Today's News

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    At least three killed in tornados

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Rev. Bob Marrone was pained to see the steeple of his 137-year-old church shattered and strewn on the grass in the central Massachusetts town of Monson, yet he knows he’s more fortunate than some of his neighbors who lost their homes after tornadoes tore through the state, killing at least three people and injuring about 200.

  • Annual baby pageant on Sunday

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Third Annual Baby Miss and Baby Mister Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.

    Fourteen baby girls and seven baby boys, ages 6 months to 5 years,  will be competing for the titles.

    The contestants will be judged by a panel of judges on beauty and personality in party/formal wear. The contestants with the highest judge’s score will be awarded the titles of Baby Miss and Baby Mister Las Vegas.

  • Grant: Four-time All-American

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    NEW ORLEANS — New Mexico HIghlands University’s Jillisa Grant was among the top honorees who earned All-America distinction as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association this week.

    Grant earned four All-American honors at the NCAA Division II outdoor championships May 26-28 in Turlock, Calif.

  • Hoops coaches hired in Vegas, Mora

    With the hirings of Ernie Rodriguez and Billy Page to take over West Las Vegas boys’ basketball and Robertson girls’ basketball, respectively, the two local school districts went on similar tracks — opting for out-of-towners who bring years of head coaching experience to the Meadow City.

    Rodriguez, who sat out of coaching last year, most recently was the head coach of boys’ basketball and football at Santa Fe Indian School. He takes over for Morgan Montaño, who was not rehired after three years in charge of the Dons.

  • Little League - June 3, 2011

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    TUESDAY, May 31
    La Plaza Majors: Marlins 3, Rockies 1
    La Plaza Minors: Phillies 9, Cubs 3
    LVLL Minors: Red Sox-Cubs, Mariners-D-backs, Dodgers-Rockies, Padres-Cardinals, no reports

    WEDNESDAY, June 1
    La Plaza Majors: Red Sox 7, Angels 6

  • Free fishing day Saturday in NM

    Summer vacation season is officially upon us, and what better way to celebrate than a day of free fishing at any of New Mexico’s public waters?

    Saturday, June 4, is Free Fishing Day in New Mexico, a special day when the State Game Commission grants anglers of all ages, residents and nonresidents, a day of free fishing in public waters statewide. No license, stamps or special permits are needed, although bag limits and all other fishing rules apply.

  • Go Fish - June 3, 2011

    Editor’s note: Attention anglers: Saturday, June 4, is Free Fishing Day in New Mexico, a special day when anglers of all ages — resident and nonresident — do not need a license to fish in public waters statewide. All other regulations apply. Also look for free children’s fishing clinics at various waters. For more information, please visit wildlife.state.nm.us.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports June 3, 2011

    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • FYI - Sports

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League will hold its annual board meeting with elections for leaders at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the NMHU Student Center Senate Chambers.

  • Mora County Notebook: VFW pays tribute to fallen soldiers

    In a flag raising ceremonial the VFW Post 1131 in Mora showed its respect in honoring those who have gone before them and gave the supreme sacrifice for our country.