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Today's News

  • ‘Duck and cover;’ and ‘Run, hide and fight’

    Some readers may remember a film released by the Civil Defense in 1951. When a monkey lobs a lighted dynamite stick his way, Bert the Turtle knows to “Duck and Cover.”

    The rest of the film shows school children hiding under desks and cafeteria tables in case a light brighter than you’ve ever seen before appears.

    If adults aren’t around, we see older boys showing how to duck in a corridor. So where are the older girls?

  • Handling the seasons of your life

    By Rick Kraft

    Today, you are in a season of your life. Previous seasons are in the rearview mirror and new seasons are ahead of you out your front window. The past seasons are fixed in time, future seasons are an unknown.

    I grew up enjoying music by Fleetwood Mac and enjoyed seeing them perform in person a couple of years ago.

    They have a song entitled “Landslide” that asks the important question each of us must ask, “Can I handle the seasons of my life?”

  • Hispanics had varying roles in World War II

    By Maurilio Vigil

    Hispanics, as a group, were widely represented among the American soldiers, sailors and women in the armed forces during World War II. Unlike African-Americans and others, Hispanics were fully integrated into all branches of the military and thus were active in most campaigns and battles in the various theatres of the war.

  • Think of Palestinians as fellow human beings

    By Alan Wicks

    Many Optic readers will be familiar with the picture of a young girl being walked away from the camera by two Israeli police as it appeared numerous times on Facebook. Her face is turned towards the camera and she appears composed and mature.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 25, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 25, 2018.

  • State spirit championships this weekend

    Cheer and dance squads from Pecos, Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools are in Albuquerque today (Friday, March 23) for the state spirit championships.

    Events were to begin at 8 a.m. at Dreamstyle Arena AKA The Pit. Admission prices are $8 (general, no re-entry), $5 (students, seniors and military, no re-entry) and $12 (re-entry passes). Parking at The Pit is $5 a vehicle.

    Floor times for area teams are as follows.

    FRIDAY
    8:10 a.m. Robertson dance, Pom category
    9:30 a.m. West Las Vegas dance, Pom
    11:20 a.m. Pecos cheer, Game Day category

  • Longtime nurse practitioner killed in accident

    A Thursday morning accident resulted in the death of a beloved, appreciated wife, mother and season medical professional.

    At about 8 a.m. Thursday, Lacy L. Houdek was jogging along New Mexico Highway 104, about four miles east of Las Vegas, when she was struck and killed by a pickup truck, according to a State Police news release.

  • Youth group to stage march on Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The SPOT Youth Team and local students have organized a “March for Our Lives — to demand an end to the epidemic of mass shootings in our schools today,” according to a news release.

    All students in the San Miguel and Mora county areas are invited to participate.

    The march will begin at Sixth Street and Friedman Avenue at noon and will work its way westward. For information, contact the Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center at 505-425-3840 or lvpeacecenter@startmail.com.

  • Entire council to hear about special audit

    After some initial confusion on which and how many Las Vegas City Councilors would get to sit on an exit conference regarding a special audit of city procedures, it appears the entire council will get to meet with representatives of the Office of the State Auditor after all.

    The Council and Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron, along with Acting City Attorney Danelle Smith, will meet with State Auditor office staff in a closed executive session at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 to discuss the results of an independent third-party audit requested by the Council.

  • Police: DWI suspect had two children in vehicle

    A Serafina woman was arrested for child abuse, driving while intoxicated and other charges after a recent traffic stop on March 16 revealed she had two children in her vehicle.

    According to reports, on March 15, at about 10 p.m. a New Mexico State Police officer was dispatched to a gas station because of a female who appeared to be drunk.