Today's News

  • Weather - June 20, 2012

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming east. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. South wind 10-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 10-15 mph.  A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.


  • Corrections - News - June 20, 2012

    Monday’s Optic featured a photo on Page 1 of a girl shooting an arrow during an event at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The cutline misidentified the youth. The correct name is Crystal Yardman.

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    A headline in Friday’s sports section also contained an error. The child rescued by a lifeguard had suffered a medical episode but was not drowning.

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  • Que Pasa - June 20, 2012

    • 16th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, Wednesday, June 20, serving times are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 and proceeds support local youth programs. For more information, call 505-718-6655.

  • A disturbing reversal

    Last month the Las Vegas City Council made a difficult but necessary decision to overturn a Board of Adjustments-approved variance for Ashley Salazar. Ahome was placed too close to the property line and contrary to the site plan that had been filed by her father, former Board of Adjustments member Marvin Salazar.

    We opined in this space shortly after last month’s council decision that “it sends the right message — that when it comes to city housing and property codes, rules are rules, and no one is above them.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 20, 2012
  • Work of Art - Nothing to do here?

    It really seemed easy. I watched as three grandchildren tried the ridiculously easy task of kicking a sponge ball through a space of about two feet square. What’s the big deal?

    Carly, Celina and Arthur Roland, my grandchildren,  couldn’t knock the ball through; in fact, most of the time they missed the ball completely. The catch? Jennifer Ballen, of the San Miguel County DWI task force, had them wear goggles that simulate how an intoxicated person would see things.

  • LV Elite takes state!

    Las Vegas Elite — a traveling team playing in the 11-and-under age division — is hoisting a state championship trophy.

    The Elite emerged victorious in its division at the USSSA state tournament held this past week in Rio Rancho.

    The  team conquered the Las Cruces Rhinos 12-4 in the  championship game after prevailing against the Albuquerque Hitmen in the semifinals.

  • Clemens off hook for perjury

    By Ronald Blum
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK  — Cleared in court, Roger Clemens will now take his case before a larger jury: some 600 Hall of Fame voters.

    Twelve jurors acquitted him Monday on charges of lying to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Come December, the voters will decide whether Clemens — one of the best pitchers in baseball history — should be granted or denied the game’s highest honor.

  • Isotopes drop last in Iowa

    A two-run homer in the seventh inning by Anthony Rizzo lifted Iowa to a 3-2 verdict over Albuquerque on Sunday, salvaging a Father’s Day win in a series that saw the Isotopes take three games in Des Moines and climb to 40-31.

    The ‘Topes led 2-0 midway through the first inning. Alfredo Amezaga answered with a solo home run in the Cubs’ half of the frame to make it 2-1.

    Trent Oeltjen, Alex Castellanos and Scott van Slyke each went 2 for 4 for Albuquerque.