Today's News

  • Fourth of July closings

    Las Vegas Optic

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.

    Trash Pickup — Closed Saturday and Monday, only commercial routes will be picked up, Monday’s normal route will take place on Tuesday; Tuesday’s normal route will be picked up on Wednesday, and Wednesday’s normal route will take place on Thursday.

  • Editorial Cartoon: July 1, 2016
  • Thumbs - July 1, 2016

    Kudos to Annette Velarde, the city of Las Vegas’ event coordinator, and to everyone else who had a hand in organizing this year’s Fiestas.  As with last year, organizers were able to book top-notch entertainment, including Sparx, Jerry Lopez and Crossroads, Carlos Medina, Al Hurricane Jr., Jerry Dean with Christian Sanchez, Gonzalo, Sorela and Brenda and Juan Ortega. The four-day event will also feature a carnival, parade and fireworks! With entertainment like this, our Fiestas are sure to be a big hit.

  • Dispatch New Mexico: Celebrating our freedoms, New Mexico style

    Around the corner is Independence Day, a holiday in which we celebrate the birth of these United States, and here in New Mexico, we have the history, heritage and diversity to do it up right.

    At first, sundry Native American tribes shared this harsh and enchanting landscape, but they were eventually overpowered and “assimilated” into the Spanish and Mexican ways that ruled the region into the mid-1800s. Then came U.S. troops to conquer and exploit the land and its peoples, and New Mexico became an untamed territory for an expansionist nation.

  • Fiesta Run deadline Friday

    Las Vegas Optic

    Friday is the deadline to register for Sunday’s annual Las Vegas Fiesta Run.

    Registration is available from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Southwest Capital Bank, 622 Douglas Ave. in Las Vegas. Those who have already signed up may also pick up their packets at that time.

    There will be no same-day registration.

  • A June swoon

    Albuquerque Isotopes fans didn’t let the continuing struggles of their favorite baseball team spoil their appetites on Tuesday night.

    The audience woofed down 32,312 hot dogs, according to the Isotopes media relations department, as part of the team’s 50-cent Hot Dog Night promotion.

    With 9,353 fans in attendance, that’s an average of three and a half hot dogs per fan — easily surpassing the first such night, which saw 26,413 consumed.

  • Ninjas kick to tourney win

    Las Vegas Optic

    A traveling youth soccer team from Las Vegas brought home its first team championship from the Kick It 3v3 tournament this past weekend in Roswell.

    Members of Team Ninja 07 from the Meadow City Soccer Club battled seven teams from New Mexico,  Texas and Colorado during a two-night, event of three-on-three soccer.

    The Ninjas won all seven of their games, outscoring their opponents 46-16.

    This is the first tournament gold for the club, which is completing its first year. The team is coached by Ian Williamson.

  • La Plaza sluggers wrap up titles

    Las Vegas Optic

    The first couple days of the District 4 All-Star tournaments were all about Las Vegas Little League softball.

    The next couple days, it was La Plaza baseball’s turn to take the spotlight.

    La Plaza’s Senior Division baseball team, hosting Mora on its home field, captured the district title with two straight wins in what amounted to a best-of-three series.

    La Plaza won 12-0 and 13-3 on Tuesday evening at Rodriguez Park.

  • Phelps makes 5th Olympics

    The Associated Press

    OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps surged to the wall, and then whipped around to spot his time.

    That number wasn’t really important. The only thing that mattered was No. 5.

    Phelps became the first male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics with a victory in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Wednesday night, another huge milestone in the water but even more significant given what’s happened away from the pool.

  • Johnson gets back to work

    The Associated Press

    AKRON, Ohio — Dustin Johnson was on the range at Firestone for an hour and was lucky if he hit more than a dozen shots.
    This would not be described as an intense practice session, for all the right reasons.