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  • Looking ahead - News - July 15, 2015

    Block Party Event set for Saturday
    A Block Party/Mural Beautification Event will take place on Saturday, July 18 at 713 Railroad Ave. For more information, call Amistad y Resolana at 425-2687.

  • Weather - July 15, 2015

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5-10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Almost Missoula time

    Submitted to the Optic

    Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to Las Vegas to give our children the opportunity to get up on stage and be a part of a musical theatre production. This year’s play will be Blackbeard the Pirate. Sponsors are Highlands University, Las Vegas Arts Council and corporate sponsor Southwest Capital Bank.

  • Noticias - July 15, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

  • Que Pasa - July 15, 2015


  • Investing in our future

    Emerging research suggests that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years of life. That research reinforces the importance of home visits to at-risk families and early-childhood programs, particularly in states like New Mexico that have long struggled with getting students to succeed in the classroom.

    That’s why last week’s announcement that the West Las Vegas Head Start program had been awarded an $8.2 million grant to expand its existing program is so important to our community.

  • Editorial cartoon - July 15, 2015
  • Work of Art: Repeating the same errors

    Don’t be surprised to discover that I’ve used this statement in several past columns: It’s a miracle that anyone learns English. I’m instantly reminded of the song Professor Henry Higgins blurts out early in the movie and play, “My Fair Lady.”

    The professor, a dialectician and grammarian, sings “Why Can’t the English Teach Their Children How to Speak?” as he laments Eliza Doolittle’s use of “aawww” and “gawwn,” a form of Cockney-speak people of that time and place had grown accustomed to.

  • State champs! La Plaza Juniors softball earns trip to regional; more state tourneys this weekend

    Battling back after being dealt their first loss of the tournament, La Plaza’s Juniors softball team emerged with a thrilling 17-16 victory over Deming and claimed the New Mexico state championship Sunday afternoon on Albuquerque’s west side.

    Santianna Medrano made a spectacular diving catch in right field for the final out, stranding what would’ve been the tying and winning runs for Deming.

  • City targeting unsightly properties

    The city’s code enforcement unit is targeting three properties that it contends are in violation of city ordinances, and it is asking the City Council to declare them nuisances, a move that would clear the way for city staff to clean up the properties and bill the owners.