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Today's News

  • Scratcher tickets help boost lottery sales

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    The New Mexico Lottery has managed to grow its overall sales in the face of industry-wide trends that have seen ticket sales for big jackpot games such as Powerball and Mega Millions take a nose dive, the state’s top lottery chief said Wednesday.

  • Scratcher tickets help boost lottery sales

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    The New Mexico Lottery has managed to grow its overall sales in the face of industry-wide trends that have seen ticket sales for big jackpot games such as Powerball and Mega Millions take a nose dive, the state’s top lottery chief said Wednesday.

  • Help for veterans
  • Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge open to dove hunting

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 31, 2015

     WEDNESDAY
    MIÉRCOLES
    •  Carnegie Library Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the children’s area of library. This week’s book is “Bob’s Pizza” by Luisa Campbellz. All programs are free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Noticias - August 31, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays Nov. 1 to March 31. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • Social media murder

    Many of us take to Twitter or Facebook to share the joys of life. Our digital connectedness makes it easy to update others on the birth of a grandchild, a big job promotion or the perfect vacation.
    Sadly, it also provides a potentially high-profile channel for those filled with hate and rage, from anonymous online commenters to terrorists in the Middle East and a cold-blooded killer at a shopping mall in Virginia.

  • The demise of human customer service

    Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages, but when it comes to the modern world, the young’uns have a leg up on us.
    That occurred to me when I had some questions about my cell phone account, and I didn’t want to sit on the phone all day trying to get the answers I was seeking. So I decided to go to the local office and talk, face to face, with a customer service representative.

  • Opening night: Lady Dons sweep Mora

    Although his Lady Dons took a straight-sets win over visiting Mora this past Thursday night in the season opener for both teams, West Las Vegas volleyball coach Eric Zamora was far from satisfied afterward.

    “Pretty sloppy tonight, I thought,” Zamora said. “I kind of figured it might be like that. We were missing one of our outside hitters (Kyanna Spaulding), and it affected us.”

    “We still found a way to win. There were a couple times we got a little rattled. We were able to weather the storm.”

  • Denver taking long view in resting Peyton

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Pro Football Writer

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.  — The long-term benefit of getting Peyton Manning so much rest this summer is that he should be fresher in December.

    The downside?

    September might not be so smooth.

    With longtime apprentice Brock Osweiler getting so many snaps this summer, Manning’s work has been curtailed and the quarterback who has long despised taking a day — or even a play — off, was 8 for 15 for 52 yards in his preseason debut last week.