Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 4, 2012
  • Work of Art - No instant replay in 1912

    Super Slo-Mo (that’s a term I believe I’ve just made up), instant replay, zoom lenses, extra-sensitive mikes: they’ve spoiled it for all of us.

    Let me explain:

    It was exactly this time 100 years ago that Las Vegas became transformed from a sleepy little town to an active little town, with the hosting of a world heavyweight championship bout.

    Those of you who read our Page 1 Looking Back feature may be aware that the Fourth of July festivities that year included a fight between Jack Johnson and Jim Flynn.

  • Fiesta run is Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Fiestas are coming, and so is the annual Fiesta Run.

    On Sunday morning, July 8, in the crisp New Mexico air, more than 300 runners, walkers, families, children, old and young will begin their descent to the Old Town Plaza from Montezuma and the county fairgrounds.

    The 5K walk and 5K run will start at 7 a.m. at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds on Hot Springs Boulevard west of Las Vegas and the 10K run will start at 7 a.m. at the United World College in nearby Montezuma.

  • Four ‘Topes make All-Star roster

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Pacific Coast League All-Star team will have plenty of representation from the Albuquerque Isotopes, as four 'Topes — pitchers John Ely and Josh Wall, catcher Tim Federowicz, and infielder Luis Cruz — have been named to the PCL squad which will take on the International League All-Stars at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 11.  

    The game will be broadcast live on MLB Network, the Armed Forces Network, and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network.

  • Representing the Meadow City
  • Phelps, Lochte put on a show

    The Associated Press

    OMAHA, Neb.  — If this week in America’s heartland is any indication, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are going to put on quite a show in London.
    The world’s greatest swimmers produced their most stirring duel yet at the U.S. Olympic trials Saturday night, going stroke for stroke in the 200-meter individual medley, never more than a few inches apart.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 4, 2012

    • Women’s city league: Warriors vs. Vida Encantada Cougars, 6 p.m., Scrubs vs. Rowdy Rascals, 7 p.m., city complex

    • District 4 Little League All-Star Tournament, 9-10: Las Vegas vs. Springer, noon; Taos vs. Clayton, 2 p.m.; La Plaza vs. Mora, 4 p.m., Raton Little League complex

  • City moratorium delayed

    Oil and gas drilling once again took center stage at this past Wednesday’s City Council meeting, this time after the city attorney proposed another moratorium on it within city limits.

    City Attorney Dave Romero said the city’s previous moratorium on permits for oil, gas and geothermal drilling, exploration and extraction has expired.

    He said the ordinance proposed would continue the moratorium until the city is able to finalize rules for the activity.

  • Prayers for Rain
  • Vacant building law to get rewrite

    City staff and the community planner helping them retool the city’s vacant building ordinance conceded Thursday that they’ll need to go back to the drawing board to come up with a more workable law.

    “The ordinance will look very different than what you see tonight, which is based on the current ordinance,” said community planner Charlie Deans, with the firm Community by Design. “It’s a major rewrite.”