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Today's News

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 27, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Feb. 25 — A pint of nitroglycern was found yesterday by members of the sheriff’s office, which is thought to be some of that which was used to blow the safe in the robbery of the Gross, Kelly company May 14, 1934, Sheriff Francisco P. Delgado said. The nitroglycern was found buried under a tree on a ranch northwest of Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 27, 2012

    Early voting ends Friday

    If you’re hoping to cast your ballot early for the municipal election, you’d better hurry. Early voting, which is being held at City Hall, ends at 5 p.m. this Friday. Election day is March 6. On that day, polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

  • Weather - Feb. 27, 2012

    Monday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a south wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.  A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Windy, with a south wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Windy, with a west wind 35-40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Mostly clear and windy at night, with a low around 23.

    Wednesday

  • Correction - News - Feb. 27, 2012

    A story in Friday’s Optic erroneously identified the company that helped Josette and Archie Martinez install a solar system on their home. The name of the company is Consolidated Solar Technologies.

  • RHS, Mora girls win district tourneys

    It was the girls’ night out Saturday in district basketball tournaments across New Mexico, and Robertson and Mora both stepped up in the spotlight, winning district championships.

    Chantel Sena sank two clutch free throws with just a couple seconds left to clinch a 50-47 Robertson victory over Taos in the District 2-3A girls’ final at Mike Marr Gym.

    “It was a great team effort,” said Robertson coach Rick Armijo, who led the Lady Cardinals to dual regular-season and tournament titles in his first year back at the helm of the program.

  • SPRING 2012 - Sports Schedule

    MONDAY, FEB. 27
    Baseball
    LCC vs. Dodge City, 1 p.m., Brandt Park

    TUESDAY, FEB. 28
    Baseball
    NMHU at Eastern New Mexico, 2 p.m., Portales
    West Las Vegas at Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    FRIDAY, MARCH 2
    Baseball
    LCC at Western Oklahoma, TBA, Altus,Okla.
    NMHU at Regis, 3 p.m., Denver
    Basketball
    Girls’ first round of state, TBA

    SATURDAY, MARCH 3
    Baseball
    LCC at Western Oklahoma (DH), TBA, Altus, Okla.

  • Optic Endorsements

    Hands down, it’s Howell

    Vincent Howell has been a well-known fixture in Las Vegas for more than two decades — as a successful businessman and a community servant. He’s been a giver of his time, talents and money to many a worthy cause, and now he’s seeking a position on the Las Vegas City Council. The city stands to benefit even more from his nature — if the voters place him on the council in the upcoming municipal election.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 27, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Power shifts

    Hidden within our municipal races this year is the stark reality that two of the most progressive council members in recent times are about to step aside. And while both of them were touted at one time or another as outstanding candidates for mayor, in the final analysis neither of them sought that position.

    I’m talking about Diane Moore, who was elected to the council in 2006 and Andrew Feldman, who won his seat in 2008. They were usually allies on the political battlefield, but they often had very different approaches to the issues facing Las Vegas.

  • Mayor intervenes for chamber

    Less than a week after the City Council voted to terminate the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce contract, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz has issued an executive order allowing all but the marketing portion of the contract to continue.

    The executive order means that, for now at least, the chamber will continue to be paid for such things as operating the visitor center, the website and the 1-800 number and helping out with conventions coming to town. The marketing portion of the contract, however, is still being terminated, with the city taking over that function for now.