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  • Shooters do well in state contest

    Submitted to the Optic
    The goal of the Mora 4-H Shooting Sports program is youth development through participation in firearms, safety training and shooting sports activities.
    Recently the team competed in the 4-H Shooting Sports contest at the Whittington NRA Center in Raton. The objectives were to assist the 4-H members to learn and practice the rules of rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzle loading, compound and traditional archery, safety, sportsmanship and accuracy with firearms.

  • ‘Fantastic Four’ tries to get footing

    By Lindsey Bahr
    AP Film Writer
    LOS ANGELES — The “first family of Marvel” has had some growing pains.
    While Marvel’s X-Men and the Avengers have built their big screen empires into well-oiled billion dollar franchises, the Fantastic Four have floundered with never-was and the never-should-have-been adaptations.

  • Hollywood’ superhero problem

    By Derrik J. Lang
    AP Entertainment Writer
    LOS ANGELES — Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man.
    The list of male superheroes starring in their own big-screen escapades is bigger than Tony Stark’s ego, and the billions of dollars these films have generated rival the fortunes of the well-off tinkerer. However, in spite of Hollywood’s continued fascination with supermen, a new surge of female power could finally electrify the genre and more closely resemble the audiences of comic book adaptations.

  • Editorial Roundup - August 7, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Star Tribune on the need for the U.S. to lead in the fight to stop human trafficking (Aug. 2):

    Human trafficking — slavery, really — is a global scourge that requires a worldwide response. And yet, as with so many intensifying global challenges, the U.S. must lead.

  • All the world’s a stage - ‘Black Beard’ hits stage this Saturday

    A Las Vegas tradition will soon hit the stage of Ilfeld Auditorium. At 7 p.m. on Saturday roughly 50 children will perform after five days of preparation for Missoula Children’s Theatre local production of “Blackbeard the Pirate.”

    Monday morning children auditioned for their parts for the hour-long musical. Joe McCaffery of the Las Vegas Arts Council said the children did great and are working closely with the two directors from the theater group.

    This is the 27th year the theater group has visited Las Vegas with their children’s program.

  • Las Vegas native not guilty in wife’s death

    Optic Staff and Wire

    A Virginia judge last week found former FBI agent Arthur Gonzales not guilty of voluntary manslaughter for killing his estranged wife in 2013, the Free Lance-Star is reporting.

    Gonzales, who grew up in Las Vegas, was tried three separate times for the shooting death of his wife, 42-year-old Julie Serna Gonzales, a Socorro native. The couple met while attending New Mexico Highlands University.  

  • Churches to review security after blasts

    The Associated Press
    LAS CRUCES— Church officials in Las Cruces say they will conduct security reviews following two explosions that startled Sunday churchgoers in the southern New Mexico city.

    No one was hurt in either explosion, but police say the explosives could have killed or seriously injured someone nearby, the Las Cruces Sun-News.

    Church officials at Holy Cross Catholic Church and Calvary Baptist Church, where the explosives went off, say they will hold Sunday services as planned.

  • 45th anniversary of merger celebrated

    By Eric Martin
    Las Vegas Optic

    When he ran for mayor in East Las Vegas in 1968, Alfred Nelson figured he didn’t have much of a chance of winning.

    Part of his platform was the consolidation of East and West Las Vegas, and he figured that his controversial support for the merger would be enough to tank his mayoral aspirations.

    Those fears proved to be unfounded.

    On Feb. 27, 1968, voters of both East and West Las Vegas overwhelmingly gave their blessing to the merger. A week later, Nelson was elected mayor of East Las Vegas.

  • Support high for teen curfew

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Officials in several New Mexico cities want to set a local curfew for teens and are renewing efforts to change a state law to allow such regulations.

    The debate was revived by the recent death of a 14-year-old Isaiah Albright in an Albuquerque park. He was shot at 2 a.m., the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • AG to hold taskforce meeting

    The Associated Press
    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is set to hold his first meeting with a taskforce reviewing the state’s criminal justice system.

    The team made up of district attorneys, judges, sheriffs and the widow of a slain Rio Rancho police officer is scheduled to meet today at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

    Balderas says Julie Benner, the wife of the late officer Gregg “Nigel” Benner, is a key member of the team.