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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - July 1, 2013

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    • San Miguel County Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. Offices will re-open on Friday, July 5.
    • Las Vegas Optic offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and will re-open at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 5.
    • The reunion of the band Cascabel, 8 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, July 4 at El Rialto Patio Ballroom. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call 426-9429.

  • Equal rights for all

    The U.S. Supreme Court made history last week with a pair of decisions on same-sex marriage that left gay rights advocates celebrating.

  • Another Perspective - Growing up in the Bell mansion

    In the June 7 Optic, Jesus Lopez wrote about Nuestra Historia, Part 1, and included a photo of a house built by a former slave named Montgomery Bell, who left Missouri and came to Las Vegas in 1867.
    Mr. Bell built a 10-room mansion that was located where Hot Springs Boulevard intersects with Bernalillo Street. Thanks to Mr. Lopez’s historical contributions, I immediately recognized the house where my grandparents lived. I have no doubt that many people in Las Vegas remember this house.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 1, 2013
  • Heat wave
  • Robbers go fishing

    Chris Wilson’s return to the Las Vegas Train Robbers paid quick dividends Saturday night in Alamogordo.

    Wilson hit 3 for 5, including one home run, with two runs batted in, and Ted LeMasters also homered for Las Vegas in a 9-6 victory at White Sands.

    Earlier this season, Wilson became the first Train Robber to earn a promotion to a higher pro league, the Frontier, and the Normal (Ill.) Cornbelters.

    John Hotta and Andrew Lopez joined Wilson as batters with three hits for Vegas. LeMasters notched three RBI.

  • Crespin wins decision

    The sequel had some different twists than the original, it’s true, but the final result was the same.

    Las Vegas’ Arturo “El Toro” Crespin dominated in a rematch victory over Jose Cruz Garcia on Friday night, part of Chavez Promotions’ “Aztec Warriors” professional boxing card at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
    This time, Crespin defeated Garcia in a six-round unanimous decision, winning 60-54 on one judge’s scorecard and 59-55 according to the other two.

  • True loyalty rare

    Loyalty? Hmmm! Is there such a thing as loyalty in professional sports today? But what is loyalty then as compared to now? Let’s examine this thought by discussing the then and now.

    Back THEN, shall we say in the ‘50s to ’90s, loyalty meant a person who played with the same team throughout his or her career. NOW loyalty has a different term, meaning money or a person who is loyal to the team he or she is with today, gone tomorrow. Loyalty also rears its head in other ways, as we will examine.

  • VANISHED - Family’s search for answers continues

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    With the one year anniversary of her niece’s disappearance looming Deddie Rivera is anticipating it with dread and perhaps just a little bit of hope.

    “We’re never going to give up trying to find her,” she says of her 20-year-old niece, Cindy Rivera. “And if keeping her face out there finally leads us to her, then it will have all been worth it.”

  • Supreme Court gives gay marriage historic boost

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — In a historic day for gay rights, the Supreme Court gave the nation’s legally married gay couples equal federal footing with all other married Americans on Wednesday and also cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.