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Today's News

  • Holocaust discussion Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic
    How could the Holocaust have happened?  Why did it happen? Is there a possibility it could happen again?

    And in Challenging Our Inhumanity, can we prevent Holocausts and Genocide from happening to any group of human beings?

    In remembering the now-silent voices, the Las Vegas Jewish Community invites the public to join the first interfaith dialogue on the Holocaust or Shoah, the Hebrew word.

  • Noticias - April 15, 2011

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

    • The Justin J. Roper Memorial Scholarship applications are available. The scholarship is open to West Las Vegas seniors. Applications are now available at the West Las Vegas High School counselor’s office. Application deadline is April 29.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Saturday’s “Jamboree for Japan” was a rousing success — and a lot of fun to boot. Members of First United Methodist Church, students from United World College and other volunteers organized various “booths” in the basement of the church for such things as how to make origami and paper lanterns, write haiku poems, use chopsticks, and more.

    And the $10 admission also got you a full meal. It was all to benefit Japanese people suffering after the effects of last month’s earthquake and tsunami.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 15, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Trinidad goes to Washington

    As concerns the next several columns in particular, I humbly acknowledge the scholarly writings of Ralph Emerson Twitchell, Lynn Perrigo and  Maurilio Vigil, as well as the personal history imparted to me by John Paul Taylor and by my dear friend since childhood, Arabella Romero Aragon, Don Miguel Romero’s great-great-granddaughter.

  • Orgullo del Norte -The doctrine of Manifest Destiny

    “Our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions. Yes, manifest destiny.”
    — John O'Sullivan, editor of the Democratic Review

    While the inhabitants of El Norte were busy tending to their crops, families and sheep, President James Polk, a Democrat, was giving his inauguration speech. On the night of his inauguration, he confided to the Secretary of the Navy that his main objective was the acquisition of California.

  • Warren Fulgenzi: USTA champ

    Las Vegas native Warren Fulgenzi won the singles division in the USTA National Men’s 40 Indoor Championships held in Park City, Utah, this past week and took third in doubles.

    Fulgenzi is the associate director and head professional at the Shellaberger Tennis Center in Santa Fe and is a 1986 Robertson High School graduate. He is married to the former Stacy C de Baca, also of Las Vegas, and together they have four children: Warren, Brandolyn, Lauren, and Nico.  

  • Lady Dons’ power hitting pays off in comeback vs. Robertson

    Amanda Garcia's three-run walk-off home run lifted host West Las Vegas to a wild 11-9 victory over crosstown rival Robertson Tuesday afternoon.

    “Thank God we can hit the long ball,” quipped WLV head coach Lucas Griego after the dust settled on one of his club's better wins to date.

    Robertson had taken control on runs by Katie Houdek and Marka Garcia in the top of the fifth inning.

    Garcia’s score, off an Alicia Jaramillo hit, gave the Lady Cardinals a 9-5 edge midway through the fifth.

  • Cardinals demonstrate depth as they edge past West Las Vegas

    Seven Robertson baseball players had at least one hit apiece, and five notched multiple knocks, before a spirited crowd Tuesday at West Las Vegas.

    Robertson wound up with an 8-5 victory in the Meadow City rivals’ first baseball meeting of the season.

    Fabian Montoya and Dominic Yara were both 3 for 4 to lead the Redbird bats.

    Peter Campos went 2 of 3 with a walk, and Nick Archuleta and Estevan Montoya both went 2 for 4.

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC at El Paso CC (DH), noon, El Paso, Texas
    • NMHU at Colorado School of Mines, 7 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at Colorado State-Pueblo, TBA, Pueblo, Colo.

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC at El Paso CC (DH), noon, El Paso, Texas
    • NMHU at Colorado School of Mines (DH), 1 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Robertson at Taos (DH), 11 a.m., Taos