Today's News

  • What was said in all those unrecorded grad speeches?

    This column was originally published in 2012.

    Unless one lives up on Hermit’s Peak as the hermit did so long ago, one can’t help but be aware that graduation time is here.

    Yes, I can say I have been there and done that a couple of times.
    I graduated from Robertson High School in 1950, and four years later from Highlands University, right here in Las  Vegas.

  • Rubber-duck race at NMHU swimming pool Friday

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Rubber ducks will be swimming the waters of the Highlands University swimming pool Friday, June 15, to raise money for student success.

    Meet at 11 a.m. at the university’s swimming pool in its natatorium at 908 Baca Ave. to cheer for your little ducky in the race.

    “The duck race is a fun way to show off our facilities, stay cool in the summer, and raise money for student scholarships and important university programs,” said Juli Salman, Alumni Office director.

  • Adding value when you walk into a room

    Do you add value when you walk into a room?

    Think about this. When you enter a room do you add or subtract from what is happening in the room? When you leave the room what do you leave behind?
    This question can apply to countless interactions including with your family, those you work with, your faith family, organizations you belong to, and activities you participate in.

  • Richie Cole helps launch Las Vegas ‘music ops’

    Get out your dancing shoes and your swing skirt. Richie Cole is heading back to Las Vegas. A year ago, he and his Alto Madness Band played to a sold-out crowd.

    As Bill Anderle testified, “There was a lilt in the audience. We were all transported into a joyful event which swept away the trials and tribulations of the last couple of months.”

    Local artist, photographer and sax player Bob Henssler was sure he’d heard Cole before. In the late 1960’s when Bob was in the Marines, he would head to the Boston USO when he was at liberty.

  • Rules for retirement

    Our area’s oldest and longest-term residents have earned our respect and our admiration. They have the life experience, often specific career-field skills and, often, a working knowledge of their community and its history.

    We appreciate their contributions and rely on their leadership and passing along lessons — both positive examples and stories of mistakes to avoid repeating.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 10, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 10, 2018.

  • Seventh inning keys Topes' win

    Despite getting only five hits against Iowa’s pitching Thursday evening, the Albuquerque Isotopes proved efficient in a 3-1 win at Principal Park in Des Moines.

    The Isotopes (31-29) capitalized on three walks and one hit in the seventh inning to put three runs on the board. That broke a scoreless stalemate and was enough for the visitors to take their second win in three days against the Cubs (23-35).

  • Majic move: Longtime WLV coach leaving for RHS job

    In filling its newly vacant girls’ basketball coaching position, Robertson High School didn’t have to look too far.

    Jose “Majic” Medina, the longtime head coach across the river at West Las Vegas, has reportedly accepted the Lady Cardinals’ head coaching position.

    Juan Carlos Fulgenzi, director fo co-curricular activities for the Las Vegas City Schools, confirmed that Medina had been selected for the vacancy. Interviews of several candidates took place throughout the day Wednesday.

  • Quintana out at RHS softball

    Robertson is looking for a new head softball coach.

    The school will be looking to replace head coach Michael Quintana, ending Quintana’s three-year run leading the program.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper told the Optic earlier this week that the coach would not be returning but declined to discuss publicly the reasons for that decision.

    Quintana himself said he chose to resign as of late last week. “Despite the rumors going around, I was not fired, nor was I under investigation.”

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 10-13

    SUNDAY (June 10)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Omaha Storm Chasers, 1:05 p.m., Omaha, Neb.


    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Omaha Storm Chasers, 11:05 a.m., Omaha, Neb.
    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Adult League games: Lady Jags vs. I’d Hit That, 6:30 p.m.; AVRH Scrubs vs. I’d Hit That, 7:30 p.m.; Dirty Dicks vs. Blaze, 8:40 p.m., Rodriguez Park