Today's News

  • Noticias - Nov. 25, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.

    • 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.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 25, 2011

    • Storrie Lake State Park will be closed on Friday, Nov. 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Storrie Lake State Park will re-open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. For questions or for more information, call 425-7278.

    • The Las Vegas Optic business office will be closed on Friday, Nov. 25, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen for regular hours on Monday, Nov. 28.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving — and Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year — we offer up today’s thumbs:

    THUMBS UP! THE ECONOMY. Sluggish though it is, it’s still better than this time last year, and it’s showing signs that today will be a good day for retailers. We certainly hope so.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 25, 2011
  • Dulcey Amargo: Life is good

    Recently I was listening to my wake-up call — KFUN — in the early morning, and Martha Johnsen was talking about some mishaps that had beset her.

    Innocuous, everyday things they were — a fly in her coffee cup, a lost earring, a flat tire. Yet, her positive outlook offset these mischances. Her stories about the drawbacks are always followed by explanations  of how the problems could have been worse. She ended her Jeremiad with “Life is good.”

    I’ll have to agree wholeheartedly with her.

  • Nuestra Historia - El Senador

    An icon in our state’s history, he remains among our foremost citizens. His bold achievements continue to affect the lives of every New Mexican, and his story is as relevant in Las Vegas as it is in Albuquerque’s south valley, or any other place in the Land of Enchantment.

    He was the great Dennis Chavez, whose life-size bronze represents New Mexico in Statuary Hall in our nation’s Capitol, where he stands alongside  George Washington, Daniel Webster and Dwight Eisenhower.

  • Forests to Faucets: A sense of urgency

    What used to be a green landscape to the north and west is now black with charred forests.

  • HU’s Rockhill 4th in UNK tourney

    New Mexico Highlands sophomore Robert Rockhill went 3-2 and took fourth place in the heavyweight division, highlighting the Cowboy wrestling team’s effort at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open on Nov. 19.

    Freshman 133-pounder Tre Humphrey compiled a 4-2 mark and pinned two opponents. He is 6-4 overall this season, including the opener at Oklahoma City.

    In the third-place match, Rockhill lost to Joe Alston of tourney host UNK via fall at the 3:54 mark.

  • Xplosion softball finishes what it started

    Finally, the Las Vegas Xplosion softball team has an offseason.

    The squad finished its extended run by winning its third consecutive U.S. Slowpitch Softball Association tournament, the Rio Rancho Invitational, last month.

    “It has been not only a toll on the girls and coaches but for the parents also,” said coach Michael Quintana. “It takes a lot of commitment and financial doing to support the girls in something they love.”

    Quintana said several girls had particularly strong efforts.

  • Fast start for WLV

    In the first game of the 2011-12 season, the West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team made quick work of visiting Capital, 55-20, on Tuesday night at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West coach Jose Medina stifled the Lady Jaguars with a couple of defenses and unleashed a three-quarter-court press early, producing turnovers. West had its own turnover issues early, and neither side had a field goal until Capital’s Selene Gonzales’ bucket with 2:46 left in the first.