Today's News

  • Letter: Jesus would vote against city prayer

    This letter is in response to some criticism of my comments opposing public prayer in City Council meetings.

  • Stu-pendous! Cardinals win Stu Clark tourney title

    Tuesday night may have been a Hollywood ending for the Robertson Cardinals, but Wednesday evening was a horror movie, albeit one with a positive outcome for RHS fans.

    The Cardinals outlasted Shiprock 62-50 in a game plagued by turnovers and subpar shooting to clinch the championship in the 56th annual Stu Clark Tournament before hundreds of fans at the Wilson Complex.

  • Year-End Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... HOMICIDES AND VIOLENCE. Three homicides in a single year — 10 in less than years — is a lot for a town the size of Las Vegas. In fact, it’s murder rate akin to Detroit’s, a big city with tremendous problems. So what’s causing it here?

    We could speculate as to the causes — and there are many, we surmise — but let’s hope the anti-crime task force that Mayor Tony Marquez is putting together will provide the kind of insights that will help us address this continuing tragedy in 2010.

  • A farewell column: Moving on

    By the time you read this, I will no longer be employed by the Optic.

    There’s no rancor on either side; it’s a corporate downsizing thing, and in this respect, I’m another casualty of the recession — I’ve got plenty of company in that, nationwide.

    On the upside, I had no idea when I hired on that I would be with the Optic this long.

  • 2009: A look at the year's top stories

    Unlike in years past, Optic readers got to select the top stories for the year 2009, and the results reveal considerable correlation with selections of the Optic’s editorial staff, which elected this year to let subscribers decide.

    Topping the list was the multiple homicides in the Las Vegas area over the last year.

  • Lady Cards reach Goddard final

    Beset by a string of injuries and some disappointing losses in the first half of the season, the Robertson girls’ basketball team needed a pick-me-up during the holidays.

    They got it.

    Playing what head coach Aunna Bradley called their strongest basketball to date, the Lady Cardinals reached the championship game of the Goddard Invitational before losing to hometown team Roswell 50-44 on Wednesday.

    “We led most of the game,” Bradley noted. “Then they hit a couple of threes and took the lead from us.”

  • Mayor says he won't run again

    After two years at the helm, Mayor Tony Marquez announced this week that he would not run for another term.

    In March 2008, he trounced Mayor Henry Sanchez with nearly 40 percent of the vote in a five-way race. He came in promising to bring greater accountability and transparency and ending politics as usual.

    In a press release on Wednesday, Marquez said he wanted to spend more time on his faith, his family and on fitness. He also said he would explore his political options.

  • Letter: Father assaulted, nothing done

    It troubles me that the New Mexico State Police in Las Vegas can take its time to complete and investigate an assault. (As of this writing) it has been over 12 days since my 75-year-old father was assaulted by two brothers in their 20s and yet my father is the victim and the two brothers, who assaulted him, are free.

  • Letter: Lujan visits are disingenuous

    These so-called visits with the citizens in Las Vegas by our new (hopefully one-term) Congressman Ben Ray Lujan are fake and only intended to make Mr. Lujan appear interested in what we have to say. He has held only one public town hall meeting — immediately after he was elected. Now, he comes to town and only meets with selected citizens (like George Bush used to do) or with those folks who happen to hear about it weeks ahead of time and make an appointment to speak to him for five minutes in private. Does he think he is the Pope or what?

  • Pius smashes debuting Del Norte

    The Knights didn’t get to play in the nights at all in their first Stu Clark Tournament.

    Del Norte, the lone newcomer in this year’s tournament field, got to open the first afternoon session of the Meadow City’s 56th annual holiday hoops showcase on Monday. Trouble is, they had to face a restless bunch from St. Pius X eager to trade daylight basketball for prime time.

    Putting on a clinic of fundamental hoop skills, Damian Segura’s Pius team was a runaway winner 63-25.