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Today's News

  • Cops need help finding missing kids

    The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating two young children.

    A missing persons report was filed Saturday for Grace Lucero Montoya, who is 5 months old, and Mary Lucero Montoya who is almost 2, said Deputy Sheriff Roy Pacheco. He said the two appear to have been taken by their mother, who does not have custody.

  • Que Pasa - March 18, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Las Vegas Senior Center Improvement Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 18 at 500 Sabino Street. The improvements will include a new flagpole, automatic water closet flush valves and faucets and, with the push of a button, automatic restroom doors. In addition, the existing fenced vehicle area will be covered with a metal roof, adding to ease of operation and overnight vehicle security. The Daily Congregate Meal will be sponsored by the Mayor’s Community Initiative Fund. For more information, call 454-1401.

  • Noticias - March 18, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Justin J. Roper Memorial Scholarship applications are available. The scholarship is open to West Las Vegas seniors. Applications are now available at the West Las Vegas High School counselor’s office. Application deadline is April 29.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! RISING CRISES. If you think Japan is far, far away, ask around — the connections between the Land of the Rising Sun and our own shores is stronger than its ever been. That’s why the triple threat of earthquake, tsunami and radiation exposure hits so close to home for so many Americans.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to this nation. Hopefully the radiation will be contained and the aftershocks will soon subside.

  • Another Perspective: Dispatch from Japan

    I can’t think about the future, I can only concentrate on each second. I don’t know what is going to happen.

    I’m on alert for the next warning of an earthquake, tsunami, and explosion. I’m worried about the situation with the nuclear plants. A lot of people are panicking and stocking up on basic necessities. There are a lot of empty shelves at the stores.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of the Old Town Plaza

    Resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk has done painstaking and meticulous research into the original layout and early development of the Old Town Plaza. In 2001, he first published Pioneer Merchants of the Las Vegas Plaza, a work that includes the development of the Plaza from its settlement through the territorial period.

  • Orgullo del Norte - ‘El Tigre,’ Reies Lopez Tijerina

    “Tijerina was truly the right person, in the right place, at the right time.”
    — Maurilio Vigil, historian

    As a young boy I recall a monument being erected at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces. It was a sculpture representing Native Americans. This event stuck with me because of a comment my father made as we drove by.

    “First they commit genocide on them, and then they build monuments in memory of them,” he said.

  • Bradley resigns at RHS

    The Aunna Bradley era of Robertson girls’ basketball came to a close Wednesday with Bradley’s resignation from her coaching position.

    Bradley did not elaborate on why she has stepped down, but she confirmed she had submitted her resignation, ending a nearly decade-long run with the Lady Cardinals.

    Robertson’s girls earned multiple state tournament appearances under Bradley’s guidance.

  • Cage fights here Friday night

    Arturo “Tutti” Padilla, who was a multi-sport star at Robertson High in the 1990s, will headline “Vegas Fight Night,” an evening of mixed martial arts Friday at the Night Owl.

    Tickets are $20 general admission, $30 reserved and $50 cage-side; they’ll be sold at the door. For advance ticket information, fans may call 426-6191.

    Doors at the Night Owl will open at 6 p.m., with the first fights starting around 7.

    Padilla is slated to battle Fernando Rivera of Taos in the main event.

  • Lady Dons’ strong start not enough

    Big hits. Solid pitching. Stingy defense.  

    West Las Vegas’ softball team seemingly had all the ingredients for an important win Tuesday at Pojoaque Valley.

    For a while, all those ingredients came together.

    Then, one by one, they dissipated — and the host Elkettes pulled out a 9-8 win to finish a 9-2 rally over the last two and a half innings.