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Today's News

  • City police not using Tasers
  • Nearby blaze partly contained

    The Tecolote fire was 10 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, officials said.

    The blaze, which started Friday night, has burned 700 acres. But the fire hasn’t struck any buildings, and no evacuations have been ordered.

    “No structures are immediately threatened. We’ve had people talk to homeowners,” said Denise Ottaviano, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman.

    The fire is on Bear Mountain, about 2.5 miles south of Gallinas Canyon. The blaze is raging on rugged terrain in the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Governor visits Vegas

    Gov. Bill Richardson flew into town Monday to announce a $150,000 infusion of cash into Luna Community College’s film program.

    “We have one of the most successful movie programs in our history these last eight years. That’s because we have offered the movie companies incentives, free state land, loans, and as a result, we have had billions of dollars in direct and indirect benefits for the state,” Richardson said.

  • Work of Art: A myriad of meanings

    Several times I’ve alluded to the phenomenon of meeting a word that suddenly everybody’s using. I then do research on the word or phrase and often discover that it’s been around since my seventh birthday, or the Punic Wars — which-ever came first.

  • Some cars damaged by hail

    Las Vegas has had a couple of hailstorms in recent weeks.

    While it appears that most cars haven’t sustained any damage as a result, some have, according to insurance companies.

    Representatives of Progressive and GEICO insurance companies have called the Optic in recent days to say they’re receiving claims for hail damage to cars.

    The hailstorms occurred on May 27 and June 6. A representative of Geico said that most of the claims are coming from Las Vegas’ north side.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    La Plaza games take place at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street; Las Vegas games at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    FRIday, June 11

    Las Vegas minors: Mariners 4, Dodgers 3

    SATURday, June 12

    La Plaza majors: A’s 7, Angels 6 (A’s Jordan Martinez homered to center); Dodgers 10, Cubs 0

  • Editorial: A blight along I-25

    Some Las Vegans might not even be aware of it. Those who enter or leave town via one of the Interstate 25 ramps on the north or south end of town don’t always have the opportunity to take in the view.

    The “view,” courtesy of local junkmeister Tony Ortega, is an unmitigated blight on the community. It besmirches all that a great many people hold dear; it taints the last vestiges of community pride in helping create an attractive community.

  • RMAC survey: CCU tops in sportsmanship

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  The Cougars of Colorado Christian University won their third straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Cup, announced earlier this month by RMAC Commissioner Joel R. Smith. This is the fourth year of the RMAC Sportsmanship Cup. University of Nebraska at Kearney won the inaugural Sportsmanship Cup in 2006-07.

  • East to shuffle principals

    For the second year in a row, the Las Vegas City Schools will see a shuffling of principals.

    The changes were unveiled in an interview with Superintendent Rick Romero last week.

    The highest-profile change will be the promotion of Manuel Lucero to serve as principal of Memorial Middle School. Previously, he had been the principal of Sierra Vista Elementary. Over the last few years, he has served as a principal in both the East and West school districts.

    Leslie Damon will remain the assistant principal at Memorial.

  • Hackers hot in Jalapeno softball tournament

    Adult softball teams around the state are learning what those in the Meadow City already know — the Las Vegas Hackers are pretty darn tough.

    The team, which competes in the City of Las Vegas adult league, won the recent U.S. Slowpitch Softball Association’s “Jalapeño Popper” tournament in Albuquerque.

    The Hackers went 5-1 in the double-elimination event, defeating a strong Evolve Fitness group in the second of two meetings that decided the championship.