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Today's News

  • Work of Art: This TV runs on kerosene

    “Please leave the humor to me.” I’ve used that line many times, especially toward my brother-in-law, Jeff Romero, a lawyer  who used to be the district attorney in Albuquerque.

    He’d start in with lawyer jokes (yes, lawyers know them all; they hear them, spread them, laugh at them and feel unloved if someone fails to tell a lawyer joke in their presence).

    One thing about Jeff, a man who has made quite a good living, was his reluctance to buy new stuff.

  • Highlands’ Mohr, Maupin honored

    At least in terms of New Mexico Highlands’ late-season and postseason run this spring, this was shades of Mantle and Maris.

  • Ortzow, Rael sign to continue at collegiate level

    Amanda Ortzow’s love of the octagon helped her decide to continue her distance running career at the collegiate level.

    The West Las Vegas senior has committed to attending and running for New Mexico Highlands University in cross country and track and field in 2011-12, she reported to the Optic this week.

    “I didn’t want to stop running — or fighting — after high school was over,” she said. “I love it too much.”

  • Barela to head Lady Panthers hoops

    Leroy Barela, who just finished guiding the Pecos High School track and field team to a host of medals at the Class 2A state championship meet, will be picking up an additional whistle this coming school year.

    Barela has been hired to take over the school’s girls’ basketball program, the coach said Saturday.

    Barela served as a top assistant to basketball programs at Class 3A West Las Vegas for four years. Before that, he coached two years at Valley Middle School.

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  • Mavericks, Thunder lead new West

    By Jaime Aron
    AP Sports Writer

    DALLAS — Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have been through so many playoff series, they would be good sources to discuss the prevailing themes in the Western Conference finals, like how valuable experience is at this stage and whether there’s such thing as too much rest between rounds.

    Only, Bryant and Duncan aren’t around. For just the second time since 1998, neither the Lakers nor the Spurs will represent the West in the NBA finals.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 18, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball

  • City Schools bracing for cuts

    The Las Vegas City Schools district is anticipating a budget cut of more than $1 million for the upcoming school year.

    The anticipated budget reduction is the result of state cuts to K-12 education, federal stimulus funding going away and a drop in special education students, school officials said during Thursday evening’s board work session.

    The school district’s current year operating budget $15.1 million. When grants and all other funding is added in, the district’s total budget for the current year is nearly $27 million.

  • Valdez visits Las Vegas
  • I made it!

    He has protected presidents and a former pope, met Nelson Mandela and other world leaders and traveled the world.

    “If a small town kid like me with a couple of degrees from Highlands University can stand with the president of the United States of America and work in the White House keeping this country safe, anything is possible,” said Hector Hernandez, an El Paso, Texas, native and 19-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service.