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Today's News

  • Friends group connects local students with nature

    Submitted to the Optic

    During this past school year, Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge enabled 10 Las Vegas fourth and fifth grades to benefit from a field trip to LVNWR, with two more field trips to be scheduled for September.

    Friends’ volunteers conduct a pre-visit in student classrooms, in which each student dissects an owl pellet. These classroom activities are designed to prepare the students for their field trip.

  • Noticias - June 29, 2011

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    • A survivors fund has been set up for the families of Gene Hern and Frank Romero. The following are the accounts: Children of Gene Hern, Wells Fargo account number 7040660958 and the widow of Frank Romero, Wells Fargo account number 7040660941.

    • The city of Las Vegas employee union has set up memorial funds for Gene Hern and Frank Romero at the State Employees Credit Union. The Hern account number is 3001582700 and the Romero account is 3001582710.

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press

    Pacheco Fire 15% contained

    SANTA FE — A wildfire northeast of Santa Fe has now burned 10,000 acres and is 15 percent contained.

    Santa Fe National Forest officials say weather conditions helped the firefighting effort Monday with temperatures a few degrees lower, slightly higher humidity and less wind throughout the day. The result was moderate fire activity on all parts of the Pacheco fire.

  • Years of rodeo clown have been good

    By Vince Kong
    Albuquerque Journal

    ALBUQUERQUE — Duane Stephens moves well for a 76-year-old — he moves even better considering he spent nearly 20 of those years running for his life.

    Stephens, you see, was a professional clown. But not just any clown. The Texas native was once a rodeo bull fighter, who happened to dress like a clown.

    The difference?

  • No fireworks. Period.

    Here’s the reality: Municipalities are limited by law in what they can do to stop fireworks from being sold or used within their city limits. State law inhibits municipalities’  abilities to impose all-out bans on their sale or use.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 29, 2011
  • Work of Art: Let’s all give 110 percent

    They came to play. Well, what else would they have come for, to show off their needlepoint collection? To exchange recipes?

    My addiction to professional sports is limited to watching the Boston Celtics in basketball, the Oakland Raiders in football and whoever is playing in the world series.
    During the time I’ve fed this addiction, I’ve acquired quite an arsenal of sports clichés, metaphors that describe things that are not. But first, a mini-English lesson:

  • Little League all-stars named

    Both of the Meadow City’s Little League organizations have announced lineups of all-star teams representing several age groups.

    All-star district tournaments begin Friday, July 8, in Taos, which takes over hosting duties from Raton. Tournaments will run for a week, with winners advancing to state.
    Locally, most Little League regular seasons have concluded, with the exception of Las Vegas Little League’s Minors Division. That division’s tournament was to crown a champion by Wednesday.

    The all-star lineups are as follows.

  • WLV JV wins in NMHU camp

    West Las Vegas’ junior varsity and Hobbs’ varsity won their respective brackets over the weekend in the inaugural Tiffany Darling High School Basketball Team Camp hosted by the New Mexico Highlands University women’s hoops program.

  • RHS, MMS volleyball meeting set for players

    Girls interested in playing volleyball for Robertson High School or Memorial Middle School this coming fall are being asked to attend a mandatory team meeting and practice on Tuesday, July 5, at RHS.

    The middle school meeting for seventh and eighth graders will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; high schoolers meet from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Robertson head volleyball coach Mary Bustos said the summer program for teams will begin that date and run Monday through Thursday, at times to be announced, until July 28.