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Today's News

  • Lesson about nature
  • Heat your home safely

    Tragedy often strikes unexpectedly, as was the case last week when 46-year-old Sonia Baca, a mother of three, got caught in a home fire at Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park in northern Las Vegas.

    She died in the fire early Wednesday morning after helping her 14-year-old daughter get out. An account has been set up at the State Employees Credit Union, named “Memorial Fund for Sonia Baca and Kids,” to financially help the family through the loss.

    Our heart goes out to the family — especially to her children.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 3, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Mixing water and oil

    The other day I overheard a man and a woman talking about the water situation in Las Vegas.

    The man asked the woman, what if the city runs out of water, and she said she’d move to her family ranch.

    He replied that he’d do the same, then went into some detail as to the water he has on and under his land.

    Then their discussion turned to the problem such a move would cause, including how expensive it would be to get to and from work if living at their ranches.

  • Cowgirls earn first win of season

    New Mexico Highlands emerged victorious from a nip-and-tuck battle with Colorado Christian for an 87-83 women’s basketball verdict on Friday evening at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowgirls’ win snapped a four-game drought to open their season. And it came at a good time, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener against a pretty solid CCU squad that had sported the second-best record in the league going into the weekend.

  • Tapia leads West past St. Mike’s

    What West Las Vegas gave up in ball control, it made up for on the defensive end Friday night in a 60-46 victory against St. Michael’s.

    Michelle Tapia scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half as West overcame an 11-2 deficit to take a 24-23 lead at halftime.

    Jayme Quintana was a leading ballhandler all game for WLV and tallied 13 points for the Lady Dons. Deanna Bustos swished two three-pointers and finished with 12 points, all scored in the second half. And Jaylen Gutierrez also had two treys on her way to eight points.

  • Spurs fined $250K for resting stars

    The Associated Press

    Gregg Popovich sent his best players home, deciding they reached the end of the road before the trip was over.

    For that, and for keeping it a secret, the San Antonio Spurs were fined $250,000 by the NBA on Friday.

    Commissioner David Stern said the Spurs “did a disservice to the league and our fans” when they didn’t bring Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili or Danny Green to Miami for the final game of the six-game trip.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 3, 2012

    Monday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 5 p.m., MMS
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., WLV

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B) at Tucumcari, 5 p.m., Tucumcari
    •West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym
    • Mora boys JV vs. Roy, 6 p.m., Montoya Gym

  • Mobile home fire claims life

    A 46-year-old Las Vegas woman perished in a mobile home fire early Wednesday morning after managing to get her daughter out of the burning structure.

    The fire erupted at the Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park off Seventh Street at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

    The Las Vegas Fire Department declined to release the name or gender of the person who died, saying that the Office of the Medical Investigator would need to make a positive identification. But family and friends identified her as Sonia Baca, a mother of three and waitress at Estella’s Cafe.

  • Senior profile - Bruce Wertz

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    One never knows which personality will emerge at any given time — the jokemeister, the historian/researcher, Mr. Super-Memory, or just plain Bruce.

    Nevertheless, locals are familiar with Bruce Wertz’ humor. “I didn’t study sense of humor in college. I don’t think I was ever considered the class clown in school.”