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Today's News

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - What’s up, Doc? Plenty for the Meadow City this week

    By Beth Urech
    For the Las Vegas Optic

    We used to imitate Bug Bunny’s Brooklyn accent when we watched Looney Tunes at the Saturday afternoon movie show.

    Those were the days! My dad would fill up the station wagon and schlepp a carload of us kids from Wildwood Park to downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. After buying our tickets, we would hover around the concession counter.

    Would Bobby Keegan buy Milk Duds?  Maybe Rusty Mackay would gaze in my direction as he purchased an Almond Joy.

  • Bustos out as WLV hoops coach

    David Bustos is out as head coach of the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball program, according to reports.

    West Las Vegas superintendent Chris Gutierrez had not responded to messages left for him on Monday as of press time for this issue. But sources close to the school confirmed that Bustos’ coaching contract had not been renewed for next year.

  • Luna softball wins 3 of 4, solidifies playoff standing

    Another big weekend for the Luna Community College softball team has the Lady Rough Riders in position for a postseason run.

    Luna won three of four games against visiting El Paso Community College over the weekend at New Mexico Highlands’ Cowgirl Field.

    Scores were 4-1 (win), 11-9 (loss) on Friday, 10-2 and 10-2 in five innings (both wins) on Saturday.

    The team (19-28, 11-13) is fourth in the WJCAC standings.

  • Erskine shines at UTEP

    NMHU Sports Information

    Osheen Erskine had a career day and the rest of the Cowgirl track and field squad came up with six personal and season bests as the team took advantage of ideal conditions at the UTEP Invite in El Paso.

    “We had a great meet,” said Highlands head coach Bob DeVries, “Osheen is getting back to her All-American form, and we had a number of athletes come up with the best performances of their careers just a couple weeks away from the RMAC championship.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 26, 2017

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • LVLL games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, Rodriguez Park
    Softball  
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Pecos (DH), 3 p.m., Pecos
    Track and field  
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Eagle Ridge, 3 p.m., Rio Rancho

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    • West Las Vegas JV at Rio Rancho tourney, TBA
    • LVLL games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, Rodriguez Park

  • The return of Carnegie

    By Cindy Collins and Lee Einer
    Special to the Optic

    Carnegie Library is undergoing an exterior restoration, but more money is needed to finish the job.

    The 113-year-old library, built in 1904, is in need of both cosmetic and structural help.

    Community members have donated roughly $21,000 for the work, and the City of Las Vegas is contributing $1,189 for paint and other supplies.

  • Police union in duel with city

    Tensions between city of Las Vegas and the local police union are heating up. City officials are saying the police department is overstaffed, while officers maintain the department is understaffed.

  • Working for a healthier community

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    Osei Bissau felt helpless as he watched his friends and family struggle with heart disease. He felt powerless seeing relatives afflicted by cancer and diabetes.

    Now he’s fighting back.

    Bissau, a Highlands graduate student completing a human performance and sport degree with a concentration in wellness, is working to start a nonprofit to encourage healthy behaviors in underserved communities.

  • Trump administration renews border wall talk

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Money for the wall President Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico must be part of the massive spending bill Congress is preparing, the White House budget director says.

    Additional funding also must be included to hire more immigration agents, Mick Mulvaney told The Associated Press in an interview in which he laid out the top priorities of the president.

  • In Brief - News - April 23, 2017

    Staff and wire reports
    Legislature seeks legal help
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature has sued Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over her budget vetoes that would effectively eliminate the legislative branch by cutting off its funding amid an escalating clash over how to resolve the state’s financial crisis.

    The Democrat-led Legislature on Friday petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court to block vetoes that would defund the legislative branch and all state institutions of higher education in the coming fiscal year.