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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 24, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Land of Lost Things / El Pais de las Cosas Perdidads” by Dina Burtsztyn. All programs are free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Noticias - Aug. 24, 2011

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

    • Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas is about to start a new house. They build affordable homes for low-income families. If you are interested in helping with the next house (or in some other way), contact them at  454-4434 or habitatlv @gmail.com. They are looking for volunteers of any skill level.

  • Large Colorado quake shakes homes

    By Steven K. Paulson
    Associated Press

    DENVER  — The strongest earthquake to strike Colorado in more than 40 years shook awake hundreds of people, toppled groceries off shelves and caused minor damage to homes in the southern part of the state and in northern New Mexico. No injuries were reported as aftershocks continued Tuesday.

  • Doomsday planning

    It’s not a pleasant scenario — Las Vegas water reserves drop so low that drastic emergency measures are imposed — but it needs to be considered. That’s why the City Council is right to be taking a hard look at the water restrictions necessary under such dire circumstances.

    Moreover, we commend the council for its decision to offer up the entire plan, well in advance of such a nightmare scenario, for public input. Now is the time to wrestle with it — before a severe water shortage confronts the community head-on.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 24, 2011
  • Work of Art: Let’s hope hugs don’t vanish

    We’re not discussing “tacky” here, just the warm, beneficial, feel-good, even therapeutic effects of what we’ve been doing since the dawn of time: hugging.

    It’s something I grew into after several decades, but now, as an admittedly and increasingly emotional senior citizen, I’ve become much more of a hugger. A nasty old man? Never, just a hugger.

  • First games of fall this week

    The calendar may still indicate summer, but for those competing in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball, the fall season is definitely here.

    West Las Vegas volleyball, now under the direction of Felix Flores, will open its schedule against Peñasco on Wednesday night at the Gillie Lopez Gym. Action begins with the junior varsity at 5 p.m., followed immediately by the varsity.

  • Xplosion softball on the rise

    Not ready to put their softball uniforms and gear on the shelf just yet, the Las Vegas Xplosion 11-and-under girls have one more tournament left before they’re ready to call it a summer.

    The team will compete in a U.S. Slowpitch Softball Association tournament this upcoming Labor Day weekend in Rio Rancho. Dozens of fellow traveling teams from across the region will join them for that event. “There could be around 45 teams from throughout New Mexico and the surrounding area playing,” said Angela Pino, the Xplosion manager.

  • Garcia coaching Robertson runners

    Juan Carlos Fulgenzi has had a hectic couple of months since taking the new activities director post at Robertson High School.

    The new position, part of a districtwide shuffle at Las Vegas City Schools, encompasses both athletics and other extracurricular activities, and Fulgenzi has had to make do without the help of former athletics assistant Rosanne Dimas, who was transferred to another department.

    There’s certainly been plenty to do this summer.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports August 24, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s tournament games: No. 1 seed vs. 4-5 winner, 6 p.m., 4-5 loser vs. 2-3 loser, 7 p.m., NMHU field
    Volleyball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Peñasco (A,B), 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    THURSDAY
    Softball