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Today's News

  • West board outsources food services

    The West Las Vegas School board unanimously approved a one-year contract with Summit Foods to provide the district’s food service next year.

    Just last month, the board heard the details about the proposal, which will involve a private firm managing the district’s food servi-ces program.

    Under the proposal approved by the board, the current food service employees will remain in their jobs as district employees, with the exception of Dean Gallegos the current director of the food services program, who will likely lose his job.

  • Looking Back - June 18, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, June 15 — Rumors from Denver, Chicago and other cities that Gov. McDonald will try to stop the Jim Flynn-Jack Johnson fight in Las Vegas are false. Promoter Jack Curley advises locals to ignore the rumors.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 18, 2012

    Kiwanis Pancake Day is Wednesday

    The 16th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day is this Wednesday. Serving times are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 and proceeds support local youth programs. For more information, call 505-718-6655.
     

  • Weather - June 18, 2012

    Monday
    Mostly sunny. Highs in the 90s. West winds 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night. Lows in the 50s. West winds 10-20 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s. West winds 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night. Lows in the 50s.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny. Highs in the 80s to lower 90s. Partly cloudy at night, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower to mid 50s.

    Thursday

  • LV native awarded Fulbright scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    A helping hand to his older brother on Move-in Day at the New Mexico State University campus led Gabriel Mario Ulibarri to study abroad opportunities in both Mexico and Italy. Now, the communication studies graduate student will travel to Spain next year where he will teach English as the recipient of a Fulbright grant.

    Ulibarri received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship scholarship to teach English and share American culture in Madrid for the 2012-13 academic year. He will work with students in a secondary school system.

  • Que Pasa - June 18, 2012

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • 16th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, Wednesday, June 20, serving times are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 and proceeds support local youth programs. For more information, call 505-718-6655.

  • Shame on the adults

    First, let’s acknowledge that what happened at Rodriguez Park a few days ago — when the president of La Plaza Little League pulled a rifle during an argument involving a couple of coaches — is an outlandish exception. Most adult La Plaza participants don’t behave that way.

    We hope this will be the one and only time that we’ll ever have to report that a firearm was pulled at a Little League game, but the fact that it happened gives us great pause. Something’s terribly wrong when adults behave in this manner and in such a place.

  • Editoral Cartoon - June 18, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The rises and falls of the Vigils

    Last week I offered up some post-election tidbits based on the results of the June 5 primary elections, but I saved this one for a column of its own. Put into context, it’s much bigger than a tidbit.

    Two primary elections resulted in the defeat of two Vigils from the Valley. Richard Vigil, a state representative since 1999, was beaten by Tomás Salazar, who received 56 percent of the vote. Rep. Vigil will serve out his term and Salazar is poised to take his place in January 2013.

  • Detoured but not deterred - Chavez triumphs in inaugural Fabian Trujillo Memorial Run

    Henrique Chavez, the winner of Saturday morning’s inaugural Fabian Trujillo Memorial Run, apparently enjoyed the course so much that he extended it by a few hundred strides.

    Chavez went off course and had to backtrack but still won the 5-kilometer race in a comfortable 17 minutes and 36 seconds.

    Afterward, the Mora native and New Mexico Highlands University cross country runner joked about it on Facebook: