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Today's News

  • Luna faculty honor

    Luna Community College Culinary Arts Instructor Jessica McGee is the recipient of the school's Vice President's Outstanding Faculty Service Award for 2017-18.

  • Strengthen New Mexico — focus on families

    In recent decades, the structure of the New Mexican family has changed significantly.

  • Luna awaits HLC determination

    As the Higher Learning Commission's Board of Trustees is set to meet next weekend in Chicago, one of the items it will consider is whether Luna Community College will keep its national accreditation.

    Over the past vew months, while some Luna personnel have been working diligently on procedures and many other elements of the accreditation show-cause order issued by the HLC last fall, others have been working on the search for a new permanent president. 

  • Locals aim for District 4 Little League glory

    Hundreds of Little League players, coaches and fans are in town this weekend through Thursday for the District 4 championships, being hosted by La Plaza’s Rodriguez Park. (See the June 22 edition of the Optic for a schedule of games.)

    Here are the local rosters of All-Stars representing La Plaza, Las Vegas and Mora in the fray. Names are those furnished to the Optic by each league.

    8-10 BASEBALL

  • Aqua Zumba splashes into Rec

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is holding Aqua Zumba with instructor Carmel Pacheco Aragon on select Monday and Wednesday evenings through the end of August.
    Admission is $5 per class; passes good for six visits are available for $30.
    Upcoming class sessions are July 2 and 4, July 16 and 18, July 30 and August 1, August 13 and 15, and August 27 and 29, with a start time of 6 p.m.
    Call the Rec Center for more information.

  • LV mariachis to play at Topes game

    Mariachi Cardenal, the Las Vegas City Schools’ student mariachi group, will be among the scheduled performers for an Albuquerque Isotopes home game on Tuesday evening.

    For the second time this season, the Isotopes will take up their Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico alter ego as part of a Minor League Baseball promotion honoring Hispanic heritage. In this case, the Isotopes AKA Mariachis will be hosting the Sacramento River Cats for a 6:35 p.m. game at Isotopes Park.

  • Set pieces looming large at World Cup

    By Rob Harris
    The Associated Press
    VOLGOGRAD, Russia — The possession football championed by coaches like Pep Guardiola is supposed to produce aesthetically-pleasing goals. Against strong defenses and world-class goalkeepers, sometimes you need to go back to basics.
    This World Cup has started with a spate of goals off of set pieces and penalty kicks, as many teams have struggled to score in the run of play.
    Inevitably, superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been part of the story, on opposite sides.

  • City continues ‘Stage 0’ water restrictions

    The City of Las Vegas is continuing to impose “Stage Zero” water restrictions until further notice.

    Here are some of the provisions:

    • Even-numbered addresses can water outdoors on even numbered calendar days.

    • Odd-numbered addresses can water outdoors on odd numbered calendar days.

    • Irrigation is allowed only from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    •  Sprinklers shall be shut off during rainy and windy events.

  • One week to Fiestas

    For the 130th time, Fiestas de Las Vegas is about to draw families, dancers, music lovers and visitors from around the region to the Las Vegas Plaza.
    Beginning with La Reina Procession and Mass at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 29, and ending with fireworks at Gene Torres Golf Course on July 4, Fiestas will stretch over parts of six days this year.

  • Heading to the beach on Dad's day

    Fathers Day weekend turned out to be a popular time to visit Storrie Lake State Park.

    Temperate weather, a slight breeze and a host of enjoyment-seeking residents made Storrie Lake a popular spot Sunday, Father’s Day, as a host of people took their campers, jet skis, tents, rubberized canoes, fishing rods and picnic lunches to enjoy themselves at the lake, three miles north of town.

    By noon, most of the preferred camping spots had been filled.