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Today's News

  • Some cars damaged by hail

    Las Vegas has had a couple of hailstorms in recent weeks.

    While it appears that most cars haven’t sustained any damage as a result, some have, according to insurance companies.

    Representatives of Progressive and GEICO insurance companies have called the Optic in recent days to say they’re receiving claims for hail damage to cars.

    The hailstorms occurred on May 27 and June 6. A representative of Geico said that most of the claims are coming from Las Vegas’ north side.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    La Plaza games take place at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street; Las Vegas games at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    FRIday, June 11

    Las Vegas minors: Mariners 4, Dodgers 3

    SATURday, June 12

    La Plaza majors: A’s 7, Angels 6 (A’s Jordan Martinez homered to center); Dodgers 10, Cubs 0

  • Editorial: A blight along I-25

    Some Las Vegans might not even be aware of it. Those who enter or leave town via one of the Interstate 25 ramps on the north or south end of town don’t always have the opportunity to take in the view.

    The “view,” courtesy of local junkmeister Tony Ortega, is an unmitigated blight on the community. It besmirches all that a great many people hold dear; it taints the last vestiges of community pride in helping create an attractive community.

  • RMAC survey: CCU tops in sportsmanship

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  The Cougars of Colorado Christian University won their third straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Cup, announced earlier this month by RMAC Commissioner Joel R. Smith. This is the fourth year of the RMAC Sportsmanship Cup. University of Nebraska at Kearney won the inaugural Sportsmanship Cup in 2006-07.

  • East to shuffle principals

    For the second year in a row, the Las Vegas City Schools will see a shuffling of principals.

    The changes were unveiled in an interview with Superintendent Rick Romero last week.

    The highest-profile change will be the promotion of Manuel Lucero to serve as principal of Memorial Middle School. Previously, he had been the principal of Sierra Vista Elementary. Over the last few years, he has served as a principal in both the East and West school districts.

    Leslie Damon will remain the assistant principal at Memorial.

  • Hackers hot in Jalapeno softball tournament

    Adult softball teams around the state are learning what those in the Meadow City already know — the Las Vegas Hackers are pretty darn tough.

    The team, which competes in the City of Las Vegas adult league, won the recent U.S. Slowpitch Softball Association’s “Jalapeño Popper” tournament in Albuquerque.

    The Hackers went 5-1 in the double-elimination event, defeating a strong Evolve Fitness group in the second of two meetings that decided the championship.

  • Top Mora school official gets pay hike

    A top Mora school district official is getting a raise because he is taking on extra duties, an official said last week.

    For the fiscal year starting July 1, Roger Gonzales, the district’s director of institutional support and advancement, will see his pay increase from $71,000 a year to $79,000, said Joseph Griego, chairman of the Mora school board.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    La Plaza games take place at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street; Las Vegas games at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    WEDNESday, June 9

    Las Vegas majors: Rockies 17, Giants 16; Red Sox 2, Yankees 0

    La Plaza majors: Cubs 14, Angels 8

    La Plaza minors: Cubs 15, Giants 1

    THURSday, June 10

    La Plaza majors: Yankees 10, Rockies 0

  • Firefighters work on fire in Tecolote area

    Extreme fire behavior and high winds throughout the day made it unsafe for firefighters to get containment of the Tecolote fire on Saturday, state officials said.

    Large smoke plumes were visible since Saturday morning, which made it hard to adequately size up the fire, officials said.   

    The use of airtankers was halted due to strong winds, but a Type 1 helicopter continued to make water drops.

    No structures were immediately threatened and no evacuations were ordered.  

  • Letter: Community efforts being punished

    I would like to start this by expressing my heartfelt gratitude to a young man, who literally gave the shirt off his back for someone else.

    On June 2, at approximately 1:40 a.m., James Montoya Jr. saw the awning in front of my building in flames. He turned his car around and went back to help. He tried to douse the fire by using his drink, but when that didn’t work he took the shirt off his back and put it out. Nervously he dialed 911.