Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 28, 2013

    East School Board forum Jan. 30

    A candidate forum has been scheduled for Las Vegas City Schools Board candidates for the Feb. 5 election. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the city schools board room, 901 Douglas Ave. Contact Charlene Jiron, in the superintendent’s office at 454-5702, for more information.

  • Weather - Jan. 28, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

  • Violence-prevention program promotes stalking awareness

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Campus Violence Prevention Program is marking national Stalking Awareness Month in January by reaching out to students.

    The national theme is “Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop It.” The violence prevention program has used its Facebook page, No Violence HU, for numerous posts to raise awareness and share resources for stalking. Posters are also on display around campus.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 28, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Substitute Groundhog“ by Pat Miller. Free and open to the public.

    • The West Las Vegas High School Class of 2003 will have a 10-year reunion planing meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Rye Lounge. For more information call Francisco Sanchez at 429-4437 or Elizabeth Garcia at 718-9117.


  • Noticias - Jan. 28, 2013

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

  • Shame on the EPA

    Did you catch the Associated Press story out of Weatherford, Texas, on Page 2 of our Jan. 21 edition? It’s a frightening story for anyone who lives near a hydraulic fracturing operation, partly because of the potential contamination to their water supply, but also because it suggests that you can’t trust the government to stand firm and do its job even when the health and safety of your family is at stake.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 28, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Coming down the Gallinas

    If you’ve never attended one of the quarterly Gallinas Partnership meetings at Highlands University, I encourage you to do so. I attended my first one a couple of Fridays back — admittedly because I was on the agenda — and found it interesting and educational.

    About 50 people showed up for this particular meeting, which included four sets of speakers beginning with wildlife officials Rob Larrañaga and Debbie Pike talking about the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge east of town and the relatively new Rio Mora refuge in Mora County.

  • Too close for comfort

    Celeste Trujillo hit two game-tying free throws with nine seconds left, and teammate Deanna Bustos swished the game-winners with :02 on the clock Friday night, lifting West Las Vegas (14-5) past Raton 54-52 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    As time expired, Raton’s Brylee Medina hurled a desperation shot that just missed, banking off the rim.

    By holding off the Lady Tigers, West averted what could’ve been a disastrous loss in District 2-3A play. The Lady Dons also found a way to gain a happy ending to a generally miserable contest for them.

  • Dons bomb Raton in 44-point rout

    Twelve West Las Vegas players got into the scorebook Thursday night and the Dons began their District 2-3A campaign by doubling up Raton 82-38 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    West (6-13) was on pace to score 100, but the mercy-rule running clock — triggered when the lead hits 35 — made for a quick second half.

    The spread hit 63-28 midway through the third quarter after a Mike Ortiz three-pointer and stayed in 35-plus territory after a Martin Castellano three-ball moments later.