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Today's News

  • Listeria found on equipment

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment at a Colorado farm’s cantaloupe packing facility were probably to blame for the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

    Government investigators found positive samples of listeria bacteria on equipment in the Jensen Farms packing facility and on fruit that had been held there.

  • Social Security benefits to go up

    By Stephen Ohlemacher
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Social Security benefits will go up by 3.6 percent next year, the first increase since 2009 for the one in five Americans who rely on government retirement and disability programs.

    The higher benefits will provide relief to more than 60 million people, many who have seen their retirement accounts dwindle, home values drop and out-of-pocket medical costs rise in the years since their last raise.

  • Brenda Ortega-Benavidez sings of original Las Vegas

    In the halls of Robertson High School many know her as Mrs. Brenda Ortega-Benavidez and in the internet world she is known as the woman singing “Las Vegas, New Mexico — The Real Las Vegas.”

  • Noticias - Oct. 21, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 21, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Mothers of Preschoolers meeting, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at Calvary Chapel (located in the alley behind Lowes and next to the Elks Lodge). Moms with children of any age are welcome. Through this group moms help each other become better moms while learning new parenting skills and developing new friendships. Child care provided. For more information, call Lena Atencio at 454-0572 or 575-496-2920 or email her at lena.atencio@ yahoo.com

  • Gridders to open district slate

    Las Vegas Optic

    After taking last week off to regroup and get healthy (in truth, a rare shared bye week), Robertson and West Las Vegas football teams kick off the District 2-3A portion of the schedule.

    Both teams have endured a tough schedule to date, but the district race provides opportunity to start fresh; at least the champion and possibly the runner-up will receive a state playoff berth.

  • RHS sails past Moreno

    Caitlin Diefendorf burned Moreno Valley with three goals and two assists as Robertson won 10-0 on Wednesday in Angel Fire.

    “We scored five off 10 shots in the second half,” noted RHS head coach Ray Parks. “Everyone got playing time and starters got some well-needed rest.”
    Robertson’s “Beastie Girls” are 13-5 overall and 6-1 in district.

    Lexus Jaramillo opened the onslaught, taking a Diefendorf assist to score in the third minute.

  • NMHU spikers sweep Mustangs

    The Highlands Cowgirl volleyball team earned its ninth win of the season in a 25-9, 25-22, 25-9 win over the Mustangs of the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowgirls handed the Mustangs their 19th loss of the season in a mere 65 minutes. Highlands had 38 kills and hit .370, hitting over .400 in the first and third sets (.444 and .550).

    Junior Ashley Nugent led Highlands with nine kills and two blocks; sophomore Sheila Olaechea notched 16 digs and two aces.

  • YABL sign-ups starting

    Las Vegas Optic

    The City of Las Vegas announces its Young American Basketball League registration periods and a YABL volunteer coaches meeting on the upcoming calendar.

    • For girls’ YABL  (third and fourth grade division and fifth through seventh division), as well as the co-ed kindergarten through second grade division, the registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 7.
    Entry fee is $40.

    A mandatory player evaluation session will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Vatos win High Desert Classic

    Submitted to the Optic


    Thirty-five members strong, the NMHU Rugby Club Vatos (11-3-1) won the College Division of the 40th Annual High Desert Classic Rugby Tournament this past weekend in Albuquerque.

    On Saturday, the Vatos easily won their pool by defeating New Mexico State  34-10 and Northern Arizona University 19-7 to advance to the semifinals.