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Today's News

  • Z’s silence Isotopes

    Albuquerque Isotopes
    METAIRIE, La. — Rob Brantly homered and drove in three runs to lead the New Orleans Zephyrs to a 5-0 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Friday night at Zephyr Field.
    Brantly, who came into the game with no RBI in 60 at-bats over 17 games in Triple-A, hit a run-scoring double in the fourth inning to score the game’s first run.
    Chris Coghlan hit a solo home run in the fifth off Angel Castro (8-5), who allowed two runs in six innings and took the loss.

  • NFL concussion payout called ‘pocket change’

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer
    NEW YORK — The hundreds of millions of dollars the NFL is ready to pay former players sounds great, until you stretch it out over 20 years and divide it among thousands.
    Which is why some former players and others think the league is getting off cheap in its tentative settlement with victims of concussion-related brain injuries.
    The deal announced Thursday to settle 4,500 or so claims is awaiting approval by a federal judge in Philadelphia.

  • Deputy busted in sex sting

    The run of bad luck for the Mora County Sheriff’s Office continued last week with the arrest of a deputy who is accused of trying to solicit sex from a child.

    Mark Preller, 56, has been charged with two counts of soliciting a child under 13 by electronic communication device, third-degree felonies. He was scheduled to be in Magistrate Court in Aztec Thursday for a preliminary hearing. During a preliminary hearing, a prosecutor presents evidence to a judge, and a judge determines whether probable cause exists to bind the case over to District Court for trial.

  • East board: No contract extension for super

    Evidence of the strained relationship between the Las Vegas City Schools Board and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez was on full display last Friday. The board voted unanimously against her request for a contract extension during a special board meeting.

    Additionally, board member Luis Ortiz complained that classes at Los Niños Elementary are overloaded, and as a result  his third-grade son began attending school at a West Las Vegas elementary.

  • Senior profile - Lorenzo Flores

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    People who meet Lorenzo Flores tend to have a strong reaction to him.

    Many look up to him as a fearless advocate who isn’t afraid to fight for the little guy, even if it means taking on those in power. Others view him as little more than a misguided agitator hell- bent on stirring up trouble.

    Whatever one’s view of the 56-year-old activist might be, it’s clear that he isn’t afraid to fight for what he believes in.

  • Game and Fish probing elk deaths

    The state Game and Fish Department suspects that a virus might be responsible for the deaths of more than 100 elk just north of Las Vegas.

    The carcasses were discovered Tuesday within a half- to three-quarter mile area of Game Management Unit 46. The elk appear to have died within a 24 hour period.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 30, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Aug. 30, 2013

    Wagon Mound Bean Days

    The 103rd annual Bean Days in Wagon Mound kicks of at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Labor Day. See today’s Page 3 for the full schedule of dances, races, parades and rodeos.

  • Weather - Aug. 30, 2013

    Friday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Southeast wind around 5 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

  • FYI - Aug. 30, 2013

    The Optic will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Subscribers will get Monday’s edition in their Tuesday mail.

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    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home.