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  • Weather - April 24, 2016


    HIGH 68° / LOW 42°

    Sunny, with a high near 68. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph.
    Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 42. Breezy.

    6:16 a.m. to 7:42 p.m.



    HIGH 71° / LOW 38°

    Sunny, with a high near 71. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

    6:15 a.m. to 7:43 p.m.


  • Que Pasa April 24, 2016

    6 p.m.
    West Las Vegas Schools invites the community to participate in the development of the district’s 2016-17 budget during a special board meeting at the West Las Vegas School Donaldo A. Martinez Administration Building Board Room at 179 Bridge St.

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    5 p.m.

  • Organic chemistry senior tapped for NSF fellowship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An organic chemistry senior at Highlands University was tapped from among 17,000 applicants for a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship.

    Melecio Perea, who also has his pick of seven Ph.D. programs, was awarded a three-year NSF fellowship of $34,000 a year.

    Perea, a 22-year-old Las Vegas native, said the magnitude of the award is still sinking in.

  • Vatos’ title quest ends in Elite 8

    Submitted to the Optic

    With a lot of courage and luck this past Saturday in San Francisco, the Vatos slipped past the PacWest No. 1 seed (and nationally ranked No. 3) CSU Maritime Academy 31-29.

    Although given little ball and space, All-American Jeremy Misailegalu literally muscled in three scores. For his toughness in the forward trenches, Ray Henley was named Man of the Match helping the Vatos reach the National Elite 8.

  • Gonzalez tops in homers

    New Mexico Highlands finds itself on the outside looking in as teams make a push for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason in baseball and softball.

    Still, there have been some solid individual efforts this spring for both Cowboys and Cowgirls.

    NMHU baseball is 10-29 overall and 7-19 in the RMAC standings in the second year of the Shannon Hunt era.

    The Cowboys host Adams State this weekend for four games, hoping to climb as far as third place in the RMAC Plains Division.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - April 22, 2016

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 1:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    •NMHU vs. Adams State, noon, Brandt Park
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, TBA
    •NMHU at CSU-Pueblo (DH), 11 a.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Las Vegas 51s, 8:05 p.m., Las Vegas, Nev.
    •West Las Vegas JV vs. Taos, 3 p.m., WLV Field
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park

  • New Day at City Hall

    Newly elected Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron wasted no time in assembling her team, appointing local businessman David A. Ulibarri Jr. as the new city councilor for the Ward 1 seat and naming a new city manager and a new city attorney on Tuesday — a week after winning the mayoral runoff.

  • AG weighs in on Alta Vista OB issue

    The early March closing of the obstetrics department at Alta Vista Regional Hospital has gotten the attention of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. On Wednesday Balderas, a native of Wagon Mound, sent a letter to the hospital’s CEO Chris Wolf expressing his concerns regarding the closing, calling it “an unacceptable gap in services for women across the northeastern part of the state, placing vulnerable New Mexicans at risk.”

  • Get advice on preserving family history

    Submitted to the Optic

    Donnelly Library and the City of Las Vegas Museum will host workshops April 24 through 30 on preserving family documents.

    The workshops are part of the American Library Association’s national Preservation Week

  • NM prepares to sue over wolves

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico is threatening legal action against the federal government after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly revealed its intention to release more Mexican gray wolves into the wild.

    The state Department of Game and Fish confirmed Wednesday that its lawyers have filed a notice of intent to sue over the proposed releases.