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Today's News

  • Weather - Jan. 21, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 51. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 60. Clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:07 a.m. to 5:17 p.m.

  • EPA changed course after protest

    By Ramit Plushnickmasti
    The Associated Press

    WEATHERFORD, Texas  — When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family’s drinking water had begun bubbling like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: A company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 21, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21. The offices will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Missing Mitten Mystery” by Steven Kellogg. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • A man of peace

    On this holiday in which we remember a man who gave his life for “a more perfect union,” we should also remember how he acted. He was a man who lived in violent times, yet his response was peaceful.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 21, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Sanity still rules

    Lately it seems that reason has taken a back seat to the crazies out there. But, fortunately, that’s not true.

  • No. 2 Laguna-Acoma topples No. 1 Pecos

    If it’s true that Friday night’s Pecos-Laguna-Acoma matchup was a preview of the Class 2A boys’ state championship, the Panthers have some work ahead between now and March.

    Laguna-Acoma (14-1), which entered the weekend ranked No. 2 in the classification, dictated the tempo and held on to beat No. 1 Pecos 73-68 in front of a capacity crowd at Sanchez Gym.

    The visiting Hawks were hot to start, pushing the ball inside and taking a 24-12 lead. Laguna led 43-23 early in the third.

  • Cowboys, Eagles battle to overtime

    Bonus basketball was in order Friday night, as New Mexico Highlands and Chadron State went into double overtime at the Wilson Complex.

    Highlands won 89-86 aided by Lavell McDade’s free throw with five seconds to go. Chadron’s David Downey missed a three at the buzzer.

    The score was knotted up at 69-69 at the end of regulation and 79-79 after one overtime session.

    Highlands slipped to 5-9 overall and 3-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • WLV, Trinidad go to the limit in wrestling dual

    Trinidad (Colo.) gave up three weight classes via forfeit on Friday afternoon; host West Las Vegas gave up four.

    There wasn’t much difference otherwise in a competitive dual meet between the Miners and Dons. Trinidad took a 48-36 verdict in the team scoring before a crowd of more than a hundred fans at West Las Vegas Middle School.

    While most wrestling events’ focus is on the individual matches, the team scoring had a drama all its own in a back-and-forth battle.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 21, 2013

    Monday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys at Capshaw, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., Valley gym

    Thursday
    Basketball