Today's News

  • Weather - April 2, 2012

    Scattered showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Windy, with a northwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Rain showers likely before midnight, then snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 31. Windy, with a north wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.


  • Philip Glass, John Gibson will perform at UWC

    Submitted to the Optic

    United World College-USA announced a special performance featuring Philip Glass and Jon Gibson at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday in the Kluge Auditorium.

    The concert is free and open to the public.

  • Que Pasa - April 2, 2012

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico is raffling a red 2010 Chevrolet Camaro with black leather seats and Pirelli tires. Tickets are $100 each. Drawing takes place on Tuesday, April 3. Call 426-8510 or 426-7594.

  • A dubious ordinance

    As the Las Vegas City Council moves closer to passing proposed Ordinance 12-06, titled the Las Vegas Community Water Rights and Local Self Government Ordinance, let’s take a closer look at it. In our opinion, it’s a statement more than a law.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 2, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Witching for water

    I first heard about them in the Appalachia Mountain region of Eastern Kentucky — “diviners” they were called there. And last week, one of them — a native of Trujillo who now lives in Las Vegas, came to see me.

    Salvadore Higgins said he’s been “witching” for water since the late 1970s. His ability to find underground water veins by walking around with a wire in his hand must be a God-given talent, he said. And, indeed, there is no conclusive scientific explanation for what he does.

  • Highlands bounces back vs. Mesa

    A meeting with their arch-rivals apparently was enough to stoke the Highlands Cowboys’ competitive fire — and burn away the memory of last weekend’s losses at CSU-Pueblo.

    The Cowboys won two of their first three games against Colorado Mesa over the weekend in a triumphant return to Brandt Park. The visiting Mavericks came into the weekend series ranked 23rd in NCAA Division II baseball.

  • MMS Track Invite
  • Lady Dons sweep Grants

    All phases of the game are clicking for the West Las Vegas softball team, which engineered a lopsided sweep at Class 4A Grants this past Thursday.

    The 14-2 and 19-1 wins followed a dominant three-game performance by the Lady Dons in the recent St. Michael’s Invitational.

    “We’re hitting the ball really well,” said WLV coach Lucas Griego. “We’ve got five girls hitting .600 or better, and against Grants I think we hit over .600 as a team.”

    Close enough. The Lady Dons went 41 for 69 combined in the doubleheader.

  • Final Four: Kansas, Kentucky advance

    By Nancy Armour
    AP National Writer

    NEW ORLEANS  — Well, this matchup is going to look familiar.

    John Calipari and his Kentucky juggernaut will face Kansas for the national championship on Monday night. That would be the same school that beat Memphis in overtime for the NCAA title in 2008, back when Calipari was coaching the Tigers.

    It also would be the same Kansas team that the Wildcats beat back in November.