Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 8, 2012


    • Search and Rescue will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the San Miguel County Jail south of Las Vegas off the I-25 access road. For more information, call 429-2045.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “A String of Heart”s by Laura Malone Elliott. The theme for the month is “Leap Year Laughter.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Noticias - Feb. 8, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • Free 2012 Tax Returns – federal and state — will be prepared for low- and middle-income taxpayers by Certified AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers. No complicated filings. Do not have to be retired or an AARP member to receive services. Seven days and evenings are scheduled at NM Highlands University, 903 Baca St. (at 9th Street) between Feb. 14 and April 14. Call for an appointment at 505-425-6261 or 479-466-5161.  

  • Last known WWI veteran dies at 110

    The Associated Press

    LONDON — Florence Green, the world’s last known veteran of World War I, has died at the age of 110, the care home where she lived said Tuesday.

    Briar House Care Home in King’s Lynn, England, said Green died Saturday, two weeks before her 111th birthday.

    Born Florence Beatrice Patterson in London on Feb. 19, 1901, she joined the Women’s Royal Air Force in September 1918 at the age of 17.

  • Informational meetings

    Timothy Dodge is on to something. As Las Vegas city manager, he’s been spearheading a series of informational meetings for the people running for mayor and council, and the benefits are significant.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 8, 2012
  • Work of Art - A doggy-dog world

    A few weeks back, I told the saga of Heidi, my dachshund whose manners were bad, and in an effort to train the dog, my friend Bob McIntosh suggested we have Heidi meet and live with Bob’s Great Dane, “Duke,” the canine with perfect manners.

    There was a doggone education that followed, but I don’t think Bob ever forgave me for owning a dog that passed her bad culinary habits on to Duke.

  • Giants’ Coughlin says he’ll be back

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Tom Coughlin is looking forward to the parade and a couple weeks off to reflect on the Giants’ second championship in five seasons. Then he will begin preparations for defending the title.

    The 65-year-old coach sees no reason to retire now.

  • More Duke City fun for tracksters

    Over the weekend, New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field was back to what has become its home away from home in recent weeks — the Albuquerque Convention Center, site of the University of New Mexico’s Collegiate Classic.

    The Cowgirls — ranked 11th in NCAA Division II — got strong performances in multiple events from middle distance runner Fiona James and long-distance runner Angela Ibarra.

    James was sixth in the 200-meter dash and 12th in the 400; Ibarra 11th in the 3-kilometer run and 14th in the 5K.

  • LV wrestler wins junior state title

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    Joseph Paul Griego of Las Vegas led a strong contingent of Meadow City grapplers by capturing a state championship in this past week’s 2012 New Mexico Junior Wrestling Championships.

    Griego competed in the 12 and under age group and won his 130-pound weight class.

    Javier Mares, also reached the finals in his division, wrestling in the 10 and under group at heavyweight.

    Overall, 10 of 12 competitors representing the Las Vegas Junior Wrestling Program earned medals, which are awarded to the top six wrestlers in each weight class.

  • Romero scores 34; Mora girls top Pecos

    Mora’s Andrea Romero was nearly impossible to contain Monday night, scoring and rebounding and otherwise making her presence felt.

    So the Pecos girls’ basketball team sent her to the free throw line.

    Romero continued to do damage there, swishing 11 of 12 free throws.

    When it was all said and done, Romero had a dream stat line of 34 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals. And the Rangerettes had a 60-35 win in a key district game.

    Mora, the No. 2 team in Class 2A girls’ hoops as of Monday night, improved to 21-2 overall and 4-1 in District 2-2A. Pecos fell to 13-9, 2-3.