Today's News

  • Weather - March 14, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north.

    Sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 37.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:12 a.m. to 7:08 p.m.

  • LV native to discuss the swastika symbol

    Submitted to the Optic

    As Alvin Korte recently travelled his native land, he became aware of and puzzled by the public display of an image that was deeply imprinted on his mind as a youth — the swastika.

    With Korte’s special interest in images and their meanings, more questions were raised. Why were swastikas — which today are synonymous with the Nazis and with death and hate — displayed on the high corners of the El Porvenir Hotel in Gallinas Canyon?

  • Que Pasa - March 14, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Lucky Tucker” by Leslie MCGuirk. The theme for the month is “Woman’s Month - Books Written for Children by Women.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Gas prices and recovery

    As of Monday afternoon, the cheapest gallon of gas in Las Vegas was $3.57 — and it’s probably higher by the time you read this. Some oil industry analysts are saying gas prices could hit as high as $5 per gallon by this summer.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 14, 2012
  • Work of Art - What’s to fear in Vegas?

    During a recent get-together with our three sons — one brought his family all the way from Denmark, one brought his spouse from Albuquerque, and the third son brought his wife and kids all the way from next door — our conversation turned to what life was like in our youth.

    You first, Dad.

    Well, I’ve already written a million words about how it seemed that there was a tough guy on every corner, who set the stopwatch he didn’t own, waiting to pounce on a peace-loving kid from the Railroad Avenue barrio.

  • Cowgirls leap to 8th in nationals

    New Mexico Highlands University’s women captured eighth place in the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships over the weekend in Mankato, Minn.

    The eighth-place national finish is the highest for any NMHU team since the school became affiliated with the NCAA in 1992.

  • Illness can’t keep Highlands senior from making history at indoor nationals

    By Chros McDougall

    MANKATO, Minn. — Jillisa Grant got to Minnesota for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, and she immediately got sick.
    Her nose ran. She coughed. Grant called it the flu.

    “When I wake up in the morning I feel horrible,” she said.

    The situation was not ideal for her debut at the indoor championships. Yet three days later, on Friday, Grant leapt 6.26 meters (26 feet, 6 1/2 inches) on her first attempt in the long jump finals.

  • Young Dons off to 3-1 start

    What this year’s version of West Las Vegas baseball lacks in age, it is making up for with poise, hunger, coachability and — yes — experience.

    The Dons have won three of their first four games, beating Santa Fe Indian 11-4 and Socorro 8-4 and 6-5. The lone loss, a 13-1 setback, came against an excellent Hope Christian club expected to contend for a state title come mid-May.

  • Cowboys take 3 of 4 in Nebraska

    Not even the chilly Midwestern winter air could cool the hot New Mexico Highlands bats over the weekend, as the Cowboys won three of four games at Nebraska-Kearney.

    Highlands took the first three games by scores of 10-8, 26-10 and 10-2 before falling in Sunday’s series finale, 12-2.

    It’s an important series win for the Cowboys (13-2 overall and 7-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference). UNK has been one of the top three or four teams in the RMAC postseason picture for a number of years.