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Today's News

  • Straight from the City: A view from 50,000 feet

    I’ve written columns about some of the things we’re doing at the city to make things better, but I haven’t really shared with you the vision, the view from 50,000 feet that brings all of this together.

    I’m going to take a swing at that today.

    Las Vegas is a city with a proud and unique history. We have a great deal of wealth here. It lies in our culture, our people, our natural surroundings, our stories, our art, our architecture. Our wealth is beneath our feet and in our neighbors and all around us.

  • Just a Thought: Seeking stability in a world of storms

    By Rick Kraft

    I don’t know much about cows, but I’ve been told that to get maximum production from a cow, she needs to have a regular routine. The more disruptions in a cow’s routine, the less milk she produces.

    This concept applies to humans also. Life needs to have a routine. Most of it needs to be predictable. Predictability and stability mixed with goals and adventures can lead to a great existence.

  • Youngsters play on big stage

    Submitted to the Optic

    Several Las Vegas-area youth football players recently returned from national-level competition.

    Two-time All-Americans C.J. Perea and Tony Rubin were joined by first-time All-Americans Logan Vigil and David Olivarez this past weekend in the Youth All-American Bowl in Atlanta.

    Perea and Rubin played for Team Blitz AA6 and AA10. Vigil and Olivarez played on Team Beast AA5. Games were played at The Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the Campus of Kennesaw State University.

  • Ninjas, Rebels play winter soccer

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    For weeks, members of Las Vegas’ Meadow City Soccer Club trained in freezing temperatures in preparation to close their 2016 season at a 3v3 LIVE! soccer tournament in Las Cruces.  

    That preparation paid off Dec. 10 when the Ninjas U10 3v3 boys swept their competition for gold and the Rebels U12 girls, in their first 3v3 tourney, split 2-2 for a bronze.

    The Ninjas, led by head coach Ian Williamson, played five games in as many hours and outscored their competition 33-13.

  • Rematch looms for Alabama, Clemson

    The Associated Press

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson doesn’t think an offensive coordinator change a week ahead of the national championship game will bother the Crimson Tide.

  • County manager resigns

    San Miguel County’s longest-serving county manager has resigned.

    Les Montoya, who held the position for 17 years, notified commissioners of his decision late Tuesday. The resignation was effective at 5 p.m. that same day.

    “This is not a decision undertaken lightly,” Montoya wrote in his resignation letter. “It is a decision made with careful thought and deliberation.”

    The resignation comes three days after the county’s three new commissioners were sworn in.

  • Ex-school chief sues Mora district

    The Associated Press

    A northern New Mexico school district whose superintendent resigned in disgrace over allegations of faking credentials is facing a lawsuit from another former superintendent.

    Dora Romero is suing the Mora Independent School District and board member George Trujillo over allegations she was let go because of her gender and because Trujillo wanted to give his nephew a job.

    The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque says the board, led by Trujillo, fired Romero so the board could hire Charles Trujillo.

  • Hatchery making a difference

    The Mora National Fish Hatchery, nestled off N.M. 434 in Mora County, is having a huge impact with its work in restoring the threatened Gila trout.  The refuge is dedicated to the restoration and recovery of the trout, a fish found only in high desert and mountain watersheds in the Gila, Salt and Verde drainages in the state and in neighboring Arizona.

  • Highlands names School of Social Work dean

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands named Cristina Durán as the new dean of the university’s Facundo Valdez School of Social Work.
    Durán has served as the school’s interim associate dean since July, 2014.

    “I’ve been with the school for many years in a variety of roles,” Durán said. “I want to be a strong part of seeing the school grow and find new ways to respond to the needs of people in the state and region.”

  • Las Vegas resident casts Electoral College vote

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    Las Vegas resident Noyola Padilla-Archibeque had a distinctive vote to make last month as she was one of the five electors in the state to cast an electoral college vote. In December, Padilla-Archibeque met with four other New Mexico electors at the state capitol in Santa Fe to cast votes for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, winner of the state’s popular vote.