Today's News

  • Looking Back - March 20, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, March 22 — About 30 members of the “D” Battery National Guard have planned to hike 50 miles, beginning early Sunday morning. The men represent each of the three platoons of the battery. They will meet at Camp Luna at 9 p.m. Saturday and move to the departure point at 1 a.m. Sunday. The hike will begin three miles beyond Wagon Mound and the guardsmen plan to complete their hike back to Las Vegas by 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 20, 2013

    Eleven-sees at the museum
    Mariano Ulibarri will be discussing art, technology, Hacker Scouts, the Parachute Factory and the revival of tintypes at 11 a.m. Saturday at the city of Las Vegas Museum. After the lecture a drawing will be held for one of five tintype sessions that will be given away by the Friends of the Museum. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - March 20, 2013

    Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph.

    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Breezy.


  • Artist John Noltner to speak at World College

    Submitted to the Optic

    Award-winning photographer, author, and peace advocate John Noltner will speak from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at United World College-USA in the Kluge Auditorium.

    Noltner will share stories about peace activists and will facilitate conversation about how individuals can work for peace in their communities

    His talk will include a presentation of his project, a book reading, and a question-and-answer dialogue followed by a signing for his book,  A Peace of My Mind: Exploring the Meaning of Peace One Story at a Time.

  • Que Pasa - March 20, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 20 in the children’s area of the pubic library. This week’s book is “It’s Spring” by Linda Glaser. Free and open to the public.


  • Free enterprise prevails

    It’s getting to where Washington D.C.’s manufactured crises are becoming so commonplace that they’re barely cause for concern anymore. Witness the so-called sequester, which began March 1 to a whole lot of media noise while the general public slept through it.

    Despite President Obama’s cries of wolf — calling the sequester a disaster, though that simply didn’t happen — the U.S. economy chugged along en route to a bona fide recovery for reasons having nothing to do with a dysfunctional U.S. government.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 20, 2013
  • Work of Art - Adding s’s to our yes’es

    The first thing I reach for in reading a newspaper is the opinion section. And when going online, to read other newspapers, I click until the editorials, columns and letters to the editor show up.

    In short, I luuuuve to read other people’s opinions. But that (reading others’ opinions) comes with a price: namely fighting my urge to correct people’s spelling, grammar and punctuation. Often, I miss the points others make because I’m too busy chasing commas, run-on sentences and words that dangle.

  • Sacrifices help Cowboy sluggers win

    Punctuating the game with the big inning they’d been looking for, the Highlands baseball team defeated Metro State 7-2 Sunday and ended up with a split of the four-game weekend series at Brandt Park.

    The Cowboys and head coach Steve Jones improved to 14-7 overall and 10-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Josh McMahon, Highlands’ third baseman, drove in four runs and went 4 for 5 at the plate in one of the better individual efforts of the season to date.

  • B.J. Gonzales hoops fest begins Friday

    March Madness isn’t just about high school or college basketball. It’s also about the 11th annual B.J. Gonzales Tournament, to be held Friday through Sunday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Spectators are welcome.

    The tournament is a 12-team double-elimination format bracket and brings to town some of the most competitive recreational hoops available in the region.