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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 12, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. This week’s theme is Toy Story’s Woody with a craft stick door hanger as this week’s project. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • New chief named at Highlands

    A former head of the Las Vegas Police Department has been named chief of Highlands University’s police and security department.
     

    Donato Sena, 61, brings 40 years of law enforcement experience to his new position.
     

    Sena, a Las Vegas native, started his career with Las Vegas as a
    patrol officer in 1971, rising through the ranks to commander of
    criminal investigations before being appointed police chief in 1983.

    He served as chief until his retirement from the PD in 1991.
     

  • City’s museum sports rich, varied history

    Las Vegas has lost some of its historic landmarks — the Duncan Opera House, Springer Hall, Castle Junior High and others — but the story of the original Las Vegas is intact in all its glory in photographs and artifacts at the Rough Rider Museum.  

    Those who want to see who passed through town in 1857, get to know a cowboy ghost, find out the real story behind Storrie lake, or learn what happened when the railroad arrived, have a remarkable museum staff available to assist visitors and researchers in accessing resource materials.

  • Proposal could cut employees’ take-home pay

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Educators and state workers would see a drop in take-home pay next year under a budget-balancing proposal by a legislative committee that would require public employees to contribute more to their pensions while the state cuts its share by $50 million.

  • Police seek to understand gunman’s motivation

    TUCSON, Ariz. — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remained heavily sedated and in critical condition Sunday as investigators sought to understand what motivated a gunman to carry out an assassination attempt on the Democratic lawmaker in a rampage that killed six people.

    University Medical Center spokeswoman Darci Slaten told The Associated Press that Giffords underwent a two-hour surgery Saturday and has not been conscious since the shooting. She said more information will be released at a news conference in which one of the doctors who operated on Giffords plans to speak.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 10, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES

  • Noticias-Jan. 10, 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.

  • Dons wrestlers 3rd at St. Mike’s

    Six West Las Vegas wrestlers placed in the top four of their divisions to lead the Dons to a third-place finish Saturday at the St. Michael’s tournament.

    The team finish is the highest at least in recent memory for West Las Vegas. Thirteen teams participated in the two-day event held at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe.

    Host St. Mike’s won the tourney, followed by Roswell Goddard, WLV and Tucumcari.

    Brandon Maddux (112 lbs.) and Jayvis Medrano (171) both went 3-1 and didn’t lose until the finals.

  • Final play sinks Redbirds

    James Thornton scored five points in the final minute — including an old-fashioned three-point play with 10 seconds remaining — to lift Socorro past No. 4 Robertson 49-48 on Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Cardinals, playing in their home gym for the first time this season, found themselves playing catch-up throughout, thanks to a first-half barrage of three-point baskets by Warrior guards Zach Esquivel and Jared Marquez.

    Socorro led 22-15 through one period after going up by as much as nine.

  • No. 3 FLC grounds Cowgirls

    Highlands hung in there a while, playing close with the undefeated, No. 3 nationally ranked Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team for most of the first half Friday evening in Durango, Colo.

    Then the Skyhawk women (13-0, 8-0) took flight in doubling their visitors up 66-33.
    NMHU (5-11, 2-8) led twice, 2-0 and 4-3, and as late as the 5:58 mark in the first half, the Cowgirls trailed by a mere single-digit margin. China Smith’s fast break layup made it a 20-14 game with 7:27 to go before halftime.