Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN - MEDIOCRE MONSOONS. Despite this week’s rain, the monsoon season has been a disappointment. We need much more moisture to offset dismally dry conditions.
    Meanwhile, other parts of the country are suffering from extreme temperatures, with heat indexes rising as high as 130 degrees in parts of the Midwest. While we’d like to believe that this is just one of those super-hot summers, we fear it’s the new normal. Earth may indeed have passed the “tipping point” toward global warming.

  • ‘An American town ... by Americans only’

    On Nov. 20, 1879, just four months after the railroad arrived, the Daily Optic declared that “East Las Vegas is an American town and will be governed by Americans only.”

    The incendiary words were those of Russell A. Kistler, the founding publisher and editor of the Las Vegas Daily Optic, which published its first issue on July 30, 1879. (Kistler followed the railroad to Las Vegas from Otero, a short-lived rail town which existed about five miles south of Raton, where he first started his newspaper as the Otero Optic.)

  • Little Leaguers wrapping up

    Las Vegas Optic

    While several local La Plaza Little League teams have reached their season’s end, the junior baseball team plays on — with a trip to state this weekend.

    La Plaza’s juniors play their first game at 9 a.m. Saturday at Albuquerque Zia to open tournament play against other top 13-14 baseball all-stars from across New Mexico.

  • North-South
  • Close but no cigar on NFL deal

    By Barry Wilner and Howard Fendrich
    AP Pro Football Writers

    WASHINGTON — NFL players didn’t vote Wednesday on a full proposal to settle the league’s labor dispute, citing several outstanding issues, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 22, 2011

    • State 9-10 tournament: Las Vegas vs. TBA, Roswell, 7:30 p.m.

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s all-star game, 6:30 p.m.; Las Vegas Adult League women’s all-star game, 7:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park or TBA

    • State juniors (13-14) tournament: La Plaza vs. TBA, 9 a.m., Zia, Albuquerque; other state tournament games TBA

  • FYI - Sports

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is accepting registrations for the 2011 fall season through August. Parents may register their youngsters online at lasvegasyouthsoccer.org or at DesertGate Internet 118 Bridge Street, Las Vegas.

    Those with questions are asked to call Shelby or Rachel Curtis at 505-652-4101.

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  • Tourney nears
  • Go Fish - July 22, 2011

    Editor’s note:

    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

  • BREAKING: Highlands football recruit arrested in connection with homicide

    Las Vegas police have arrested a New Mexico Highlands University football recruit who is wanted in California in connection with a homicide there, the university announced Wednesday afternoon. The release identifies the recruit as Brandon Johnson. Highlands campus police and the university's athletics department helped city police identify the student. Pick up a copy of Friday's Optic for more on this developing story.