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Today's News

  • Report gives East praise, criticism

    Compared to other school districts, the Las Vegas City Schools fared relatively well in a recent state report.

    The Legislative Finance Committee has evaluated the City Schools, West Las Vegas, Bernalillo, Bloomfield and Aztec.

    The team of evaluators told the City Schools that the district did pretty well overall, but needed to look at a financial plan, compensation packages and student performance.

  • Area woman rescues dogs

    Unlike many dog lovers, Leslie Moniot isn’t looking for purebreds. She prefers mutts.

    That’s because she’s interested in rescuing canines, and plenty of places exist for purebreds. Not so for mixed breeds.

    Over the summer, she moved from a small town in southern California to Romeroville. Since 2001, she’s been providing homes for dogs.

    She takes in large dogs from animal shelters, usually just before they are about to be put down.

  • Villanueva couple wins $50,000

    Frank and Martha Gutierrez of Villanueva have won $50,000 through the New Mexico Lottery.

    Before turning in late the night of Dec. 20, the road-weary couple decided to play two New Mexico Lottery Scratchers purchased earlier in the evening while on their way home from Albuquerque. They found that they won a $50,000 prize.

    “I woke up every hour wondering, ‘What if this isn’t true?’” Martha Gutierrez recalled for lottery officials in Albuquerque.

    Frank Gutierrez was also in disbelief.

  • Stu Clark tourney under way

    An annual holiday treat for more than half a century, the 56th annual Stu Clark Tournament is tipping off today at the Wilson Complex.

    Tickets and tourney passes are available at the door and from various local merchants.

    In the opening session (1 and 3 p.m.), Stu Clark newcomer Del Norte takes on St. Pius X, and Artesia meets Portales.

    Day one’s evening session features West Las Vegas vs. Shiprock at 6 p.m., followed by Robertson vs. Bernalillo at 8.

    Monday winners play in the evening session on Tuesday; losers in the afternoon session.

  • Letter: Council right to reject invocation

    The City Council has unanimously rejected a proposal by Mayor Tony Marquez to open each meeting with an invocation, and rightfully so. There is no legal basis for including prayer at public meetings; there is, in fact, a legal basis to prohibit it.  Thankfully the City Council has the good sense to reject this second attempt to inject religion into the public square.

  • As It Is: Ignorance may be an excuse

    Ignorance of the law is no excuse — or so the authorities like to tell us. But I think ignorance may be a good excuse in Las Vegas.

    After all, we don’t have easy access to the ordinances that govern us.

    Many cities have ordinances available at their libraries or city halls. Not Las Vegas.

    Some municipalities actually have their laws online. Not Las Vegas.

  • Martinez is All-State player

    Robertson junior Daniel Martinez racked up more than 1,000 yards rushing as a quarterback for this year’s Cardinal football team.

    But it was Martinez’s defense that earned him a spot on the first team All-State as chosen by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Martinez’s work as a linebacker, one of the team leaders in tackles and pass break-ups, landed him on the first team. St. Michael’s linebackers Michael Aranda and Michael Lamb were other District 2-3A first-teamers.

  • Letter: Boxing tourney helps the city

    I’m just writing to thank and praise Mr. Carlos Crespin and New Mexico State Silver Gloves committee for bringing the tournament to Las Vegas. Not only does it bring the up and rising boxing stars to the community but it also gives Las Vegas a little economic boost right before the holidays. Families from around the state and from out of state get to travel to Las Vegas and enjoy the amenities.

  • Letter: Optic negative about Las Vegas

    I understand the editorial (titled “Blaming the messenger”). However the Optic, on occasion, does seem to be very negative about Las Vegas in its coverage and editorials. For folks who read the paper because they visit Las Vegas, it does not come across as friendly. Especially if the paper and visits to town are the only way we interact with the citizens of Las Vegas.

  • Editorial: Let's heal the breach

    When it comes to economic development, Las Vegas needs to put forward a united front. Anything less is unacceptable.

    Recently, the Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance told the city Lodgers Tax Advisory Board that it is interested in vying for the city contract held by the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce. It made arguments about how it could take on that role — its marketing plan in place, its relationships with various agencies, its securing of discounted rates for the placement of advertisements.