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Today's News

  • Expectations high for West Las Vegas volleyball

    Karli Salazar said that while she got to be a head coach of a high school volleyball team a lot sooner than planned, she was ready for the opportunity.

    Part of the reason is that she’d had ample experience learning the trade from two excellent mentors — her father Damon and the late Mary Bustos.

  • Speaker series begins at West

    Submitted to the Optic

    What does it mean to be a Don?

    That is a question West Las Vegas Athletic Coordinator Richard Tripp wants the student-athletes at WLV to know and find out.

    West Las Vegas Athletics has scheduled three nights this school year, in which student-athletes will participate in what is named, “West Las Vegas Student-Athlete Guest Speaker Night.” 

  • Pederson zeroes in on 30-30 club

    Joc Pederson pulled within one stolen base of the coveted “30-30” season Friday night, and his Albuquerque Isotopes defeated Colorado Springs 13-7 on the road.

    Albuquerque (59-74) was clicking, connecting for 20 hits, including Pederson’s 32nd home run of the summer.

    Pederson is looking to become the first player to record 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season in the modern era of the Pacific Coast League.

  • FYI - Sports - Aug. 22, 2014

    Parent signatures needed
    Parents of West Las Vegas High School fall sport student-athletes who did not attend the parent meeting on Aug. 18 must visit the WLV athletics office to sign a rules agreement in order for your children to participate.

    3-on-3 hoops tourney
    The Back To School 3-on-3 Slam is coming Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at the Wilson Complex parking lot. Fee is $100 per team with proceeds benefitting scholarships. Divisions in multiple age groups, both male and female. Call Ira Harge Jr., 426-7569, for details.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 25, 2014

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Oklahoma City RedHawks, 6:05 p.m., Oklahoma City, Okla.

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Oklahoma City RedHawks, 6:05 p.m., Oklahoma City, Okla.

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Oklahoma City RedHawks, 6:05 p.m., Oklahoma City, Okla.
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Clovis, 3 p.m., RHS field

    Thursday
    Baseball

  • Editorial cartoon: Throwing like a girl
  • Editorial: The sins of the father

    Two decades have elapsed since news first broke about child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in New Mexico, but the fallout continues.

    Four lawsuits were filed just last week against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men alleging that they were abused by priests as children. One of those lawsuits was filed by a 59-year-old Santa Fe man who says that when he was 7 or 8 he was sexually abused by a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas. That lawsuit names Our Lady of Sorrows Parish as a defendant, in addition to the archdiocese.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The earthships near Taos

    By Tom McDonald

    Let’s face it, we’ve really messed up the place.

    Sure, we take out the trash, but we really don’t get rid of it. We just hide it, and then pretend it’s really gone.

    But not everybody’s pretending. Some people actually pay attention to their mark upon the environment and work to leave a lighter footprint on the world in which they live.

    Some even build communities around such efforts. There’s one a few miles northwest of Taos — where the “earthships” are.

  • Luna’s LPN program recognized nationally

    Submitted to the Optic

    Statistics indicate that the need for Hispanic nurses in America is increasing. According to PracticalNursing.org, Luna Community College is doing its share to help. Luna was named the 21st ranked Hispanic-friendly Licensed Practical Nursing Program in the United States by PracticalNursing.org.

    According to PracticalNursing.org, the data used to determine the top friendly LPN program was obtained from the 2012 Integrate Post Secondary Education Data System. The programs’ completions were analyzed and ranked via the following process

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 25, 2014

    TODAY
    HOY
    • Free movie showing of a locally made documentary on the effects of fracking, 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 in the Lora Shields building - room 215.  This locally made documentary shows the effects of fracking in the Farmington area. Refreshments provided, and people in the movie will be there to answer questions. Lora Shields Building is on National between 8th and 11th on Highlands Campus. Look for signs and balloons. For more information, contact the Committee for Clean Water, Air and Earth at 426-1468

    WEDNESDAY