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  • Fiesta preparations - Entertainment planned for Fourth

    Food, dance and music will fill Plaza Park sooner than originally planned. Fiesta organizers have added three groups to the entertainment lineup, and they will perform Thursday evening, the day before fiesta events were originally scheduled to begin

    Inez Gallegos-Lujan will perform at Plaza park Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by Los Malcriados. Los Latineerz will take the stage from 8 to 9 p.m. Food booths will also be allowed to open from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday if they have passed inspection.

    This year’s Fourth of July Fiestas run through Sunday.

  • Cascabel reunion on tap for Thursday

    For years people used to put on their dancing shoes to dance the night away to the sounds of Cascabel.

    On Thursday evening, several original band members will get together for a reunion show starting at 8 p.m. to midnight at El Rialto Patio Ballroom.

    “The dance is going to be a reunion of some of the original band,” Steve Leger said. “It is going to be a great night of music, fun and memories.”

  • Looking Back - July 3, 2013

    In 1963

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 — The city’s summer band program will open Monday at the Robertson High School Music Building on Fourth Street, between Friedman and Baca, under the direction of Stanley Radcliffe. Offerings include beginning band and instrumental classes open to next year’s grade 5-9 students who have no previous experience.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 3, 2013

    Trash pickup unaffected by holiday

    The city of Las Vegas solid waste Transfer Station will be closed Thursday and Friday, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. All trash pickup routes, however, will be running as scheduled. Call 426-3217 for more information.

  • Weather - July 3, 2013

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. South wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Light west wind becoming southwest 5-10 mph in the morning. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

  • Peaceful end to standoff

    A tense, hours-long standoff between police and an armed man who barricaded himself in his Douglas Avenue apartment early Friday morning ended peacefully with the man’s surrender.

    The man, Roland Romero Jr., 27, who resides at an apartment at 1020 Douglas Avenue, had allegedly struck a woman in the face with a handgun and then threatened to kill her while he and others were “partying” on the 900 block of South Pacific earlier in the night. Romero was given a ride back to his residence, but when police showed up there, he refused to surrender.

  • Fostering Creativity
  • Flood warnings issued for burn areas

    Optic Staff and Wire

    With weather forecasters predicting a good chance of rain in the upcoming days, U.S. Forest Service officials are warning those downstream of burned areas to take steps to protect themselves and their property from flooding and mud flows.

  • Looking Back - July 1, 2013

    In 1963

    June 30 — William D. Eastlake, well-known New Mexico writer with ranching interests in the Cuba area, will be on the Highlands University campus Monday and Tuesday to deliver a series of three lectures in connection with the Coe Foundation-sponsored American Studies program. Author of one novel, “Go in Beauty,” he has been represented in most of the leading magazines with his short stories. His work appeared in “Best Short Stories of 1955.”

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 1, 2013

    Special City Council meeting set for Tuesday
    The Las Vegas City Council will hold a special City Council meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Avenue. Among the items on the agenda are several drought contingency projects aimed at ensuring that Las Vegas doesn’t run out of water.