Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 27, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Teenagers: Mixed blessing

    I consider myself an authority on teenagers, even if they consider me an old geezer.
    Believe it or not, I was a teenager myself for several years. Now I’m the father of two teenagers, who have teenage friends who visit my house, eat my food and take away my nights of peaceful slumber.

  • Fiesta run on tap for Sunday

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    The 2011 Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run, including all ages, will take place Sunday, July 3.

    A 5-kilometer walk and 5K run will start at 7 a.m. at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds on Hot Springs Boulevard west of Las Vegas and a 10K run will start at 7 a.m. at the United World College in nearby Montezuma.

    The adult entry fee was $20 before Monday, and $30 after Monday and on race day.

  • LVLL: Champs repeat

    Santiago Gallegos singled to drive in the game-winning run by Arjay Ortiz, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 walk-off win over the Cardinals in the Las Vegas Little League Majors Division championship game on Saturday at Keyes Park.

    The dramatic comeback victory continues a string of titles for manager Rick Armijo’s Red Sox, who dominated their regular season opponents before running into some strong challenges in the LVLL playoffs this past week.

    No team pushed the Sox more than the Leonard Lucero-led Cardinals did on Saturday morning.

  • Lady Devils do it again

    The Stars never could crack the code offensively against Lady Devil pitcher Samantha Montaño and her teammates on Friday evening in the Las Vegas Little League softball championship game.

    The Lady Devils had no such problems, building a 10-0 lead early and ending up with a 15-0 shutout to repeat as champions.

    Alycia Hernandez scored three runs to lead the Lady Devils; she went 1 for 1 with one run batted in, drawing walks in her other two plate appearances.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports June 27, 2011

    • Las Vegas Little League Minors tournament: D-backs vs. Dodgers, Cardinals vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Cubs vs. Padres, Rockies vs. Mariners, 7:15 p.m.; Keyes Park
    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games, Young Bucks vs. Tecolote, 6:30 p.m.; Yo Momma vs. Buzzards, 7:30 p.m., city complex
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Bases Loaded vs. Bud-Dick’s-Night Owl, 6 p.m., Alta Vista vs. Lady Warriors, 7 p.m., NMHU field

  • FYI - Sports

    The City of Las Vegas is holding a family golf camp for the community during the month of July.

    The camp is designed for parents and their children to get out on the range and enjoy the game of golf. Sessions will cover fundamentals, use of irons and drivers, putting, chipping and full swing.

    Sessions are scheduled for July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27. Each session will be from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Camp cost is $65 for two; $15 each additional person.

    Children are not required to have their own clubs to participate.

  • Mom who fled caught in Tennessee

    A Las Vegas woman who fled the state after physical custody of her two children was granted to their father was captured this week in Tennessee.

    The arrest stems from a bitter custody dispute between Rebecca Montoya, 29, and Tomas Lucero, who is a state police officer. The children are 2 and 8 months.

    Montoya has said repeatedly that she fears for her life and the lives of her children, though Lucero has countered that Montoya has engaged in a “relentless campaign” to get him fired.

  • West’s Parson moving up

    The West Las Vegas school district is shifting three high-profile administrators around for the upcoming school year — promoting a principal and assistant principal and demoting an associate superintendent.

    Longtime West Las Vegas High School principal Gene Parson is leaving the post to become the district’s associate superintendent.

  • Growing up, naturally

    By Makane
    For the Optic

    I grew up running around my mother’s store with my cousin and the store’s orange cat, Jack, causing chaos and disorder wherever we went. That was 18 years ago, when the office space was in the front of the building and two birds lived upstairs. Semilla Natural Foods has always been my second home.