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Today's News

  • Noticias - April 8, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@ lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Justin J. Roper Memorial Scholarship applications are available. The scholarship is open to West Las Vegas seniors. Applications are now available at the West Las Vegas High School counselor’s office. Application deadline is April 29.

  • Showers bring artistic flowers

    Imagine a bovine alien in your garden. His eyes don’t mimic almonds, his body doesn’t don the silver suit of a galactic wanderer.

    Rather, he stands on vertical hooves, his exposed trunk an expanse of weathered coil and spring.

    He is the nightmare of a thousand childhood sci-fi movies. He is the height of a gnome, the monster under your bed. His head carries the ragged antennae of a sideshow bull’s horns. He looks cute, terrifying, an oil-pitch sentry. He is the somehow living recycled hothouse buffalo man of Las Vegas sculptor Debbie Morse.

  • Native’s video gets attention

    Jim Terr loves Las Vegas and what makes Las Vegas unique:  our local independent merchants.  

    He produced a video, “Mama Don’t Send Me to the Big-Box Store,” which is receiving lots of notice: more than 5,900 references on Google, when you enter the title in quotes.

  • Beauty Queen
  • Here she is — Miss LV Teen

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant was held on Sunday March 27 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.  

    Kayla Gonzales was crowned Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen 2011 and Daniela Montoya was named first runner-up. After the pageant it was revealed that Gonzales would be ineligible to compete at the Miss New Mexico’s Outstanding Teen Pageant because she is a high school graduate.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Petition seeks judge’s suspension

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission is asking the state Supreme Court to suspend a Las Cruces judge while he’s being investigated on allegations of bribery.

    Commission executive director Randall Roybal says the petition to temporarily suspend state District Judge Mike Murphy was filed Tuesday.

    Roybal declined to comment further because of confidentiality rules.

  • Firefighters making progress

    By Sue Major Holmes
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Despite strong winds, firefighters are making progress in battling a wildfire that has charred thousands of acres and forced evacuations.

    “It’s still an active fire, it’s still moving along, but it’s not getting outside containment lines,” state Forestry spokesman Dan Ware said.

    The 10,341-acre fire that broke out Sunday was 50 percent contained by Wednesday night even though winds had been gusting to 40 mph during the day.

  • Clinic for veterans now open

    Submitted to the Optic

    Health Net, Inc. and the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System opened the Las Vegas VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic located at 624 University Ave., in Las Vegas, on April 1.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! COMMUNITY TRAGEDIES. Two homicides in as many days can really shake up a small town. Joseph H. Hernandez, 45, and Sherry Anne Clancy, 61, were killed in separate incidents only a few days ago. Two men, Richard Vigil, 47, and John Brito, 44, also of Las Vegas, face charges related to Hernandez’s death, while Clancy’s housemate, 52-year-old Tamara Smith, is charged in her death.

    All of these people — the victims as well as the suspects — resided in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 8, 2011