. Immediately after Frank Romero, 49, and Gene Hern, 32, were killed when a trench collapsed on May 18, we learned that the 9.5-foot-deep trench hadn’t been properly reinforced. And now, through a Occupational Safety and Health Board report, we’re told two other employees expressed concern about the safety of the situation before the accident, but nothing was done.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 9, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Bridge, streets and trolleys

    When Las Vegas revelers greeted the arrival of the first train on July 4, 1879, their enthusiasm was confined to Railroad Avenue, unless they chose to ford the river to celebrate at a saloon or hotel on the west side — there was no bridge across the Gallinas.

    After Las Vegas was founded at the Old Town Plaza in 1835, the settlement expanded north, south and west, but not east, and there was no need for a bridge over the river. (The highlands and plains east of the river were used for grazing livestock and some dry farming.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Dec. 9, 2011

    The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press on medical marijuana (Dec. 2) — A formal federal recognition of marijuana as a prescription drug is the logical approach to the medical marijuana debate. The current state-by-state approach that challenges federal drug laws only invites confusion for doctors, patients, dispensaries and law enforcement agencies.

  • Stu Clark bracket announced

    So long, Atrisco Heritage and West Mesa.

    Bienvenidos, Moriarty.

    And welcome back, Santa Fe Capital. We’ve missed you. This time, stay a while.

    An annual holiday hoops tradition for half a century, the Stu Clark Tournament makes its return to the Wilson Complex from Wednesday, Dec. 28, through Friday, Dec. 30. The tourney features hometown favorites Robertson and West Las Vegas on their usual opposite ends of the bracket and brings six boys’ basketball teams from around the state for a three-day fest on the hardwood.

  • NMHU women ground Eagles

    Four Cowgirls soared into the double digits in scoring and two — Ashley Zaragoza and Trish Simpson — recorded double-doubles in New Mexico Highlands University’s commanding 78-54 win over Northern New Mexico College on Tuesday evening in Española.

    The Cowgirls and Cowboys host league foes Western State and Colorado Mesa on Friday and Saturday at the Wilson Complex. The women get things started each night at 6.

  • Griffin tops list of Heisman hopefuls

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Stanford’s Andrew Luck is returning to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist, just not as the favorite.

    That distinction belongs to Baylor’s Robert Griffin III.

    The two star quarterbacks will join fellow finalists Trent Richardson, Tyrann Mathieu and Montee Ball at the Heisman presentation Saturday night in Manhattan.

  • Wyoming readies for N.M. Bowl

    The Associated Press

    CASPER, Wyo. — Dave Christensen is obviously happy that his Wyoming Cowboys earned a bowl invitation for the second time in three years.

    Now if the third-year coach could just get a little more practice time before the Cowboys take on the Temple Owls in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17.