Today's News

  • Noticias - Nov. 21, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.

    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 21, 2011


    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Franklin’s Thanksgiving” by Paulette Bouregeois and the character theme is “Franklin” The theme for the month is “Popular Characters.” All programs are free and open to the public.

    • Free Thanksgiving Dinner, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, at El Sombrero Restaurant, 825 Mills Avenue.

  • Never again

    With the five-year anniversary of one of the great tragedies of our community — an unspeakable tragedy for two Las Vegas families in particular — our thoughts turn to the victims, and to the heart-wrenching outcry: Never again.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 21, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Mountainside experiences

    By the time you read this, I should be in Arkansas visiting my parents and preparing for a trip into the Ozark Mountains, where about 50 of us McDonalds (along with other last names, thanks to various family extensions) will rent and take over a lodge for a massive holiday celebration.

  • Colts kick Cardinals out of playoffs

    Final score from Saturday’s Class 3A state football playoff game in Silver City: Silver 2, Robertson 1.

    Two to one as in two big momentum surges to one.

    Or maybe, given the nastiness that played out, it was two haymakers to one.

    The host Colts galloped to a 21-0 lead, watched as the Cardinals rallied to tie the score, then trotted off with 20 straight points to pull out a 41-20 victory.

  • Cowboy hoops split in Pueblo

    Former Pojoaque star Ryan Gonzales led all players with 15 points and helped New Mexico Highlands defeat Colorado College 71-49 Saturday in the 27th Annual Al-Kaly Classic hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo.

    Gonzales sank four three-point baskets and made three free throws to go with two assists, one rebound and a block. Marcus Williams added 11 points and Momcilo Latinovic had nine for NMHU (1-1).

    Highlands, which outshot Colorado College 42 percent to 37 percent and outrebounded its foe 41-34, led 33-18 at halftime.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 21, 2011

    No local varsity events

    • NMHU women at Oklahoma Panhandle State, 7 p.m., Goodwell, Okla.
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Capital (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    • NMHU men vs. Eastern New Mexico, TBA
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Peñasco (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • FYI - Sports - Nov. 21, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

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  • Staffing woes plague police

    A manpower shortage has forced state police to cut back on its 24-hour police patrols in San Miguel County.

    The staffing change has San Miguel County officials saying that it’s more important than ever for the county to bring on more sheriff’s deputies, though finding the money to do that is proving to be a challenge.