Today's News

  • Weather - Sept. 19, 2011

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming west 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. West wind 5-10 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Annual concert for the birds on Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The air will ring with the sound of mariachi music in a serenade for the birds at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday. Originating in the state of Jalisco in Mexico, mariachis accompany celebrations of every kind and speak often of heroism and love.

    The Friends of Las Vegas National Refuge celebrate another year of public service with a love song to the birds and your national wildlife refuge.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 19, 2011

    • Nominations being sought for Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation Annual awards. Nominations for awards must be submitted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday or Tuesday to the CCHP building at 116 Bridge Street in Las Vegas. All nominations must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 20. Award winners will be announced the first week of October and recognized at the annual dinner on Oct. 22. For more information, call CCHP from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 425-8803.

  • West’s policy usurps rights

    The West Las Vegas School Board is flat-out wrong to have passed a policy prohibiting audio or video recordings of its Individual Educational Program (IEP) meetings between educators and parents. It’s unfair to the parents and the students involved; it places the legal interests of the district over the rights of the parents and their children; and it drives a wedge between the educators and the parents who seek what’s best for their kids.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 19, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Poverty and hopelessness

    The numbers that came out of a recent U.S. Census report are alarming. If well-off Americans don’t heed the warning signs, they could indeed be facing a serious backlash.

  • Weekend Roundup: Highlands men take Texas Tech meet

    Placing five of the top 11 and seven of the top 21, New Mexico Highlands stormed to a men’s cross country team championship in Friday’s Texas Tech Open in Lubbock, Texas.

    The Cowboys’ Nicaise Kazingo and Ismael Samano were fourth and fifth, respectively, with times of 25:59.18 and 26:00.72.

    Justin Lueras and Alberto Espinosa were a tight eighth and ninth, and former Mora Ranger Henrique Chavez rounded out the varsity scoring with an 11th place finish.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 19, 2011

    • Robertson boys vs. Questa, 4 p.m.

    • Robertson vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym

    • NMHU women vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Santa Rosa, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • FYI - Sports - Sept. 19, 2011

    Three-on-three basketball tournament to benefit the Pecos/DC Civic Youth Group will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Pecos gym. Divisions from third grade to adults over 40. Youth entry fee $50 per team if paid before Sept. 23; $75 thereafter. Adult fee is $75 a team before Sept. 23; $100 thereafter. To obtain registration form and further information, call Evelyn Hurtado, 470-2980, or Rhonda Sanchez, 231-0201.

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