Today's News

  • Reports: Highlands’ Campbell to join Bengals as free agent

    Optic staff and wire reports

    If All-American linebacker Jordan Campbell is to realize his dream of playing in the NFL, it will have to come via free agency — perhaps with the Cincinnati Bengals, with whom he reportedly signed late Saturday.

    The New Mexico Highlands standout’s name was not among those called over the weekend as the NFL held its annual college draft in New York City.

    But several blogger sites and Campbell himself reported via social media that he’d agreed to terms with the Bengals.

  • Van Slyke hits thrice to pace Isotopes

    By Laura Verillo
    Albuquerque Isotopes

    ROUND ROCK, Texas — Scott Van Slyke had three more hits and an RBI single in the fourth inning as the Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express, 5-2, Saturday night at Dell Diamond.

    Tony Gwynn Jr. and Dee Gordon also had RBI singles in the four-run fourth inning. Tim Federowicz, in his first game back with the ‘Topes, hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Van Slyke has 26 RBI in 22 games.

    That was enough offense for the ‘Topes pitchers.

  • Little League - April 29, 2013

    Las Vegas Little League’s upcoming games are as follows. All LVLL games are played at Keyes Park.

    Monday games: Angels vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Reds vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday games: Orioles vs. Angels, 5:30 p.m.; Yankees vs. Mariners, 7:30 p.m.

    Monday games: Bats vs. Thunder, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Red Wings, 7 p.m.
    Tuesday games: Rivercats vs. Paw Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Sandgnats vs. Threshers, 7 p.m.
    Wednesday games: Paw Sox vs. Bats, 5:30 p.m.; Thunder vs. Owlz, 7 p.m.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 29, 2013

    • Las Vegas Little League games (see schedule, Page 8)
    • La Plaza Little League games
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Santa Fe, 9 a.m.
    • La Plaza Little League game
    • Las Vegas Little League game
    • La Plaza Little League game

    • Robertson vs. Raton, 4 p.m., Whorton Field
    • West Las Vegas vs. Taos, 4 p.m., WLV field
    • Las Vegas Little League games

  • Bullying alleged at East

    Baseball is supposed to be a game of strikes, courtesy of the opposing team’s pitcher, but for one Robertson High School junior varsity team member, the strikes came from a teammate’s punches.

  • Gov taps Baca for judge post

    Longtime Las Vegas attorney Gerald E. Baca has been chosen to fill the vacant judge post in the 4th Judicial District, the Governor’s Office announced Thursday morning.

    Baca, who has been an attorney for more than 26 years, said he would begin his new job on May 13. Between now and then, he will be shutting down his practice and handing his open cases off to other attorneys.

  • Senior profile - Rosalie Lopez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    No doubt about it, Rosalie Lopez is a mover and a shaker. Her life story reads like a catalogue of activity that has taken her from her birthplace in Leeton, Mo. (“Mizzurah,”  as she pronounces it) then to Windsor, Mo., across to Kansas, then back to Warrensburg, Mo., all across New Mexico, and even to Montana and Las Vegas, Nev., eventually settling for good in our own Las Vegas. It’s an odyssey, no doubt.

  • Pendaries woman warns of scam

    When she got the call on Thursday morning, Iona Gamertsfelder’s heart started pumping a little faster.

    The man on the other end of the line told her that she had won $2.5 million and an assortment of other gifts from Publishers Clearinghouse. She was told that they’d be at her house later that morning. The man, who identified himself as Tony Brown, sounded just like Claude Rains, an actor who died in the 60s.  

  • Looking Back - April 26, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, April 30 — J.S. Torres, owner of the J.S. Torres Furniture and Appliance Co., was congratulated on winning his 10th Frigidaire Award of Merit. “You have done an outstanding job of backing up your sales with award-winning service,” said W.F. Switzer of the Frigidaire Division, General Motors Corp.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 26, 2013

    Arbor Day celebration set for Friday

    National Arbor Day celebration will take place at 4 p.m. today (Friday) in Plaza Park. Representatives from the Cub Scouts, City of Las Vegas Parks Department, Tierra y Montes, State Forestry, Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge and Las Vegas Tree Board are scheduled to attend.