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Today's News

  • Cowboys stun No. 13 Wolves, win series

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys have started to roll as they have won three straight in a four-game series over nationally ranked No. 13 Colorado State-Pueblo.

    The Cowboys took the first three games by scores of 2-1, 20-4 and 17-16.

    Game one was a pitchers' duel as NMHU’s Drew Vassil and CSU-Pueblo's Mario Mattivi squared off. Vassil took this battle as he allowed only eight hits and one earned run in his nine-inning complete game performance. Vassil struck out four CSUP batters en route to his fourth win of the season.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Champion Dons baseball teams of '68, '78 back for more

    Not doing anything March 28, 2009? Dons’ baseball head man, Dean Gallegos, is having a Day of Baseball at the West Las Vegas Baseball Field.

  • Video rental chain store closes its doors

    Blockbuster Video Superstore in Las Vegas has closed its doors.

    Regional Manager Nicole Dinsman said that Las Vegas’ Blockbusters was part of a franchise group, Serendipity Entertainment. Serendipity Entertainment is in Kansas City, Mo. 

    Dinsman said the Las Vegas Blockbuster store had only one full-time employee — the store’s manager. The other seven employees were part time, Nicole said.

  • Officials warned in secret memo

    At least one City Council member cannot be trusted to follow the city’s ethics code because the member has released confidential e-mails to the public, the city’s attorney says.

    In a confidential memo to the council on March 9, City Attorney Carlos Quiñones said a story in the March 2 Las Vegas Optic makes clear that someone is releasing e-mails in violation of the ethics code and his legal advice.

  • Board renews school chief's contract

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu will spend at least another year at his post after the school board renewed his contract last week.

    After a two-hour closed session, board Chairwoman Christine Ludi announced the terms of the contract in which Abreu’s salary will remain at $115,000.

    The week before, the board tabled the matter after spending five hours behind closed doors evaluating the superintendent’s performance.

    Board vice president Gary Gold said Abreu has done a tremendous job for the district during his tenure.

  • City gets out word: outside of town

    When the mayor wanted to get the word out about a committee that he was planning to form, he didn’t go to the local newspaper. And he didn’t inform the City Council as a whole.

    Instead, he placed a paid advertisement in the Albuquerque Journal’s northern edition on Thursday. It appeared a day after reports from City Hall indicated that Mayor Tony Marquez, upset with recent Optic coverage of his administration, had it be known that he no longer wanted any of the city’s advertising to go to the local newspaper.

  • District gets credits on project

    An official giving a tour of the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School construction project asked a visitor this week, “When was the last time the school district got money back from a construction project?”

    But that’s exactly what’s happening with Don Cecilio, said Jerry Maestas, the West Las Vegas school district’s construction manager.

    At last week’s West Las Vegas school board meeting, architect Antonio Ortega laid out the details on the work being done at Don Cecilio.

  • Officials respond to Lee residents

    The city has been going in circles recently when it comes to Lee Drive.

    Last week, however, the Las Vegas City Council arrived at a decision about the controversial roundabout at Lee and Kierig Street: Keep it.

    The city built the roundabout and approaching medians last year in response to residents’ complaints about speeding in their neighborhood.

  • LETTER: The money is there

    So West Las Vegas Schools are short $81,000 for transportation. Wonder if the “powers that be” ever consider streamlining, or even consolidating administrative services with their mirror organization at Las Vegas City Schools? It wouldn’t affect the funding formula for students at either district and would free up hundreds of thousands of dollars for actual education, or even $81,000 budget shortfalls.

  • LETTER: Praise for new city manager

    I am so glad that the city stopped “saving money” and hired a city manager. This young man from Santa Rosa grabbed the “bull by the horns” at his first City Council meeting.

    The issue was the roundabout on Lee Avenue. There were several solutions offered from the public and quotes about the wants of the neighborhood thrown about. First shot out of the box, our city manager calls for a public input meeting the following Monday evening.

    Eighteen citizens were in attendance and voted. Did you hear me? I said voted their wishes to the city manager.