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Today's News

  • Youth free throw contest Sunday

    Area boys and girls age 10-14 are invited to participate in the 2013 Knights of Columbus Council 804 Free Throw Championship this weekend.

    The local level contest will begin at noon Sunday at Gillie Lopez Gym on the campus of West Las Vegas High. The facility will open at 11 a.m.

    Winners of the local competition advance to district, with state to follow. International champions are named based on state scores.

    A release submitted to the Optic noted that more than 120,000 participants joined more than 3,600 local competitions in 2012.

  • Public Health Office offering free flu vaccinations

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Preparing for the worst

    After 40 years of fighting fires, U.S. Forest Service fire specialist Bill Armstrong doesn’t mince words when talking about the possibility of a catastrophic wildfire in the Gallinas watershed.

    “Your watershed is going to burn, categorically, without question,” Armstrong said during a public forum on Friday. It’s merely a matter of when, he added.

  • Presidential Inauguration - Time to act, Obama declares

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with “passion and dedication” to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.

  • Local hired for veterans’ services post

    Submitted to the Optic

    Karen Abeyta is no stranger when it comes to veterans.

    Abeyta, a West Las Vegas High School graduate, is a Navy veteran and is now serving fellow veterans as a new veterans’ service officer in Las Vegas through the state’s Department of Veterans’ Services.

  • No to bullying
  • Teen accused in slayings

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico teenager accused of fatally shooting his parents and three younger siblings told authorities he was annoyed with his mother and had been having homicidal and suicidal thoughts, according to a probable cause statement.

    Nehemiah Griego, 15, was arrested following the shootings Saturday at a home in a rural area southwest of Albuquerque where he lived with his family. He remained in custody on charges of murder and child abuse resulting in death.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 23, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, Jan. 22 — Former Las Vegan Ross E. Thompson has won the Shreveport (Ark), Little Theatre’s “Write Me a Murder” contest with a 1,900-word synopsis for a murder mystery entitled “Who Was the Bird Watcher Watching?” Thompson, who was manager of the Public Service Co., in Las Vegas for several years and also secretary-manager of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, now makes his home in Magnolia, Ark.

     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 23, 2013

    Singing competition is Saturday

    Looking for Young Country Singers Competition will be held at 4 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. The winner will open for the “Matt Mason” concert on Feb. 16. For competition rules and for more information, call 454-3238.
     

  • Weather - Jan. 23, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest wind 5-15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 36. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:06 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.