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Today's News

  • Editorial: Rescind the pay hikes

    In this weak economy, our local government agencies shouldn’t be giving raises to its top officials. Doing so sends a bad message.

    Unfortunately, West Las Vegas’ budget includes pay hikes for its associate superintendent and business manager — this during a time when West is set to lay off eight first- or second-year teachers.

    Under the budget, the business manager’s annual salary would increase from $70,000 to $90,000 and the associate superintendent’s from $89,000 to $95,000.

  • Kilmer plans to speak to County Commission, official says

    “Batman” actor Val Kilmer has agreed to show up for a County Commission meeting later this month to explain controversial comments attributed to him, a county official said Tuesday.

    County Attorney Jesus Lopez confirmed that Pam Sawyer, the manager of Kilmer’s Rowe ranch, had informed the county that the actor planned to show at the meeting, barring some other event on his schedule.

    She declined to comment Tuesday.

  • Little League

    The following are 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.

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2

    La Plaza majors: Dodgers vs. Cubs, 7:30 p.m.

    La Plaza minors: Marlins vs. Angels, 5:30 p.m.; Cubs vs. A’s, 8:30 p.m.

    La Plaza tee-ball: Cubs vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Phillies vs. Brewers, 6:30 p.m.; Indians vs. Dodgers, 7:30 p.m.

  • Adult softball

    Las Vegas Optic

    The following are recent scores and upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league. Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex off of Grant Street.

    Men’s division

    Upcoming games:

    Wednesday, June 2: The Best vs. Dream Team, 6:15 p.m.; Buzzards vs. Vegas Boyz, 7:30 p.m.; Louisville Chuggers vs. Blaze, 8:45 p.m.

    Women’s division

    Upcoming games:

  • New Luna AD speaks out

    The following is an interview with Ron Gonzales, who is overseeing the softball and baseball programs at Luna Community College.   Have you already met with the student-athletes and coaches and if you did, what did you tell them?   I have had the opportunity to meet with the head coaches and staff to discuss the goals and objectives of the program, with the main goal being to provide an environment that promotes personal, academic, athletic and social development with the strong emphasis on academic achievement. &nbs

  • Three locals all-state baseball

    Las Vegas high school baseball hit a triple when the all-state teams were announced this past week.

    West Las Vegas senior Jared Gallegos and Robertson’s Nicholas Aragon and Girard Maestas all earned selection to the Class 3A all-state team.

    Gallegos was chosen as one of six first-team all-state pitchers. He also made the second team as an outfielder.

    As one of two main starting pitchers for the Dons this past season, Gallegos went 3-3 and posted a 5.35 earned run average with 67 strikeouts and 15 walks.

  • Letter: Compassion must be in government

    This letter is prompted by the visibility and apparent success of the Tea Party phenomenon, more specifically by the letter by Annette Franklin in the Optic on May 19.

  • Letter: Loehr off base in observations

    John Loehr did not tell us where he attended high school. I found it interesting that he seems so horrified that anyone would not like the president and some people would even use racial epithets to describe the president.

    He talks about what a fine father and husband and basketball player he is. Of course, none of those attributes make for presidential qualities and abilities.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of the West Las Vegas Music Department, we would like to thank the following individuals and businesses that contributed to our event: Platinum sponsor: Bank of Las Vegas. Silver sponsor: State Employees Credit Union, Deseo (John and Rose Montoya), ENMR, and State Rep. Richard D. Vigil of District 70. Bronze sponsors: Herrera Coaches, WLV board President Christine Ludi, WLV board member and Mrs. Kenny Lujan, First Community Bank, Antonio Ortega, Roy Pacheco for Sheriff, and KNMX (Mr. Matt Martinez).

  • Letter: Family urges support for father

    We, the sons and daughters of Arthur Padilla, want to thank you for your support for our father. He has served Las Vegas and the surrounding community for the past 40 years through his service in law enforcement and, most recently, his eight years as county commissioner.

    Our father is retired and will give 100 percent of his time and effort to help the people of San Miguel County. He has a personal open communication policy in which you may call and express your concerns or opinions. His values, strong ethics and experience speak for themselves.