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Today's News

  • LETTER: Use of the word jihad inappropriate

    I picked up your July 6-7 issue of the Optic and was upset by the use of the word “jihad” in (David Giuliani’s column) “It’s hard to say no to a boss.”

    In recent years the media has used the term jihad to push anti-Islamic sentiment. When used in the context printed in the article, it undermines the progress being made by Muslims, to mend the differences of between the various faiths.

  • North vs. South

    For one last time, Kristen Encinias will play basketball for coach Jose “Majic” Medina.

    As West Las Vegas’ girls’ coach, Medina will undoubtedly miss Encinias’ dependable performance in the paint, her steady free throw shooting and her leadership in the locker room when the Lady Dons open camp this coming season.

    But the two will team up once more on Friday night, wearing the red of the Class 3A North All-Stars instead of the green and gold of WLV.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The SynergyFest committee wishes to thank the many businesses, organizations and individuals who helped to make this year’s fest a success. The fest drew over 500 attendees who talked with our exhibitors, attended workshops, and listened to music. The Sunshine Kids Village, sponsored by Amigos de Rio Gallinas School offered children’s games, crafts and other activities.

  • LVLL minors Red Sox, Kryptonite rally for exciting wins

    It’s human nature to love a thriller. You are not alone if the baseball of this past weekend made you want to scream. It wasn’t bad, you know it, and if you were there, you might long remember the time...

    LVLL minors championship:

    Red Sox 7, Yankees 6

    As regular-season champs, the Sox were favored in this one, but the Yanks came out on a tear. Beginning with a run by Elena Archuleta, they struck for a 3-0 lead midway through the first. And they led 6-1 through three frames.

  • Holm slated to fight in town Sept. 5

    Albuquerque pro boxer Holly Holm may be coming to Las Vegas, with some help from the city.

    On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council approved a request from Fresquez Productions for $15,000 to help sponsor a Holm fight set for early September. Her rival hasn’t been announced.

    The money will come from a portion the city’s lodger’s taxes, which are assessed to motel bills.

    The council voted 3-1 for the $15,000; Councilwoman Diane Moore dissented. Moore said she would rather the issue go through the lodger's tax board first.

  • EDITORIAL: Romero should remain on the job

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero faces a misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect to law enforcement authorities, as do Athletic Director Mike Yara, former football coach Ray Woods and two former assistant coaches.

    The district attorney’s office alleges that these men failed to notify authorities about allegations that football players sodomized their teammates with broomsticks during a football camp last year.

  • WLV's Armijo wrestles for Team New Mexico

    John Armijo started his summer in Orlando, but he wasn’t there to check out Disney World.

    Armijo, who graduated from West Las Vegas in May, was the lone representative of Class 3A on an all-New Mexico wrestling team that competed in the Amateur Athletic Union Scholastic Nationals, a duals tournament hosted by Disney’s Wide World of Sports facility.

  • Several vie to lead Robertson

    The Las Vegas City Schools district will be interviewing candidates for Robertson High School principal today, and the superintendent may make a selection as early as Monday.

    Meanwhile, the district has scaled back its planned shuffling of principals for next school year.

  • Mora County gets views on drilling

    MORA — Ojo Feliz resident Emilio Valdez acknowledged during a public hearing that he leased his land’s mineral rights to oil and gas companies. He said Mora County needs economic development.

    “There are people who are opposed to any industry. They look at the negative side of things,” he said, adding that he wanted to make sure future generations of his family had a source of income.

    And he said if others had land to lease to energy firms, they would do so as well.

    Not so, others said.

  • A Fiestas fixture

    This year’s theme for the Las Vegas Fiestas is Nuestras Tradiciones, Nuestros Tesoros — Our Traditions, Our Treasures. Many Las Vegans consider Cipriano Aguilar one of the Meadow City’s great treasures.

    For the last 47 years, this mild-mannered educator and longtime radio personality has acted as the Fiestas master of ceremonies and historian.

    Aguilar began his master of ceremonies duties after Jesus Lopez Sr. turned the microphone over to him in 1962.