Today's News

  • Weather - April 3, 2013

    A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 64. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.


  • LCC students head to state SkillsUSA competition

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Over the years, Luna Community College has had great representation at the New Mexico Skills USA competition in Albuquerque. This year, the local community college will be sending one of its largest groups.

    Thirty-five students and advisers have officially registered for the event which will be held from today (Wednesday) to Saturday in Albuquerque.

  • Que Pasa - April 3, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 in the children’s area of the pubic library. This week’s book is “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. Free and open to the public.

  • Noticias - April 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

  • Resignation appropriate

    The sudden and immediate resignation of Mack Crow, president of the local Court Appointed Special Advocates affiliate, calls attention to the function of the organization and, more specifically, to the public stance of individual members.

    To review:
    Members of the children’s advocacy group called a meeting — without Crow — and agreed to demand that the then-president of the organization resign.

    The issue was Crow’s advocacy for a man he described as a personal friend.

  • Editorial Cartoon - We lose them by threes
  • Work of Art - We lose them by threes

    It was impressive watching a procession of friends making their way up to the podium Monday to pay tribute to the friend of many: Mel Root.

  • Cowgirls cap weekend sweep

    A clean sweep of both Black Hills State and Chadron State over the weekend gave New Mexico Highlands’ softball team a boost as the season enters its final month.

    The Cowgirls improved to 14-21-1 overall and 7-15-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Highlands defeated BHSU 7-2 and Chadron 7-3 on Saturday in town, duplicating the previous day’s sweep of those teams.

    Highlands and head coach Shellie Broyles are on a four-game tear, reversing the six-game skid they’d been on entering the weekend of RMAC pod play.

  • Noah’s (shooting) arc

    Las Vegas native Noah Leger won the 2013 Southwest Regional Elks Hoop Shot Free Throw Contest championship on March 23 in Dallas.

    Leger represented New Mexico after winning the state level competition, advancing from the local contest sponsored by the Las Vegas Elks Lodge.

    Leger won the boys’ 12-13 age division by swishing 22 free throws in 25 attempts, beating the second-place finisher by one shot.

  • Netters split with Hope

    In home tennis action this past week, Robertson’s boys dominated Hope Christian 8-1 while the Lady Cardinals fell 7-2.

    On the boys’ side, the Cardinals’ top five singles competitors — David Romero, Nick Newman, Michael Salas, Daniel Hasch and Marcos Gallegos — each won their matches. Lawrence Marquez “lost a tough one,” said RHS head coach Roman Fulgenzi.

    Marquez and Hasch paired up to win their doubles contest, as did the teams of Romero-Newman and Salas-Gallegos.