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  • Go Fish April 15, 2016

    APRIL 12

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 15, 2016

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •LCC at Clarendon (DH), noon, Clarendon, Texas
    •NMHU at Colorado Christian (DH), noon, Lakewood, Colo.
    •West Las Vegas at Portales, TBA, Portales
    •West Las Vegas Middle School at Taos, 3 p.m., Taos
    •LCC at Frank Phillips (DH), 1 p.m., Borger, Texas
    •West Las Vegas vs. Portales (DH), 3 p.m., WLV Field
    Track and field

  • Madam Mayor - Mere 23 votes give Gurule-Giron victory over Herrera

    City of Las Vegas voters made history on Tuesday, electing Tonita Gurule-Giron as the city’s first female mayor.

    It was one of the closest elections in recent memory, with just 23 votes separating her from her opponent in the mayoral runoff. Results are unofficial until canvassing takes place on Thursday morning.

    Gurule-Giron, 58, garnered 50.52 percent of the vote to former councilman Joseph “Joey” Herrera’s 49.4 percent. She will be replacing Alfonso Ortiz Jr., who has served as mayor since 2010 but opted not to seek re-election.

  • Gurule-Giron prevails in mayor's race

    Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron prevailed in Tuesday's runoff, winning the coveted mayor's seat by 23 votes.

    Gurule-Giron received 1,108 to Joseph "Joey" Herrera's 1,085 votes. Results are unofficial until canvassing takes place later this week.  Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic for more on this developing story.

  • Senior Center remodeled

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Roughly six months after the Las Vegas Senior Center building on Sabino Street shut down, it is back open, and it’s sporting a brand new look.

    City officials unveiled the renovated Senior Center at an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday. The revamped facility was a big hit with the seniors, many of whom danced at the unveiling.

    “It’s very nice. The people are all happy here,” said Viola B. Herrera, who volunteers at the Senior Center.

  • Regents hike tuition

    If you’re planning to attend New Mexico Highlands University in the fall, you better start saving.

    By a vote of 3-to-2 on Friday, the university’s regents approved steep double-digit tuition hikes that will increase the annual cost of attending Highlands by between $582 and $976. Regents also signed off on a new $150 per year student fee to improve campus life for students.

  • Author speaks about NM’s opiate crisis

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The author of an award-winning book that called attention to the nation’s opiate epidemic on Monday described the resurgence of opiates, saying dealers used the framework of a pizza delivery system to peddle heroin while medical providers prescribed unprecedented levels of hydrocodone and other drugs for pain.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 13, 2016
  • Editorial: Bigotry is bad for business

    Journal Record of Oklahoma and originally ran on Tuesday.

    Canadian rocker Bryan Adams drew a crowd to Catoosa’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Monday night. Thank the Oklahoma Legislature.

    From Catoosa, he’ll take his show to San Antonio on Tuesday, but then he’ll have a little time off. He cancelled the Biloxi, Miss., show that was scheduled for April 14.

  • Work of Art: Voy a typiar mi column

    When two languages bump into each other, they borrow stuff.

    English: “Hey, Español! I need a word for these flying pests. Can I borrow ‘mosquito’?”

    Español: “No problemo. While we are on the topic, I could use ‘boycott’ (though I might spell it ‘boicot’).”

    Ahora voy a typiar mi column. Come on now! You had no trouble getting el gisto of that sentence. And in the near future, you’re likely to be seeing much more of this kind of linguistic mélange.