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Today's News

  • Adams grapplers prevail

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboy wrestling team lost a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference home dual Friday night 33-15 to Adams State.

    The Cowboys’ points came from two forfeits in the 141 and 149 weight classes and  Travis Saxon’s 3-2 victory at 165. The Cowboys fell to 0-4 in the RMAC and 0-5 in overall dual competition.

    The meet started at the 125-pound class as Cowboy Joshua Christopher lost 10-2 to Adam State’s Jerry Huff. In the next match at 133, Donovan Troup lost by a score of 12-5.

  • Noticias - Feb. 2, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 2, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING &
    ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR  

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 31, 2011

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR  

  • ‘A calling’

    For Christian Montaño, it’s a lot more than a job.

    “Being a police officer is a calling more than a career,” the new chief of police for Las Vegas said. “For me, going through the ranks was a calling, to be a police officer but also to become chief. … I was offered the (chief’s) job years ago, but I declined, not really for personal reasons but for the good of the department. I wasn’t ready at that time.”

  • School board election information


    LAS VEGAS CITY SCHOOLS

    Candidates

    Position 3: Felix Alderete, Sandra Madrid, Carlos Perea
    Position 4: Gloria Lovato-Pacheco, Eric Cummings, Mark A. Montoya
    Position 5: Ricky Serna, Patrick Romero (i), Stephanie Salazar

    POLLING PLACES

    PRECINCTS 2, 5, 6, 14A AND 25 – CARNEGIE LIBRARY
    PRECINCTS 4, 11, 12, 27 AND 28 – MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
    PRECINCTS 1 AND 7 – DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
    PRECINCTS 9 AND 10 – MIKE MATEO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  • 17 candidates on ballots for school board

    Seventeen candidates, including four incumbents, are running for six positions in the two Las Vegas school districts — and Tuesday is decision day.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 11 precincts for this year’s school board elections in the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City school districts.

    San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera said last week that while absentee and early voting, which ended Friday, have been relatively slow, she’s expecting a strong turnout in both districts.

  • All for literacy

    Kids and parents who didn’t make it to the third annual Literacy Fair at the Las Vegas recreation center Saturday missed a lot of fun stuff.

    Those who did attend the the event got to put puzzles together, draw pictures, act and, of course read (and be read to). Plus, they got freebies like pencils, pens, key chains and children’s books.   

    Memorial Middle School sixth-grader Emilio Martinez and North Star third-grader Jose Ortiz liked seeing their names elaborately written in Chinese and Korean by students at the United World College booth.

  • A good day to vote

    In 2007, not long after this newspaper broke a story about an adults-only party thrown with West Las Vegas School District money, voters decided to change the leadership by electing three newcomers to the school board. Of the three open positions in that election, two incumbents seeking re-election were thrown out and three challengers — Gary Gold, Caroline Lopez and Kenny Lujan — were voted in, and a new majority took hold.

  • Publisher’s Note: Civility and passion

    All this “return to civility” chatter since the wake of the Arizona massacre, which left six people dead and a congresswoman with brain damage, is a good thing. It’s about time we re-learned civility in our national discourse.

    I realize it wasn’t hate-filled rhetoric that led to that shooting, it was a mentally deranged schizophrenic. But if that Arizona sheriff, who spoke from the heart about how the rhetoric contributed, caused the nation to tone down its hostilities toward one another, then maybe something good will have come out of it all.