Today's News

  • LETTER: Work together for a safer crossing

    In response to Mr. Paul Gray, engineer for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, published Jan. 16-18 in the Optic (“Another killed in train wreck”): your assumption will not bring back the two people who got killed. This is called passing the buck. I don‘t have an engineering degree, but I don’t believe it’s the City of Las Vegas’ responsibility. There are two roads that access this crossing: one is Rio Arriba and the other is Aragon Road. The crossing provides access to either road; these are state or county roads.

  • Cowboys take lead in RMAC West

    Guess who’s No. 1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West men’s basketball race?

    Under coach Joe Harge, the Cowboys are 15-5 overall and 9-3 in the RMAC, rivaling the better starts the team made two decades ago under then-coach Henry Sanchez.

    The latest triumph came Tuesday night, a 90-67 rout of Colorado State-Pueblo (9-11, 6-6).

    A 23-3 Cowboy run midway through the first half turned a one-point deficit into a 39-20 lead. Highlands held on to that lead, which reached a 20-point margin — 53-33 — by halftime.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Teacher, principal on leave because of alleged sexual misconduct, official says

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed Thursday that he made the decisions to put a principal and a teacher on leave because of allegations of sexual misconduct.

    Romero also said he turned the cases over to the Las Vegas Police Department, which will conduct its own investigations into the charges.

    "It's not our place to determine what's criminal and what's not. That's law enforcement's job," Romero said. "We're taking this seriously."

  • Luna CC baseball, softball home openers this week

    Luna Community College’s softball and baseball teams will open up their home season at noon on Friday at the city’s La Plaza Fields.

    The softball team will be making its debut, while the baseball team is in its fourth year and following its winningest season to date. Both squads will take on Frank Phillips College of Borger, Texas.

    LCC President Pete Campos along with Vice President of Instruction Vidal Martinez are scheduled to throw the ceremonial first pitch.

  • Las Vegas still goes without city clerk

    On Jan. 21, the City Council approved the recommendation to hire Jeanne-Marie Crockett as the new city clerk.

    She was in attendance during that meeting, but shortly after, she decided not to take the job.

    In an interview this week, Crockett said there was a difference between the salary amount she was given during the interview process and what she was informed in writing. As such, Crockett, who works at Santa Fe Community College, didn’t accept the offer. She wouldn’t say what the varying amounts were.

  • Refuge officials report illegal dumping problem

    The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge has come under recent attack from litterbugs and illegal dumpers, officials say.

    A large projection screen television was dumped near the entrance to the visitor center and office of the refuge on Jan. 27. The excitement and awe-inspiring views of sandhill cranes and Canada geese flying over the visitor center and the Quintana Overlook is diluted when visitors are faced with the signs of abuse to their refuge, officials said.

  • Rangerettes smack SF Prep

    Melanie Romo took care of the first half; Clarissa Garcia handled the second.

    Mora’s girls’ basketball team opened its District 4-2A schedule with a 62-27 romp over Santa Fe Prep on Wednesday evening, getting big offense from those two Rangerette starters.

    Romo, Mora’s center, scored 17 of her team-high 19 points by halftime, leading the Rangerettes to a 24-13 lead. Mora’s team defense had held the Blue Griffins to three points in the first eight minutes.

  • City fires utilities director

    Utilities Director George Du Four’s car broke down on the way from Albuquerque, so he couldn’t make it to Wednesday’s City Council to argue against his firing.

    A councilman supporting Du Four pleaded for a delay — to no avail. By a 3-2 vote, the council fired the director.

    After a week and a half of secrecy, Mayor Tony Marquez finally revealed the reason why he wanted to let Du Four go: He contended the director had adjusted customer accounts in violation of city ordinance.

    No details were given.

  • Sporting goods store opens doors

    National sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports has opened its newest store in Las Vegas.

    The new Hibbett Sports store opened at 2500 Seventh St. in Las Vegas on Friday and will employ eight full- and part-time team members.

    Announcing the opening, Mickey Newsome, chief executive officer of Hibbett Sports, said, “Las Vegas is another great market for Hibbett Sports. We think Hibbett Sports will be a great addition to Las Vegas. We believe this convenient new location is a win-win for Hibbett Sports and the Las Vegas community.”

  • EDITORIAL: Chaos at City Hall

    Public officials should be held accountable, and that includes Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez.        Before last year’s election, we endorsed his candidacy for mayor, expecting him to be a breath of fresh air at City Hall. We supported his vision of transparency and accountability — and still do.

    But we have come to disagree with how he has tried to carry out that vision. He has brought great instability to city government, and that has high costs for our community.