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  • Weather - June 3, 2013

    Monday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 54. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, becoming northwest 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Tuesday

  • Poster contest winner
  • HU graduate featured in Bloomberg Businessweek

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University social work graduate Gina DeLuca was featured in Bloomberg Businessweek for advocating to increase the sub-minimum wage for waitresses.

    Congress is debating legislation that would increase both the national regular minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and the sub-minimum wage of $2.13 for workers who are tipped.

  • Que Pasa - June 3, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Pecos Schools Summer Food Program will provide free meals starting on Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 21. Breakfast takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both at Pecos Elementary. Meals will be available to all children. For more information, contact Emily Ortiz at 505-757-4701.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Noticias - June 3, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • David, Julian and Joey Martinez of Sheridan lost their home and all of their belongings recently to a structure fire. A donation account has been opened at the State Employees Credit Union for the family. They are also accepting donations of clothing and household items. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. For more information or to drop off donations, contact Jesus at 505-920-8659

  • Let’s root for the home team

    To many people, baseball at any level, all the way from the Peewee leagues to the Majors, brings a sense of enjoyment and relaxation.

    Unlike basketball, for example, or football played inside an arena, baseball at this level generally is played outside, where people can enjoy a cool breeze in the night air.

    Now that Las Vegas has its own professional baseball team, that’s all the more reason to get out at night and support the Las Vegas Train Robbers, who have already chalked up three victories.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 3, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Four-day week was a bad idea

    By Eric Martin

    For the Optic

    With the school year over and the pressure beginning to lift off the spirits of public school staff and students,  some may wonder how this year went. The jury is still out on student achievement,  with the results of state tests still unknown, but there are definitely some topics worth discussing.

    Those topics include the many new and somewhat controversial changes that have recently come to Las Vegas City Schools.

  • Crespin prevails in six

    Cruising to a bruising victory in what was described as a lopsided rematch, Las Vegas middleweight Arturo “El Toro” Crespin stopped Charles Alderete in the sixth round Friday night.

    The technical knockout, called when Alderete’s corner threw in the towel at the 1:19 mark in the final round, came on the undercard of Johnny Tapia Presents “The Next Chapter, Part Four,” a pro boxing event held at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque.

  • Smoke and Fuego

    Fourteen runs was almost enough to sustain the Las Vegas Train Robbers on Saturday night at the Santa Fe Fuego.

    Almost.

    After a six-run outburst in the top of the frame, Vegas led 14-12 midway through the sixth. But the Fuego, matching the Robbers’ prolific offense hit for hit, tied the score with two runs in the home half of the inning. And they got a single run — the eventual game-winner — in the bottom of the eighth.

    Santa Fe outhit Las Vegas 19-16 in the Pecos League neighbors’ first meeting.