Today's News

  • Noticias - Jan. 18, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • Benchmarks for progress

    The No Child Left Behind initiative, started in George W. Bush’s first term, had its strengths. It gave needed emphasis to the fact that every child, no matter how disadvantaged, deserves a good education, and that our public schools cannot leave behind a few for the sake of the many.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 18, 2012
  • Work of Art - What grade did you get?

    At least we passed out a syllabus. Yes, the course outline  that we gave out on the first day of class explained what a student needed to do to pass the class.

    So, the students at least had some direction: In order to earn a certain grade in this class, thou shalt accomplish certain things. But that’s only part of the issue, as some believed that simply by performing various tasks they were guaranteed an “A.” The other part of the equation was how well they did the work.

  • Elway sticking with Tebow as starter

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Pro Football Writer

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.  — The debate over Tim Tebow’s worthiness as an NFL quarterback will undeniably continue in the offseason.

    What’s not in doubt is his status as the Denver Broncos’ starter.
    The team sought to curb the circus that’s sure to surround Tebow over the next several months by declaring him the incumbent at a season-ending news conference Monday.

  • Weekend Roundup - Robertson’s Montoya earns title in elite tourney

    Still just a freshman at Robertson High, Rico Montoya has already won one state tournament. This past Saturday, he won another.

    Montoya, part of an abbreviated Robertson delegation, won the 113-pound division of the Joe Vivian Classic held Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque High. The Joe Vivian Classic is widely considered the premier regular-season wrestling tournament in New Mexico and is often dubbed the “true” state tournament, because it brings most of the best grapplers in the state, regardless of classification, to one event.

  • Highlands teams return from Nebraska empty-handed

    The Nebraska trip is almost always a foreboding weekend for Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference basketball teams, and this year was no different for New Mexico Highlands, whose men’s and women’s squads went a combined 0-for-4 at Chadron State and Nebraska-Kearney.

    Coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys are now 8-8 overall and 6-6 in the RMAC.

    Tiffany Darling’s Cowgirls are 8-8 and 4-8.

    Eagles 87, Cowboys 75

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 18, 2012

    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Pecos (A,B), 5:30 p.m., Sanchez Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Mora (A,B), 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    No varsity events scheduled

  • City worker stabbed on job

    A city of Las Vegas employee was arrested after he allegedly attacked another employee with a knife outside City Hall during a break from safety training Thursday morning.

    City utlities employee Christopher Gallegos, 30, who lives on the 1600 block of South Pacific, has been charged with one count each of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, said Las Vegas police Chief Christian Montaño. Gallegos was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. Magistrate Philip Romero set his bond at $10,000.

  • East schools chief gets high marks

    Las Vegas City Schools Interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez received high marks for her work by the east side school board on Thursday afternoon.

    The board met for a special work session to discuss midyear budget review and to evaluate McNellis-Martinez, who has led the district for several months. The criteria for her evaluation was approved in September. The results of her evaluation were revealed after a four-hour executive session.