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Today's News

  • Noticias - August 13, 2012

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

    • Las Vegas City Schools has a new Dress Code with lots of changes. A copy is available on the district’s website (www.cybercardinal.com) or at the Central Office, the office of the Director for Instruction at Robertson’s Patio Building, or at Wal-Mart.Call 454-5700.

  • Big-time smackdown

    Maybe you cringed at our lead headline on Friday, “‘Smack City’ smackdown.” Or, perhaps you didn’t appreciate the name given to the  multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Las Vegas — “Operation Smack City.” Such references stem from a disparaging nickname given in the 1970s, when the national magazine Harper’s dubbed Las Vegas “Smack City USA” because of its heroin problem back in those days.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 13, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Touring two watersheds

    For a couple of days last week, I was a watershed tourist.            

    But not just me, of course. On Monday, about 20 Las Vegas movers and shakers took a ride into the Gallinas Canyon, stopping at various points along the way to learn from experts about the condition of the river, the woodlands and how Las Vegas collects, stores and uses the watershed’s most valuable resource.

  • Bolt finishes 3 for 3 in gold medals

    The Associated Press

    LONDON — This time, Usain Bolt ran hard right to the finish.

    Leaned at the line, even.

    Having built a big lead on the 4x100-meter relay anchor leg, Bolt knew he was about to earn his third gold medal in three events at the London Olympics.

  • FYI - Sports - August 13, 2012

    First day of official practice for most fall high school sports programs in New Mexico was Monday, Aug. 6. Check with school coaches or athletic directors for more information.

    Memorial Middle School football practice  began Monday, Aug. 6, at the MMS field. Athletes must have a current physical to practice; bring form on first day of practice or you will not be able to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Martinez at 429-7975.

  • Dream Killers snare second in Chivas Cup

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Dream Killers have done it again — bringing back a trophy from Albuquerque.

    The Dream Killers, a traveling youth soccer team based in Las Vegas, played July 28-29 at the Chivas Cup sponsored by the Guadalajara Soccer Association of New Mexico.

    In its toughest competition to date the Dream Killers met up with the host team Chivas for the championship, with Chivas prevailing 4-2 after a back-and-forth game.

  • U.S. leading medals races as Olympics near end

    The Associated Press

    LONDON — With one day of competition left at the London Games, the United States had locked up the overall medal race and is holding off the Chinese in the chase for the most gold.

    It will be the fifth straight Summer Games where U.S. athletes took home more prizes than anyone else from an Olympics.

    Swimming, track and field, basketball, women’s soccer, Serena Williams and gymnast Aly Raisman have all been highlights for U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst.

  • ‘Smack City’ smackdown

    Federal and state law enforcement officers swooped in on helicopters and black SUVs at daybreak Wednesday and with the help of local police began executing a series of arrest and search warrants in Las Vegas.

    The event marked the culmination of a 10-month multi-agency investigation dubbed “Operation Smack City.” Officers were able to take most of their suspects into custody without incident, although two suspects remained at large as of press time.

  • Over The Edge V: Frack You

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    The Nat Gold Players, melding with Clearly Confused Productions, provide yet another local spoof, as emcee Karyl Lyne puts it, “poking fun at you, you, you and us!”

    Cyn Riley and the performers’ combined genius again point out the foibles of our locals — everything from “what’s happened to what’s happening” in our area, set in the local radio station, renamed Por Que Fun Radio, which mysteriously loses its N, making it Por Que FU Radio for the occasion.

    Indeed!