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Today's News

  • New arrival
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FREE FLICKS. It’s not just a passing contribution to community life, Highlands University has been offering free movies at Ilfeld Auditorium for couple of years now. It’s just that the Optic has finally gotten around to featuring it on the front page of our paper. It’s about time we gave it a big thumbs up, too.

  • Dulcey Amargo: The issue of social promotion

    We’re all familiar with the phrase, “Biting off more than we can chew.” For the past few weeks I’ve been mulling over that concept, but finally decided to share my viewpoint on the issue prompted by Gov. Susana Martinez and the effort to end social promotion.

    First, let me say that I’m not omniscient; then let me say that a good portion of my career, from 1968 to 2010, was focused upon literacy education as well as developmental education.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of Old Town Plaza, Part 2

    This is the second of two articles which I invited from resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk, who has done extensive primary research concerning the development of the Old Town Plaza. As noted in our previous entry, in 2001 Marcus published Pioneer Merchants of the Old Town Plaza, and we appreciate his contribution to this column.

    By Marcus C. Gottschalk
    Contributor

  • Orgullo del Norte - ‘Tiny’ Martinez and the Brown Berets

    “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
    — Elie Wiesel

    Desperate people have desperate ways. Many groups of color were organized during the 1960s and 70s. The Black Panthers, AIM (American Indian Movement), and the Brown Berets (Chicanos) were the three largest.

    Their common cause had to do with Civil Rights and poverty.

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  • Que Pasa - March 25, 2011

    FRIDAY VIERNES
    • A low-cost, dog and cat shot clinic will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday to Sunday, March 25-27 at the West Las Vegas Middle School Gym. Rabies and Distemper shots are available for $10 per shot. Microchipping is available for $16. No appointment necessary. Also, drop off any donations of unopened cans and bags of dog and cat/puppy and kitten food for the Pet Food Pantry. Volunteers are also needed to help with this clinic. Contact 305-479-3618 to volunteer or for more information.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Noticias - March 25, 2011

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

    • The Justin J. Roper Memorial Scholarship applications are available. The scholarship is open to West Las Vegas seniors. Applications are now available at the West Las Vegas High School counselor’s office. Application deadline is April 29.

  • WLV track meet is Saturday

    Track and field season returns to the Meadow City on Saturday morning with West Las Vegas High’s home invitational.

    Recent WLV home meets have had athletes brave cold temperatures and chilly winds, but they’ve also produced some state-qualifying times for participants.

    While Saturday’s forecast at the Herrera Complex is partly cloudy with a high of 62, teams are hoping for more of those strong performances, regardless of conditions.

  • Cowgirls hang tough but fall to rival Zias

    Eastern New Mexico’s softball team had just a little more Tuesday in a non-conference doubleheader sweep of New Mexico Highlands at Cowgirl Field.

    The Zias improved to 8-20, while their instate rivals fell to 6-21.

    ENMU pitchers Erin Roufosse and Amanda Lale combined to hold Highlands to seven hits in an 8-4 win in Tuesday’s game one.

    NMHU didn’t let the game get away, answering every Zia charge except the last — three unanswered runs in the top of the sixth inning.