Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 14, 2012

    East board meeting is Tuesday

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board will meet at 5 p.m. this Tuesday at the Central Office board room, located on Douglas Avenue. Among the items to be covered is the proposal to move the district to a four-day school week next year.

  • Weather - May 14, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.Isolated showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 48.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 51.

  • Graduation Luncheon
  • Que Pasa - May 14, 2012

    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District meeting, 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15 at the U.S. Forest Service Building. For more information, cal 425-9088.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “    Thomas and Percy and the Dragon” based on the Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry. Free and open to the public.

  • Slow down on the 4 days

    Moving to a four-day classroom schedule in the Las Vegas City School District is an easy sale to most students — they’d love to enjoy a three-day weekend. Moreover, we suspect that most teachers also like the idea, since it would give them a day for training, planning and collaborating.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 14, 2012
  • Editor's Note - School daze in May

    May is always a crazy month. The end of a school year can come at a dizzying speed for a lot of people.

    Now comes a big question about how best to shape the 2012-13 school year in the Las Vegas City Schools district.

    Of course I’m talking about East Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s proposal to move the district from a five-day-a-week classroom schedule to four days, with Fridays set aside for teachers to improve their skills and some miscellaneous student activities, including tutoring and various extracurricular activities.

  • State title repeat for Gurule

    West Las Vegas junior Danielle Gurule earned her second consecutive Class 3A state championship in the girls’ discus, beating her nearest competitor by 8 feet, 3 inches, on Friday at UNM Track Stadium.

    Gurule had a throw of 108 feet, defeating runner-up Haley Gansz of Raton (99-9).

  • Lady Dons, Cards put up fight at state

    A ferocious seven-run rally in the sixth inning enabled Portales to overcome West Las Vegas on Friday in the Class 3A state softball tournament, and the Lady Dons were eliminated by a 9-6 score.

    WLV finished 22-7.

    Beginning with Montanna Martinez’s two-run homer to start the game, the third-seeded Lady Dons had held the lead most of the way against the top-seeded Rams.

  • Cowboys go 2-2 in league tournament

    On the heels of another deep run in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, the Highlands baseball team awaited an invitation to continue its season in the NCAA Division II Central Regionals.

    The NCAA was to announce regional matchups on Sunday. (Check Wednesday’s Optic for details).

    NMHU’s resumé includes a 39-14 overall record, including a 3-2 record against nationally ranked Colorado Mesa.