Today's News

  • Fiesta royalty
  • Que Pasa - July 4, 2011

    • 2011 Fourth of July Fiestas festivities including live music and other entertainment continue until 6 p.m. at Plaza Park.

    • Camel Rock Casino has postponed its fireworks display and all outdoor events until fire danger subsides.

    • The Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. It will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5.

  • The better side of the U.S.A.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 4, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Independent Las Vegas

    Forgive me if I’m being presumptuous, but I just can’t help feeling part of this town’s historical identity, and I’m here to say that Las Vegas is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July.     

    You want patriotism? We’ve got it in droves. Las Vegas has always provided more than its fair share of fighters of our wars, believers in our causes, and doers for our ideals. We’ve got veterans and peaceniks, each of them standing for what they love about our country, sometimes standing as one and the same.

  • NBA locks out players

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — No free agency now, maybe no games later.

    The NBA lockout claimed a quick casualty in Day 1, when the free agency period did not open as usual on July 1.

    Games eventually could be lost, too, if owners and players can’t make progress whenever they start talking again.

    “It’s going to get ugly. I’ve already been on the record saying I don’t think they’re going to play at all next season,” Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley said Friday.

  • Hackers win Taos tourney

    Bouncing back from a rare defeat, the Benavidez Construction Hackers got quick revenge against the Santa Fe Paramount team in the championship games of the 12th Annual Budweiser Tournament held June 25-26 in Taos.

    The tournament was a USSSA Class D-sanctioned event that featured 16 men’s slow-pitch softball teams in a double-elimination bracket.

  • Cowgirls host hoops camp

    New Mexico Highlands University women’s basketball team is inviting local prep basketball players to attend the Cowgirl Skills Academy.

    This advanced instructional camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7-9 at the Wilson Complex. Cost is $100, which includes a camp T-shirt and lunch. The NMHU athletics Web site includes a link to the registration form for the Cowgirl Skills Academy.

    NMHU head coach Tiffany Darling, who recently led a team camp for high school girls’ squads, said the upcoming clinic will help players in various ways.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 4, 2011

    No local sporting events scheduled

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Louisville Chuggers vs. Vegas Boys, 6:30 p.m., Yo Momma vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m., city complex

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Yo Momma vs. Young Bucks, 6:30 p.m., Good Doodz vs. Buzzards, 7:30 p.m., city complex

  • FYI - Sports

    The City of Las Vegas is holding a family golf camp for the community during the month of July. The camp is designed for parents and their children to get out on the range and enjoy the game of golf. Sessions will cover fundamentals, use of irons and drivers, putting, chipping and full swing.

    Sessions are scheduled for July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27. Each session will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Camp cost is $65 for two; $15 each additional person. Children are not required to have their own clubs to participate.