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  • Bullying alleged at East

    Baseball is supposed to be a game of strikes, courtesy of the opposing team’s pitcher, but for one Robertson High School junior varsity team member, the strikes came from a teammate’s punches.

  • Gov taps Baca for judge post

    Longtime Las Vegas attorney Gerald E. Baca has been chosen to fill the vacant judge post in the 4th Judicial District, the Governor’s Office announced Thursday morning.

    Baca, who has been an attorney for more than 26 years, said he would begin his new job on May 13. Between now and then, he will be shutting down his practice and handing his open cases off to other attorneys.

  • Senior profile - Rosalie Lopez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    No doubt about it, Rosalie Lopez is a mover and a shaker. Her life story reads like a catalogue of activity that has taken her from her birthplace in Leeton, Mo. (“Mizzurah,”  as she pronounces it) then to Windsor, Mo., across to Kansas, then back to Warrensburg, Mo., all across New Mexico, and even to Montana and Las Vegas, Nev., eventually settling for good in our own Las Vegas. It’s an odyssey, no doubt.

  • Pendaries woman warns of scam

    When she got the call on Thursday morning, Iona Gamertsfelder’s heart started pumping a little faster.

    The man on the other end of the line told her that she had won $2.5 million and an assortment of other gifts from Publishers Clearinghouse. She was told that they’d be at her house later that morning. The man, who identified himself as Tony Brown, sounded just like Claude Rains, an actor who died in the 60s.  

  • Looking Back - April 26, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, April 30 — J.S. Torres, owner of the J.S. Torres Furniture and Appliance Co., was congratulated on winning his 10th Frigidaire Award of Merit. “You have done an outstanding job of backing up your sales with award-winning service,” said W.F. Switzer of the Frigidaire Division, General Motors Corp.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 26, 2013

    Arbor Day celebration set for Friday

    National Arbor Day celebration will take place at 4 p.m. today (Friday) in Plaza Park. Representatives from the Cub Scouts, City of Las Vegas Parks Department, Tierra y Montes, State Forestry, Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge and Las Vegas Tree Board are scheduled to attend.

  • Weather - April 26, 2013

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest wind around 10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind around 10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

  • Trees vulnerable to bark beetles

    By Daniel Norlander
    New Mexico State Forestry

    It is not difficult to notice that much of New Mexico has been experiencing a prolonged dry spell and the many results of the drought-related conditions.

    These include everything from increased fire activity to decreasing water reservoir levels and dying trees. While some aspects may be more noticeable than others, they can mainly be attributed to a lack of moisture.