Today's News

  • Natives start pharmacy program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas natives and cousins, Megan Martinez and Michael Padilla are part of the 69th pharmacy class at the University of New Mexico. They were formally welcomed into the program earlier this month at the 12th Annual White Coat ceremony held at Popejoy Hall on the UNM campus.

    They began their classes recently and are part of the 81 students selected for the program from more than 300 applicants.

  • $1.2M grant to boost math, science

    The Associated Press

    LAFAYETTE, La. — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been awarded a nearly $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to recruit and develop math and science majors into highly-qualified middle and high school teachers.

  • HU’s Garza studies volcano in France

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University graduate student Daniel Garza is the first researcher to produce a detailed geologic map of the Puy de Dome in central France, discovering that the iconic volcanic landmark likely developed in two phases rather than one, as scientists thought.

    At a height of 1,465 meters, Puy de Dome is the largest of 80 extinct volcanoes in the Chaine de Puys mountains range. Previous geologic research of the dome was limited to aerial surveys.

  • Offices, schools and banks closing for Labor Day

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

  • Noticias - Aug. 29, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to help with the medical treatment expenses for Joel Baca. He has been receiving medical treatment in Denver at the University of Colorado Hospital and is battling several medical problems. The donation account is under Joel Baca at Wells Fargo bank.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 29, 2014

    • West Las Vegas High School Class of 2004 10-year reunion, kick-off event at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 at El Rialto Restaurant and Lounge and a family barbecue at noon on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Storrie lake State Park. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kim Padilla-Zerangue at 303-396-8469 or Kenny Bachicha at 505-718-6497.
    • 104th Bean Day Celebration, Friday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m. bean cleaning party; and 7 p.m. street dance both at the Wagon Mound Fire House.


  • Football kicks off tonight

    It seems the road to the new Class 4A state football championship goes through Las Vegas — specifically Cardinal Stadium.

    The preseason pick to repeat as state champ, Robertson begins that road on Friday night at home with a game against Portales.

    Kickoff is 7 p.m.

    RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez said he doesn’t mind his team being in the spotlight ever since the Redbirds ran roughshod over opponents en route to the title — the school’s third state football championship — last December.

  • Back at it - Parks returns to sideline for RHS boys’ soccer

    In the match marking Ray Parks’ comeback to coaching as well as the very first “for real” competition of the fall sports season in the Meadow City, the Clovis Wildcats stole the show in a 2-0 final on Wednesday at RHS Field.

    Through the well-played first half, neither side could break through, although there were chances. At halftime, it was 0-0.

    Robertson’s goalkeeper Lorenzo Marquez, kept busy all afternoon, fared very well, nimbly covering the penalty area and turning away repeated attacks by the Wildcats.

  • City champs! Hackers defend title

    All’s well that ends well, the way the Hackers see it.

    A season-opening upset loss for the defending Las Vegas Adult Softball League men’s division champions only served as a wake-up call.

    “After suffering our first season loss in years, 8-15 by Balls Deep, we cruised through the rest of the summer going 11-1,” noted Hackers mainstay Carl Vigil.

  • Topes wrap up season with giveaways

    By Lee VanHorn
    Albuquerque Isotopes

    Fan Appreciation Weekend highlights the final homestand of the year for the Albuquerque Isotopes as they welcome the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets affiliate) to Isotopes Park for a four-game, five-day series that wraps up Monday at Isotopes Park.

    Over $30,000 in prizes will be given away throughout the weekend.