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Today's News

  • LETTER: Medicare is more efficient, too

    I would like to add to Glenn Yocum’s letter to the Optic published Sept. 11. Glenn’s letter indicated that he had received superior service from Medicare personnel than he did from any private insurer he contacted.  

    While I would echo his comments from my own experience, I would add something Glenn may not know. Medicare provides superior service at a much lower cost. The Medicare program spends 97 cents of every tax dollar they receive paying benefits and only 3 cents on administration.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The friends of Carnegie Library would like to extend an enormous thank you to the citizens and businesses of the city of Las Vegas for their overwhelming support of our annual raffle fundraiser. This year, we have five art pieces, donated by local artists that will each make a beautiful addition to the homes of our winners.

  • Dons win homecoming game

    West Las Vegas didn't take long to break its scoreless drought Friday night, and the George Martinez-to-Spencer Parson touchdown was just the beginning. The Dons won their homecoming game in a 49-6 romp over Crownpoint. See Monday Optic for details...

  • RMAC schools top cross-country rankings

    Adams State College is still the school to beat when it comes to distance running in NCAA Division II.

    It’s hardly a surprise, given the string of national championships the Grizzlies own, but ASC is ranked No. 1 in both men’s and women’s polls of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released Sept. 16.

  • Highlands may face budget cuts

    Highlands University officials are bracing for possible budget cuts because of an expected shortfall in revenue at the state level.

    President James Fries told the Board of Regents recently that a decline in state revenue will continue to be an issue for everyone in state government — including institutions of higher education.

    “It’s clear that the state’s revenues are not going to be as high as the projections that were used to create the current budget,” he said.

  • Letter: Caught scrambling for an excuse

    The claims by the Las Vegas mayor and city attorney that they did not have to turn over e-mails between the mayor and city councilors because they were communicated over a private account or a private nongovernment server is like saying that it’s not public record if the mayor and city councilors had a conference call over the mayor’s home phone or held a meeting at the mayor’s house.

      Nothing like “common sense” can effect the thinking of the political mind when scrambling for an excuse.

  • Brothers arrested in couple's 2007 deaths

    Two brothers have been arrested for the 2007 murder of a Las Vegas couple.

    Michael Vigal, 21, and JoeBary Vigal, 18, were taken into custody Monday night for the killing of Stephanie Dimas and Damian Lucero-Ortiz. The brothers were charged with homicide, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

  • Homecoming parade

    The West homecoming parade today will begin at 1 p.m. heading west on National to the Plaza, around Plaza Park and east on Bridge to 12th Street, south on 12th to Douglas, east on Douglas to Sixth, and north on Sixth to the Carnegie Library.

  • West Las Vegas spikers outgun Mora

    In a matchup between two area teams hoping to reach the state tournament in November, West Las Vegas pulled out a four-set win over Mora on Wednesday night at the Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

    Coach Brian Gurule’s Lady Dons prevailed 25-15, 18-25, 27-25 and 25-18. West improved to 3-4 overall; Mora fell to 4-4.

    Perhaps toughened by a recent clash with Class 4A power Goddard, the Lady Dons controlled game one in a 25-15 win.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb DOWN for ... WAY TOO MANY. It’s hard to keep up with the violence. The latest is the death of 59-year-old Ernest Gutierrez, who police say was killed by the hands of his son-in-law, Mica Murray. He was allegedly choked to death.

    By our count, that makes three homicides this year alone. According to FBI statistics, the national homicide rate is one per 20,000 people; here in San Miguel County, the rate this year alone is one in 10,000. And there have been at least 10 homicides in Las Vegas since May 2007.