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Today's News

  • NMHU media arts student’s book published

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts student Shanea Strachan’s book about her spiritual journey following her father’s death was published and released June 4.

    Strachan, 21, started writing as a child, with her pieces ranging from poetry to screenplays. When her  father died suddenly in December 2010, the Freeport, Bahamas native turned her attention to an intensely personal story about moving forward after tragedy.

  • A painful necessity

    It’s no secret that Las Vegas City Schools has struggled with its finances for years.

    This past school year, the district implemented furloughs and even switched to a four-day school week to help balance its budget.

    Clearly, those half measures didn’t work, given that the district was facing a nearly $1.1 million deficit just a few months ago.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 24, 2013
  • Another Perspective - Acequias in our community

    Many readers of the Optic are aware that the acequias (irrigation ditches) in the Gallinas River Basin are involved in a legal struggle over water with the city of Las Vegas. It is a struggle that has been going on for more than 50 years.

  • Orioles flying high

    In the final Little League game to be played in the Meadow City in 2013, the Red Sox almost conjured enough magic for another championship, but it was ultimately the Orioles’ turn to soar.

    Capping a day of competitive, entertaining finals in the Las Vegas Little League, the Orioles held on to edge the Sox 16-15 in front of a few hundred fans Friday night at Keyes Park.

  • Baseball contest just for youngsters

    Nearly two dozen local youngsters took part in a weeklong competition testing their baseball skills and putting them on display.

    The Las Vegas Recreation Department, in conjunction with the local Chamber of Commerce and the Las Vegas Train Robbers, sponsored the Hit, Run and Throw contest for boys and girls age 9-12. The contest opened with a qualifying round June 15 at Keyes Park and progressed through two subsequent rounds and finals, all during Train Robbers games at Rodriguez Park. The finals were set for Sunday after this issue went to press.

  • Heat is on: Miami wins in seven

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Basketball Writer

  • Kemp begins rehab stint with Isotopes

    Tagged with their second straight loss Friday — after seven consecutive wins — the Albuquerque Isotopes nonetheless are feeling all right.
    Albuquerque, which fell 7-6 in the series finale at Omaha, has the services of Matt Kemp in time for its home series vs. Memphis.
    Kemp is in the Duke City as part of a rehab assignment. The Dodgers’ two-time Gold Glove winner, All-Star and Silver Slugger is battling back from a strained hamstring. He’s hitting .251 in the majors this season, with two home runs and 17 runs batted in over 51 games.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 24, 2013

    Monday
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Summer League games; men’s division: Blaze vs. Brew Crew, 7:15 p.m., Yo Momma vs. Havoc, 8:30 p.m.; women’s division: Lady Warriors vs. Budweiser, 6 p.m.; city softball complex

  • Kryptonite triumphs in Taos

    With two wins on the road at Taos on Thursday,  the Las Vegas Kryptonite improved to 9-3 on the season. The team is coached by Shannon Aragon with assistants Nicholas Aragon and Art Mondragon.