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Today's News

  • Tripp to head WLV athletics

    One of West Las Vegas’ proudest alumni is due to make his return to the school district, this time in the position of athletic coordinator.

    Richard Tripp, who most recently has worked as a play-by-play radio and Internet sportscaster, said he has accepted the post for the upcoming school year.

    Herman Gallegos had served as athletic director for the 2013-14 school year, succeeding Jose “Majic” Medina. Andrea Gabaldon will remain as the top assistant in the WLV athletics office.

  • Trinidad too tough

    The Trinidad-Las Vegas final score was lopsided, a 20-7 tally better suited for a football game.

    But the statistical results didn’t keep the Las Vegas Train Robbers’ fighting spirit in check after a losing effort for the second night in a row in their own yard.

    Corey Deighan’s angry words for game umpires late in Wednesday’s four-hour marathon earned him an ejection.

  • Reigning champion Spain eliminated by Chile

    By Paul Logothetis
    AP Sports Writer
    RIO DE JANEIRO — Spain’s players had different explanations for the team’s early World Cup exit.
    Captain Iker Casillas said there was lack of commitment, midfielder Xabi Alonso thought there wasn’t enough hunger. According to Fernando Torres, Spain was “just not good enough.”
    Chile’s 2-0 victory on Wednesday meant the 2010 World Cup champion is the first title holder to exit after just two games following the opening 5-1 loss to the Netherlands.

  • Go Fish - June 20

    Fishing report, June 9
    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Charette Lakes: Trout fishing was good with several limits caught by anglers using salmon peach Power Bait. No reports on perch..

  • Looking ahead - Sports - June 20, 2014

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at White Sands Pupfish, 6:30 p.m., Alamogordo
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Omaha Royals, 6:05 p.m., Omaha, Neb.

    Saturday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at White Sands Pupfish, 6:30 p.m., Alamogordo
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 6:05 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa

    Sunday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at White Sands Pupfish, 6:30 p.m., Alamogordo
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 12:05 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa

  • BREAKING: Arrest made in city's latest homicide

    A 39-year-old man is dead and another man is facing a murder charge following a stabbing early Tuesday morning on the 2400 block of Dalia Street.

    David Jude Lucero, also 39, is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond. He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder.

    The victim, Raymond A. Chavez, died at the scene.

    For more on this story, pick up a copy of Friday's Optic.

  • 2 charged in heroin bust

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force says the recent arrest of a San Miguel County couple will “strike a significant blow” to a heroin trafficking organization operating in and around Las Vegas.

  • Serving up lunch - Summer meal programs under way

    Area youngsters have a place to grab breakfast and lunch this summer courtesy of programs at Las Vegas City Schools and the West Las Vegas School District. The annual summer food service program at Las Vegas City Schools has started as well as the Seamless Summer program at West Las Vegas Schools. Both school districts are offering breakfast and lunch at no cost for children 18 and younger.

  • Acting city manager confirmed

    The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously Monday to confirm Elmer Martinez as acting city manager, signaling that a new day has arrived at City Hall.

    Martinez, a longtime city employee who has previously served as acting city manager, received a standing ovation from the governing body and from many in the audience following the vote.

    “I have nothing but high confidence in Mr. Martinez,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said as he offered his congratulations.

  • Highlands reunion set for next week

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is calling all alumni for its first-ever Summer Alumni Reunion June 27–28, with a special shout out to the class of 1964 on its 50-year golden anniversary.