Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 3, 2011
  • Another Perspective: Addressing domestic abuse

    “Prominent resident beaten to death.”       

     “Prominent” was the word that stood out to me reading this headline in the April 6 edition of the Las Vegas Optic. The second jolt was a photo of Sherry Anne Clancy, a woman I knew.  

  • Nuestra Historia - El Distrito de las Escuelas: The Sisters of Loretto

    An organized system of formal education in New Mexico was non-existent until the late 1800s. In fact, when Gov. Albino Pérez proposed a tax levy in 1837 to help fund a system of public education, he was more than just rebuffed — he was beheaded.

  • Orgullo del Norte - The train and the first movemento of El Norte

    “History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Romney to run for president

    By Philip Elliott
    The Associated Press

    STRATHAM, N.H. — Republican Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has failed the United States and is pitching himself as an alternative who can fix the nation’s ailing economy.

    The former Massachusetts governor on Thursday made official his White House run and offered a blistering critique of Obama. Romney says he would rein in Washington spending and put the country on a course toward economic recovery.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    At least three killed in tornados

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Rev. Bob Marrone was pained to see the steeple of his 137-year-old church shattered and strewn on the grass in the central Massachusetts town of Monson, yet he knows he’s more fortunate than some of his neighbors who lost their homes after tornadoes tore through the state, killing at least three people and injuring about 200.

  • Annual baby pageant on Sunday

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Third Annual Baby Miss and Baby Mister Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.

    Fourteen baby girls and seven baby boys, ages 6 months to 5 years,  will be competing for the titles.

    The contestants will be judged by a panel of judges on beauty and personality in party/formal wear. The contestants with the highest judge’s score will be awarded the titles of Baby Miss and Baby Mister Las Vegas.

  • Grant: Four-time All-American

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    NEW ORLEANS — New Mexico HIghlands University’s Jillisa Grant was among the top honorees who earned All-America distinction as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association this week.

    Grant earned four All-American honors at the NCAA Division II outdoor championships May 26-28 in Turlock, Calif.

  • Hoops coaches hired in Vegas, Mora

    With the hirings of Ernie Rodriguez and Billy Page to take over West Las Vegas boys’ basketball and Robertson girls’ basketball, respectively, the two local school districts went on similar tracks — opting for out-of-towners who bring years of head coaching experience to the Meadow City.

    Rodriguez, who sat out of coaching last year, most recently was the head coach of boys’ basketball and football at Santa Fe Indian School. He takes over for Morgan Montaño, who was not rehired after three years in charge of the Dons.

  • Little League - June 3, 2011

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    TUESDAY, May 31
    La Plaza Majors: Marlins 3, Rockies 1
    La Plaza Minors: Phillies 9, Cubs 3
    LVLL Minors: Red Sox-Cubs, Mariners-D-backs, Dodgers-Rockies, Padres-Cardinals, no reports

    WEDNESDAY, June 1
    La Plaza Majors: Red Sox 7, Angels 6