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Today's News

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Tribes fear loss of sacred sites

    By P. Solomon Banda
    Associated Press

    SANTA CLARA PUEBLO — A mammoth wildfire raging in northern New Mexico is threatening sacred sites of American Indian tribes, after it forced thousands to evacuate from a town and shut a major nuclear lab.

    Hundreds of firefighters were working Sunday to contain the 195-square-mile fire as it burned through a canyon on the Santa Clara Pueblo reservation and threatened other pueblos on the Pajarito Plateau.

  • Fiesta royalty
  • Que Pasa - July 4, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • 2011 Fourth of July Fiestas festivities including live music and other entertainment continue until 6 p.m. at Plaza Park.

    • Camel Rock Casino has postponed its fireworks display and all outdoor events until fire danger subsides.

    • The Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. It will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5.

  • The better side of the U.S.A.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 4, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Independent Las Vegas

    Forgive me if I’m being presumptuous, but I just can’t help feeling part of this town’s historical identity, and I’m here to say that Las Vegas is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July.     

    You want patriotism? We’ve got it in droves. Las Vegas has always provided more than its fair share of fighters of our wars, believers in our causes, and doers for our ideals. We’ve got veterans and peaceniks, each of them standing for what they love about our country, sometimes standing as one and the same.

  • NBA locks out players

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — No free agency now, maybe no games later.

    The NBA lockout claimed a quick casualty in Day 1, when the free agency period did not open as usual on July 1.

    Games eventually could be lost, too, if owners and players can’t make progress whenever they start talking again.

    “It’s going to get ugly. I’ve already been on the record saying I don’t think they’re going to play at all next season,” Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley said Friday.

  • Hackers win Taos tourney

    Bouncing back from a rare defeat, the Benavidez Construction Hackers got quick revenge against the Santa Fe Paramount team in the championship games of the 12th Annual Budweiser Tournament held June 25-26 in Taos.

    The tournament was a USSSA Class D-sanctioned event that featured 16 men’s slow-pitch softball teams in a double-elimination bracket.

  • Cowgirls host hoops camp

    New Mexico Highlands University women’s basketball team is inviting local prep basketball players to attend the Cowgirl Skills Academy.

    This advanced instructional camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7-9 at the Wilson Complex. Cost is $100, which includes a camp T-shirt and lunch. The NMHU athletics Web site includes a link to the registration form for the Cowgirl Skills Academy.

    NMHU head coach Tiffany Darling, who recently led a team camp for high school girls’ squads, said the upcoming clinic will help players in various ways.