Today's News

  • Acclaimed filmmaker to lecture at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Documentary filmmaker, editor and director Maureen Gosling will teach at Highlands University April 1 to April 12 through the university’s Nina Telsa Ballen Visiting Artist Program.

    Gosling will also present a lecture and lead a discussion today (Monday) after a free community screening of the documentary Smokin’ Fish. The screening will be at 7 p.m. in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

  • Noticias - April 1, 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.

  • Que Pasa - April 1, 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.

  • East finances worrisome

    With three months left in the fiscal year, time is running out for Las Vegas City Schools officials to figure out exactly where the district stands financially, and how it’s going to dig itself out of its financial hole.

    Plugging a large deficit is difficult under the best of circumstances. But when the exact magnitude of the shortfall remains unclear nine months into the fiscal year and when the plan for dealing with that shortfall is mired in vagueness, then the potential for catastrophe looms large.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 1, 2013
  • Another Perspective - We can do better for our pets

    By Martina Holguin

    For the Optic

    Have you ever driven down a street and noticed a dog or two running alongside the road? When you head out to lunch does the family of cats living behind the dumpster catch your eye? When you take your own dog out for that last walk before bedtime, do your thoughts drift to all those cats and dogs who know the pangs of hunger and who sleep with one ear up, if they are lucky enough to find somewhere to sleep at all? These are the kinds of problems the Animal Welfare Coalition addresses every day.

  • Mines takes 2 of first 3

    Colorado School of Mines found a way to contain New Mexico Highlands’ typically prolific offense over the weekend, holding the Cowboys to one run total over games one and three of their four-game set at Brandt Park.

    Highlands broke through for an 11-2 victory in the series’ second game.

    But the visiting Orediggers won Thursday’s opener 2-1 and Friday’s nightcap 3-0 to assure they’d leave Las Vegas with no worse than a split. The teams were to wrap the series on Saturday afternoon after this issue went to press.

  • A no-no for ‘Muma’

    Marissa “Muma” Cordova may as well have been chucking Easter eggs for the Pojoaque Elkettes to try to hit on Wednesday.

    The Elkettes couldn’t find a way to crack the code against the West Las Vegas softball ace, and West ended up with a 14-0 victory in the delayed third-place game of the St. Michael’s tournament.

    Cordova was credited with 12 strikeouts on her way to a no-hitter against Pojoaque. She came close to a flawless game, allowing just one baserunner via walk.

  • So long, Alford

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — UCLA hired Steve Alford as basketball coach on Saturday, luring him from New Mexico days after he signed a new 10-year deal with the Lobos.

    Athletic director Dan Guerrero said Alford is “the perfect fit for UCLA” because he connects with a new generation of players and brings an up-tempo and team-oriented style of play to Westwood.

  • Dennison edges Crespin

    Nohime Dennison emerged victorious in her third fight with Las Vegas super featherweight Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin, taking a majority decision on Friday night in Albuquerque.

    Two judges had Dennison winning the six-round match with tallies of 59-55 and 60-56. A third saw it as a 57-57 draw.

    All three fights between the two have been close, going down to decisions.

    Crespin falls to 7-5-1 as a pro. Dennison is 5-2-2.