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Today's News

  • Weather - May 14, 2014

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. West wind around 5 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 76. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:57 a.m. to 7:58 p.m.

  • Local church honored for helping kids in need

    Submitted to the Optic

    Calvary Las Vegas will be recognized for its service to children in need around the world on Sunday. For more than five years, Calvary Las Vegas has served as an official collection point for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers millions of gift-filled shoeboxes to children affected by war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, and persecution in more than 100 countries worldwide. Thousands of shoebox gifts are packed and donated each year by volunteers at Calvary Las Vegas.

  • Que Pasa - May 14, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I’m Gonna Like Me” by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING &
    ONGOING

  • Improving education

    According to a new study by the National Education Association, New Mexico ranked 20th among states last year in total per-student education spending.

    Factoring in federal, state and local funds, New Mexico spent $11,019 per K-12 student, $81 more than the national average, the Albuquerque Journal recently reported.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 14, 2014
  • Work of Art: ‘Please speak English’

    A dabbler in languages, I came across a book titled Les Bon Mots. I found it at the latest AAUW book sale, where early birds can get some amazing stuff at a good price.

    The book is a guide to hundreds of French words guaranteed to make people sound oh-so learned. As interested as I am in English, Spanish, French and German, I fear that decades from now many of the lesser-spoken languages, including a host of Indian tongues, will have vanished to make room for English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

  • State track field finalized

    Saturday’s District 2-3A meet was especially huge for several local athletes who made the cut for state by virtue of their high finishes this past weekend.

  • Little League - May 14

    The following are upcoming scheduled Las Vegas Little League games. All LVLL games are held at Keyes Park on Grand Avenue.

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Wednesday, May 14: Yankees vs. Red Sox, 4 p.m.; Angels vs. Orioles, 6 p.m.; Cardinals vs. Mets, 8 p.m.
    Friday, May 16: Orioles vs. Cardinals, 4 p.m.; Mets vs. Reds, 6 p.m.; Yankees vs. Angels, 8 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Wednesday, May 14: Express vs. Red Wings, 6:15 p.m.; Sandgnats vs. Threshers, 7:45 p.m.

  • Cowboys to face Mavs in regional

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Fingers were crossed really tight among Cowboy nation, but all the good thoughts paid off as the New Mexico Highlands baseball team (32-20) learned it will continue the 2014 season with a berth in the national playoffs.

    The Cowboys will again make the jog to Grand Junction, Colo., to take on fellow Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe Colorado Mesa in the first round of the NCAA Division II baseball tournament.

    Highlands and Colorado Mesa are the only RMAC teams to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

  • Pecos’ C de Baca top 4 in two runs

    Cassandra C de Baca medaled in two of her three distance running events at this past weekend’s Class 1A-2A state track and field championships hosted by the University of New Mexico’s track and soccer complex in Albuquerque. The Pecos junior’s individual effort was a highlight of the weekend for Las Vegas-area schools.

    C de Baca placed third in the Class 2A girls’ 800-meter run with a time of 2:26.5, just five ticks behind winner Aubri Wrye of Estancia. And she took fourth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:30.26.