Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 9, 2012

    Forums for runoff election this week

    Highlands University’s political science department is sponsoring question-and-answer sessions for the mayoral and council candidates running in the April 17 runoffs. The Ward 3 session will be this coming Tuesday. The mayoral session will be this coming Thursday. Both begin at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands’ Sininger Hall, room 100.

  • Weather - April 9, 2012

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • Alternative radio founder to speak at UWC-USA

    Submitted to the Optic

    David Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio, will speak on how language is used in American politics and how we must understand the new media landscape in order to differentiate between truth and fabrication.

    Co-sponsored by UWC-USA, Cultural Energy, Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center, and Casa de Cultura, the presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 9 in the Sasakawa Center. It is free and open to the public.

  • Que Pasa - April 9, 2012

    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees April Meeting, 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 9 at the Plaza Hotel Conservatory. Program will include: updates on arranging to meet with school districts on pension and pre-retirement issues and on the planning for the 2012 NMAER State Convention. Call Tomás at 575-421-2455.

  • An attractive proposal

    It’s hard to see anything wrong with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to establish a new wildlife refuge and conservation area in Mora, San Miguel and Colfax counties.

    • It will provide and secure a great habitat for migratory birds and other natural resources in the area.

    • It will not force neighboring landowners to sell their land or enter into conservation easements; instead, it will allow them to continue using their land for grazing and agriculture as the area enjoys extra protections.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 9, 2012
  • Work of Art - Highlands’ big event

    Volunteerism is alive and well in Las Vegas. Just ask Sharon Caballero.
    Several months ago, she set out to create a celebration of Jim Fries’ five years as president of Highlands University. A former Highlands president herself who now runs the university’s foundation, she saw it as an opportunity to celebrate a lot of accomplishments under Fries and to raise money for a good and timely cause — scholarships.

  • Lady Dons split with No. 1 Rams

    Ranked third in the state among Class 3A softball teams, West Las Vegas went toe to toe with the No. 1 Portales Rams on Thursday and came away with a mostly satisfying split.

    Lady Don errors proved costly in a 10-4 game one loss. After spotting Portales a 2-0 lead in the first inning, West came back and pulled within one.

    But miscues allowed the Rams to pull away.

    WLV ace Marrissa Cordova struck out 10 and held Portales to three hits but allowed five walks.

  • West sweeps Sundevils in dramatic style

    “Maybe the baseball gods are finally starting to smile down on us,” shrugged West Las Vegas coach Dean Gallegos after his team pulled off a dramatic 5-4 comeback win in extra innings against Class 4A Española Valley on Thursday afternoon.

    The Dons, who also went on to a messy 9-1 win over the Sundevils in game two of a doubleheader at WLV Field, are rated ninth in the state as they prepare to meet up again with crosstown rival Robertson this Tuesday.

  • Isotopes open 10th season

    Albuquerque Isotopes

    If the Opening Day roster is any indication, the 2012 Albuquerque Isotopes are shaping up to be an offensive juggernaut, with established Triple-A sluggers Jerry Sands and Trent Oeltjen combining with up-and-coming stars Scott Van Slyke and Alex Castellanos, among others, for one of the most prodigious Opening Day offenses in team history.