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Today's News

  • Track clubs in regional meet

    The Las Vegas area will be well-represented this week in the U.S. Junior Olympics regional track and field competition under way in El Paso.

    A number of Pecos elementary and middle school students have qualified for the meet, which will feature young tracksters from a five-state region competing on the campus of the University of Texas-El Paso.

  • District 4 tourneys in Raton

    Las Vegas Optic

    Local Little Leaguers are focused on the District 4 tournaments that kick off today (Friday) in Raton.

    That doesn’t mean local Little League officials aren’t still thinking about what might’ve been.

  • Local All-Stars lineups announced

    Six baseball teams and four softball teams from the Meadow City will represent the community in District 4 Little League All-Star tournaments beginning this weekend in Raton.

    The following are rosters provided to the Optic by the two local leagues.

    LA PLAZA LITTLE LEAGUE

    Baseball, 11-12: Robbie Alarcon, Joaquin Barela, Marcus Coca, Jeffery Sanchez, Isaiah Trujillo, Chris Padilla, Roman Sandoval, Brandon Graston, Marcus Lopez, Liam Lopez, Josh Sandoval, Antonio Bustamante, coaches Robert Alarcon, Marco Coca and Chris Padilla.

  • Batter up!
  • Indulging in pulled pork

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Pulled pork is a treat often reserved as an occasional indulgence. Which probably is good, since it tends to be made with some of the fattier pieces of pork, which then are smothered with a sugary sauce and piled on a white roll. Trouble is, we love pulled pork and we wanted a version we could feel good about enjoying a little more often.

  • Fresh sage: What is it and how to use it

    By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor


    It’s hard to not love an ingredient that loves fat.

    And that’s exactly what sage does — it partners perfectly with foods rich in oils and fats. That’s why it is so common in hearty holiday foods.

  • Cool, refreshing gazpacho

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press


    Ready for a cool and refreshing soup hot off the grill? It’s got to be gazpacho.
    Gazpacho is the perfect healthy summer food. It’s jammed with all manner of vegetables, including the tomatoes and zucchini that tend to overrun our gardens, and traditionally is served cool to help beat the summer heat.

  • Call for Artists
  • Voter Registration
  • Looking through old Optics

    Only a hermit living in a dark cave wouldn’t be aware of the current political environment we seem to be completely surrounded by, and by all available media outlets. Yes, it seems like the “old” is new again.