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  • Editorial cartoons - Sept. 12, 2014
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  • Nuestra Historia - Railroad by-passed Las Vegas

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    By 1871 there existed a transcontinental railroad across the United States, spanning the northern Great Plains, and soon plans were in place to run a rail line to the Southwest, roughly along the route of the Santa Fe Trail. Thus was commenced a new railway from Topeka, Kansas, to Santa Fe. (As early as 1863 the Atchison & Topeka Railroad added Santa Fe to its company name, when it decided that New Mexico’s capital city would be the southern destination of its rail line.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Sept. 12, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Tribune, Seymour on common sense and guns (Sept. 4):
    A little girl’s life was changed forever. A man’s life was brought to an abrupt end. A nation is left to wonder why and how it all happened.
    Recently, reports emerged from Arizona that a 9-year-old New Jersey girl had accidentally shot her firing-range instructor with an Uzi submachine gun. The instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, was standing next to the girl when she squeezed the trigger.

  • Noticias - Sept. 12, 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.

  • State Fair parade Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    In honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th anniversary as official “spokesbear” for wildfire prevention across the United States, the New Mexico State Fair has invited him to be the Grand Marshall for this year’s parade.

    Dan Mourning, EXPO New Mexico’s general manager, announced that Smokey and his friends from the New Mexico State Forestry Division have said yes.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 12, 2014


  • RHS grad receives scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nathan L’Esperance,  a 2014 Las Vegas Robertson High School graduate, has been selected as the recipient of the 33rd Annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.

    The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Las Vegas Robertson High School student-athlete who has excelled academically and participated in the football program.  

    An outstanding scholar athlete L’Esperance was the starting quarterback and captain of the RHS Cardinal Football Team.

  • Psychiatrist will highlight confab

    Submitted to the Optic

    How do we foster brain development and create safe and healthy environments for children to thrive?

    Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist who has served as a consultant in the Columbine school shootings and other traumatic events, will present on “The Power of Early Childhood” at the annual First Born® Conference taking place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort at Santa Ana Pueblo. Sept. 12 is the deadline for registration.

  • West Las Vegas Schools to celebrate homecoming

    Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas High School homecoming week starts Monday. This year’s them is “West Las Vegas: Where Dreams Come True.”

    Dress up days are: Monday - Opposite Day; Tuesday - Generation Day, freshman 70s, sophomores 50s, juniors 60s, seniors 80s, and faculty 20s; Wednesday - Twisted Disney, Thursday - freshman Star Wars, sophomores, Pixar, juniors ESPN, seniors Marvel and staff, Old School Disney; Friday - Green and Gold Day.

    A pep rally is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school gymnasium.