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  • Weather - July 1, 2013

    Monday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southeast wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

    Tuesday

  • HU professor to conduct research at Johns Hopkins

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    New Mexico Highlands biology professor Carol Linder will complete a research sabbatical this fall in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University, one of the premier research institutions in the world.
    Linder, a cell and reproductive biology scientist, joined the Highlands University faculty in 2004 and established her Reproductive Biology Laboratory in 2005 with a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Linder developed a mouse colony for her research, which focuses on male infertility.

  • Que Pasa - July 1, 2013

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    • San Miguel County Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. Offices will re-open on Friday, July 5.
    • Las Vegas Optic offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and will re-open at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 5.
    • The reunion of the band Cascabel, 8 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, July 4 at El Rialto Patio Ballroom. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call 426-9429.

  • Equal rights for all

    The U.S. Supreme Court made history last week with a pair of decisions on same-sex marriage that left gay rights advocates celebrating.

  • Another Perspective - Growing up in the Bell mansion

    In the June 7 Optic, Jesus Lopez wrote about Nuestra Historia, Part 1, and included a photo of a house built by a former slave named Montgomery Bell, who left Missouri and came to Las Vegas in 1867.
    Mr. Bell built a 10-room mansion that was located where Hot Springs Boulevard intersects with Bernalillo Street. Thanks to Mr. Lopez’s historical contributions, I immediately recognized the house where my grandparents lived. I have no doubt that many people in Las Vegas remember this house.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 1, 2013
  • Heat wave
  • Robbers go fishing

    Chris Wilson’s return to the Las Vegas Train Robbers paid quick dividends Saturday night in Alamogordo.

    Wilson hit 3 for 5, including one home run, with two runs batted in, and Ted LeMasters also homered for Las Vegas in a 9-6 victory at White Sands.

    Earlier this season, Wilson became the first Train Robber to earn a promotion to a higher pro league, the Frontier, and the Normal (Ill.) Cornbelters.

    John Hotta and Andrew Lopez joined Wilson as batters with three hits for Vegas. LeMasters notched three RBI.

  • Crespin wins decision

    The sequel had some different twists than the original, it’s true, but the final result was the same.

    Las Vegas’ Arturo “El Toro” Crespin dominated in a rematch victory over Jose Cruz Garcia on Friday night, part of Chavez Promotions’ “Aztec Warriors” professional boxing card at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
    This time, Crespin defeated Garcia in a six-round unanimous decision, winning 60-54 on one judge’s scorecard and 59-55 according to the other two.

  • True loyalty rare

    Loyalty? Hmmm! Is there such a thing as loyalty in professional sports today? But what is loyalty then as compared to now? Let’s examine this thought by discussing the then and now.

    Back THEN, shall we say in the ‘50s to ’90s, loyalty meant a person who played with the same team throughout his or her career. NOW loyalty has a different term, meaning money or a person who is loyal to the team he or she is with today, gone tomorrow. Loyalty also rears its head in other ways, as we will examine.