Today's News

  • Lady Dons beat CHS

    Miranda Martinez led all scorers with 24 points and Vanessa Lucero recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead West Las Vegas over Class 4A Capital 57-46 in a girls’ basketball season opener on Nov. 23 in Santa Fe.

  • Wingate sharpshooter helps spoil Dons debut

    Saturday night was supposed to be all about the West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team and its season opener at Gillie Lopez Gym.
    But Lambert Michalski turned the night into his own personal highlight reel.

    Michalski scored 19 points in the first half and finished with 25 total to lead the visiting Wingate Bears to a 71-57 victory.

    Michalski opened the evening’s scoring by nailing a three-point basket and he accounted for the Bears’ first seven points, as well as 11 of their 17 in the first quarter.

  • A continuing distraction

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova has a month left of his term in his post. We sure wish he would step down now.

    We protested loudly when he took another job in September as a deputy sheriff in Valencia County while still collecting his paycheck of more than $40,000 a year as Mora County sheriff. With the other job, Cordova only worked about half of his 40-hour shift as sheriff.

  • Candidates should consider...

    Last week, potential school board members got some tips on what it’s like to serve on a board of education. The training was offered by a relatively new local group, the Community Committee for Better Schools.

    This group deserves credit for taking positive action to make sure we get good folks on our school boards. The elections are in February.
    Some people run because they’re hoping to take someone else off a board. That’s not a good reason for serving the community. One should have a genuine desire to improve our schools.

  • Que Pasa-Nov. 29, 2010

    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the U.S. Forest Service office, 1926 Seventh St. For more information, call 425-9088.


  • Mind over matters

    It’s not far-fetched to say that Robert “Bob” Johnston exhibits characteristics that fly in the face of some widely held generalizations about cognitive styles.

    By profession, he’s a retired petroleum engineer — the “technical/scientific” type. By avocation and personal vocation, he’s a poet, the “creative” type.


  • Pot user keeps his subsidy

    By David Giuliani
    Las Vegas resident Robert Jones will keep his housing subsidy after all.

    On Wednesday, the San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously to rescind an administrator’s previous decision to end the subsidy for Jones, a licensed medical marijuana user.

    Last month, Gilbert Almanza, the then-director of the county housing authority, sent Jones, 70, a letter informing him that he would lose his subsidy Nov. 30 because of his marijuana use.

  • Group seeks informed candidates

    A local group wants school board candidates in February’s election to prepare themselves for the issues at hand.

    Earlier this week, the Community Committee for Better Schools held a workshop for potential candidates. Two dozen people attended; some, including Las Vegas resident Patrick Alarid, acknowledged they were considering running for school board.

  • East denies request for jump drive

    The Las Vegas City Schools has denied the Las Vegas Optic’s request to examine materials that may have led to the suspension of Superintendent Rick Romero.

    Last week, the superintendent was placed on a seven-day suspension in connection with a violation of the district’s computer-use policy.

    On Tuesday, the Optic requested to look at a jump drive that allegedly contains materials that could have resulted in the superintendent’s suspension. A jump drive is a tiny data storage device.

  • Big hurdle: No. 1 Wildcats

    Robertson probably has a better football team than it did on Sept. 3.
    Just how much better will be determined on Saturday.

    The Cardinals are back in the Class 3A state semifinals and one game away from the state championship. But they’ll have the unenviable task of playing No. 1 Lovington on the road at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Two local radio stations are expected to broadcast the game live.