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Today's News

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

    Sunday, Oct. 1

    International Peacemaker Nora Carmi, a Palestinian Christian, will make a presentation at 1 p.m. at First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave., about her firsthand experiences as a refugee. The public is invited.

    Wednesday, Oct. 4

  • Noticias, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@ lasvegasoptic.com.

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m. New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

    • The Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen is looking for volunteers to Prepare and serve lunch on Thursdays. It is an ecumenical ministry. All are welcome. Call 425-7283 for information.

  • Rain on the parade

    One second, Socorro girls’ soccer captain Kayla Botko stood her ground, looking to make a big play 30 yards from the Robertson goal. The next, she was face down in the soggy grass, a victim of the elements.

    Friends and foes gathered nearby couldn’t help but laugh, so Botko laughed, too.

  • Volleyball: Mora falls to Peñasco

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    For the first time this fall, the Mora Rangerettes found themselves in a five-set battle Thursday at Peñasco.

    The host Panthers cruised to a 25-12 win in the first set of the night, but Mora roared back to take control with 25-19 and 25-22 wins in the next two sets. Peñasco eked out a 25-22 score to knot the match at 2-2, then darted to a 15-8 win in the fifth set.

    It was the first of four matches in a seven-day span for Mora (2-5) and coach Tara Bartlett.

  • YABL registration under way in Vegas

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Las Vegas Recreation Department is signing up participants for its Young American Basketball League, specifically boys and girls, kindergarten through second grades, as well as boys in grades three through seven. (Girls’ league play for grades three through seven will begin in January.)

    The fee per child is $40.

    Those in seventh grade must not also participate on a school team.

  • Looking Ahead, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

    SUNDAY

    Football: City youth league games, TBA; Soccer: NMHU women at Colorado Christian, 1 p.m., Lakewood, Colo.: Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC fields, Montezuma

    MONDAY

  • Albuquerque mayor: a critical race for our state

    The role of mayor of Albuquerque probably shouldn’t be that important to Las Vegas and hundreds of other small New Mexico communities — but it is.

    Crime prevention has certainly been a core issue in New Mexico for many years, especially within the past decade or so. However, there are many economic and policy questions that will need to be addressed by the next mayor that affect how Las Vegas, San Miguel County and the rest of the state do business — and how the state’s citizens make decisions and choices.

  • State legislators, keep AmeriCorps alive in N.M.

    Another Perspective — By Jacob Erickson

    Friday Sept. 8, I attended my (and the) last AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program graduation ceremony at New Mexico Highlands University.

    It was a bittersweet occasion — seeing all the contributions my fellow AmeriCorps members put forth for their respective institutions, while knowing the state will no longer support the program.

  • Recognizing the real enemy

    Just a Thought — By Rick Kraft

    “I am not the enemy.”

    Typically, when a person says this, he or she is correct. In a nutshell, the person is saying they are being treated as if they are the enemy when they are really on the same team.

    I heard this phrase at a family reunion recently and it got my mind thinking. There is a certain amount of conflict in any relationship or in any association.

  • Vigil and Maltais hold audience in their spell

    Beth Speaks For Herself — By Beth Urech

    In the corner of a large room with warm red walls stands an impressive grand piano. Large windows overlook the Plaza Park whose multi-colored string of lights adds a festive note.

    An ornate candelabra holds three real candles which flicker in anticipation. That is the setting for the Sept. 20 concert at our Plaza Hotel. When you turn your gaze, you’ll see men and women seated and quietly speaking.