Today's News

  • Weather - July 25, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. East wind 5-10 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.


  • NM judge orders removal of names from online site

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A judge has ordered Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to remove the names of classified employees from an online database.

    The Monday ruling from District Court Judge Valerie Huling came after members of a state employees’ union challenged the practice.

    An attorney for the union had argued that posting the names of classified employees is prohibited by state law and raises security concerns.

  • ‘The Mercy Seat’ - Art show is a mecca of history, figures and emotions

    By Meredith Britt
    For the Optic

    Iron birds, skulls, a masked face, hooded eyes, contorted poses, falling figures amid a stillness of flatness, dense application, soft colors and graceful lines evoke a forlorn enigma within the current Las Vegas Arts Council show, “The Mercy Seat,” at 140 Bridge St., through July.

    Two local area artists, Melissa Williamson and Appleblossom have put together two- and three-dimensional painted and sculpted pieces that challenge, dream, play dead, wrestle, and scream for freedom.

  • Raising the rates

    It may have been another one of those 3-2 votes, but the Las Vegas City Council did the right thing at its meeting last week. The council, with the mayor as tie-breaker, voted to publish two ordinances that will set the stage for water and sewer increases possibly as early as next month. As we’ve said previously in this editorial space, the increases may be painful but they’re necessary to move the city toward long-term solutions to its water needs.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 25, 2012
  • Work of Art - Joys of ocean cruises

    THE NORTH ATLANTIC — On one of our across-the-Atlantic flights to visit our son Stan, his wife and children, we noticed several passengers who had positioned themselves in the middle seat of the middle row. My wife and I had been content with our seat assignment, a window seat and the one next to it.

  • Men’s league tourney winds down

    In two and a half months and counting, the Benavidez Construction Hackers hadn’t dropped a single game in the Las Vegas men’s adult softball league.

    The hard-hitting juggernaut of a squad — often limited only by the league rules that restrict how many home runs count in the offensive team’s favor — began the summer schedule back on the first week of May, clubbing the Vegas Hitmen 26-9.

  • ‘Topes spank Iowa again

    Ely the Eliminator played the action hero role again for a Monday matinee at Isotopes Park.

    Isotopes starting pitcher John Ely struck out seven Iowa Cubs in seven and one-third innings of work, holding the visitors to one run on four hits and a walk. He retired 13 of the first 14.

    Ely improved to 9-7 with a 3.34 earned run average, and closer Scott Rice picked up a save after fanning three of the five batters he faced.

  • Big run at State
  • Rec center hosting week of sports camps

    It’s already been a busy summer as far as youth sports camps and clinics go, and the Las Vegas Recreation Department is adding to the smorgasbord with a full slate of low-cost camps this coming week.

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is presenting “Sports Week: Skills and Drills” from Monday, July 30, to Friday, Aug. 3, at various locations in town. Each day of the week will be devoted to a different sport and a short camp for participants age 5 to 14.