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Today's News

  • Astronomers spot Earth-like planet

    By Alicia Chang
    AP Science Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

  • A major milestone

    Gov. Susana Martinez and many others were in Las Vegas last week to celebrate the purchase of the Castañeda Hotel.

    The closing of the real estate deal marks a major milestone for Las Vegas. The building, after all, is one of the city’s architectural gems, and it has been deteriorating for decades.

    Arizona hotelier Alan Affeldt and his business partners plan to renovate the historic structure and return it to its former glory. They also hope to purchase the Plaza Hotel.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 21, 2014
  • Just a Thought - He is risen, He is not here

    By Rick Kraft

    He is alive! He is alive! He is alive! The first Easter morning must have been an exciting experience for those who had walked the journey with Jesus.

  • RHS girls, WLV boys both 2nd in meet

    Strength in distance running events paved the way to runner-up finishes for both the Robertson girls and West Las Vegas boys in this past Thursday’s Meadow City Invitational.

    The Lady Cardinals, paced by Anabella Miller in the long runs, garnered 72 team points to fend off West Las Vegas (67) and Fort Sumner (62) for second place in the girls’ team competition.

    Meanwhile, the Dons got their usual boost from Moises Coca and another strong showing in the boys’ distance events to amass 71 points, outscoring third-place Pojoaque Valley (64.5).

  • Taking on No. 2
  • Vatos rebound with Sevens triumph

    Submitted to the Optic

    During the last three weeks the No. 9 nationally ranked NMHU Vatos (11-2) have been both humbled and exalted.

    By losing 46-17 in Austin to the undefeated and sixth nationally ranked and Texas Collegiate Champion, St. Edward’s University (11-1), the Vatos were eliminated from the National Small College Rugby Organization National Playoffs.

  • ‘Topes add pitcher

    Albuquerque Isotopes

    Left-handed pitcher Paco Rodriguez joined the Albuquerque Isotopes Wednesday, and lefty Daniel Moskos was placed on the disabled list with a left calf strain.

    Rodriguez claims a 3.18 ERA in eight relief appearances with the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. He spent the entire 2013 season with Los Angeles, turning in a 2.32 ERA with 63 strikeouts against only 19 walks in 54.1 innings. This will be the first stop at Triple-A for Rodriguez as he jumped from Double-A Chattanooga to the Major Leagues in 2012.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 21, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Robertson JV vs. West Las Vegas (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas vs. Robertson, 4 p.m., WLV field
    • Robertson JV at Pecos (DH), 3 p.m., Pecos
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Lamar (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park

  • East misused bond money

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic  

    Las Vegas City Schools has been plagued by financial problems for years, yet somehow it has always managed to land on its feet at the end of each fiscal year.

    It turns out that the district has been keeping afloat by dipping into bond funds to cover operational expenses, a practice that the state Public Education Department says is illegal.