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Today's News

  • Booth named for Bernie Allingham

    The late, great Bernie Allingham was recognized at the most recent regular meeting of the Las Vegas City School Board of Education.

    “Throughout the years Bernie worked with KFUN bringing local sports broadcast to people’s homes. Not only did he call the play-by-play, he also interviewed the kids and highlighted their academic and athletic achievements,” Montaño said.

    Montaño said Allingham broadcast all local sports, including Highlands, Robertson and West Las Vegas games.

  • Rosie: Still spiking

    Old habits die hard. Even the good ones.

    Rosie Lanphere, who starred on the volleyball court for Robertson High, is competing as part of the U.S. club volleyball circuit and is days away from a major tournament.

    “I was invited to join an adult volleyball club in Albuquerque named Hogan’s Heroes,” Lanphere told the Optic. “We are sponsored to go to the national tournament.”

    The tourney is the  U.S. Open National Volleyball Championships Club Tournament, June 2-5 in Phoenix.

  • Memorial Day editorial: Honoring our losses

     This editorial first appeared on Memorial Day 2009.

  • Senior Profile: Las Vegas' music man

    Leroy Lucero, or “Pato,” as he is known to many, is seated at his Yamaha electric keyboard, making music, practicing for an upcoming collaboration with his compadre, Joe Franco’s group, “Dulce.” Sweet!

    A multi-talented, lifetime musician, Lucero has followed many paths, but always, accompanied by music.

    Born in Las Vegas, Nov. 10, 1946, Pato, 63, is the son of the late Ben Lucero and Carmen Garduño Lucero. Leroy’s siblings are Lonnie and Jeanette.

  • Letter: Keep the theater department

    I am a student at Highlands University. It has come to my attention that the theatre classes have been discontinued here at Highlands. I am aware that this decision was part of budget cuts. I find this very upsetting.

    ... Even though there was not a theatre program in place, many students were waiting for the return of the theatre minor. I was one of them.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... THE SIXTH PLEADS GUILTY. Michael Gallegos, the ringleader in a series of assaults at the Robertson High School football camp two years ago, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration, attempted criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy. Gallegos, the son of a former Las Vegas City Council member, Michael Gallegos, candidly apologized for what he had done.

    He was the sixth and final defendant to reach a plea agreement. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring the closure that so many seek. Gallegos must still be sentenced. And some wounds never heal.

  • City looks to increase sales tax

    The Las Vegas City Council took the first step this week toward increasing the local sales tax.

    The city is looking at a one-fourth of 1 percent hike in the gross receipts tax, which is added to most goods and services. The increase would amount to 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the tax is part of a long-term plan to shift the tax burden from what many see as excessive fees for the city’s natural gas and other utilities.

  • 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:   MONDAY, MAY 31 La Plaza majors: Dodgers vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m. La Plaza minors: Indians vs. A’s, 5:30 p.m.; Giants vs. Yankees, 8:30 p.m. La Plaza tee-ball: Red Sox vs. Cubs, 5:30 p.m.; Padres vs.

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    MONDAY, MAY 25

    Las Vegas softball: Pink Sox 9, Psychlones 5

    TUESDAY, MAY 26

    La Plaza majors: A’s 12, Angels 1 (A’s Brian Gonzales homered to center field.)

    La Plaza minors: Rockies 9, Angels 0

    Interleague softball: La Plaza A’s 16, Pecos 4; Las Vegas Psychlones 16, La Plaza Marlins 16

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

  • Letter: Memorial Day means freedom

    On two occasions in the course of human history, freedom hung in the balance. Once in Greece, well over 2,000 years ago and once again in 1940. In 430 B.C., the Greek statesman Pericles wrote an opinion about the Greek Constitution that could have come straight from the U.S. Supreme court. A people that sophisticated would never give up their way of life nor abandon their fierce love of freedom. At Thermopylae and Marathon they stood firm and saved democracy against the mightiest invader of that time.