Today's News

  • Shame on the adults

    First, let’s acknowledge that what happened at Rodriguez Park a few days ago — when the president of La Plaza Little League pulled a rifle during an argument involving a couple of coaches — is an outlandish exception. Most adult La Plaza participants don’t behave that way.

    We hope this will be the one and only time that we’ll ever have to report that a firearm was pulled at a Little League game, but the fact that it happened gives us great pause. Something’s terribly wrong when adults behave in this manner and in such a place.

  • Editoral Cartoon - June 18, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The rises and falls of the Vigils

    Last week I offered up some post-election tidbits based on the results of the June 5 primary elections, but I saved this one for a column of its own. Put into context, it’s much bigger than a tidbit.

    Two primary elections resulted in the defeat of two Vigils from the Valley. Richard Vigil, a state representative since 1999, was beaten by Tomás Salazar, who received 56 percent of the vote. Rep. Vigil will serve out his term and Salazar is poised to take his place in January 2013.

  • Detoured but not deterred - Chavez triumphs in inaugural Fabian Trujillo Memorial Run

    Henrique Chavez, the winner of Saturday morning’s inaugural Fabian Trujillo Memorial Run, apparently enjoyed the course so much that he extended it by a few hundred strides.

    Chavez went off course and had to backtrack but still won the 5-kilometer race in a comfortable 17 minutes and 36 seconds.

    Afterward, the Mora native and New Mexico Highlands University cross country runner joked about it on Facebook:

  • Isotopes cage the I-Cubs

    John Ely was stingy.

    His Isotopes pitching teammates out of the bullpen were even stingier.

    And with Albuquerque again making things happen at the plate Saturday night, the ‘Topes scored a big 9-1 road win over the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines.

    Ely (7-4 with a 3.16 earned run average) gave up seven hits in five innings but just one earned run and struck out six I-Cubs.

    Relievers Cole St. Clair, Blake Johnson and Angel Guzman worked an inning each, allowing four hits combined and no runs as Albuquerque picked up its 40th win in 70 games.

  • Prep girls’ basketball camp this week at NMHU

    With one segment of the Highlands women’s basketball camp season in the books, what Cowgirl head coach Tiffany Darling describes as “the best camp we have all summer” runs Monday through Wednesday on campus.

    The Cowgirl Skills Academy is designed for high school players (fees are $100 per player or $500 for an entire high school team of 10-12). It will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each of those three days and will include lunch.

    Coaches are also invited to learn new skills drills and other techniques.

  • LVLL tourneys to begin

    Las Vegas Little League majors tourney games for Monday: Cardinals vs. Cubs, 5:30 p.m., Angels vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.

    LVLL minors tourney games: Red Wings vs. River Cats, 5:30 Monday, Owls vs. Volcanos, 7:30 Monday, bats vs. Sand Gnats, 5:30 Tuesday.

    LVLL softball tourney games on Tuesday: Lady Longhorns vs. Psychlones, 5:30 p.m., Pink Sox vs. Stars, 7:30 p.m.

  • Lawless Little League

    Its mission is to build character, courage and loyalty in its players and to give them the foundation to make smart judgments in the many problems life may have in store for them, but you wouldn’t know that from an incident that played out at Rodriguez Park last Friday as two games were under way.

  • Unassuming Hero - Firefighter honored for saving life

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    At about 4 a.m. on Feb. 10, 2011, the Las Vegas Fire Department received a call about a “fully engulfed structure” on Church Street.

    Fireman Julian Lopez, 24, had no idea that within minutes he would be pulling a fellow firefighter to safety from the inferno.

    Lopez was recently awarded a Medal of Valor — the LVFD’s second-highest honor — for the courage he showed during that frigid early morning of the Church Street blaze.

  • Money woes may force 4-day week

    Las Vegas City Schools may have no choice but to switch to a four-day school week due to budget constraints next year after all.

    On Tuesday afternoon, the board met to discuss and approve next year’s preliminary budget.