Today's News

  • A good day to vote

    In 2007, not long after this newspaper broke a story about an adults-only party thrown with West Las Vegas School District money, voters decided to change the leadership by electing three newcomers to the school board. Of the three open positions in that election, two incumbents seeking re-election were thrown out and three challengers — Gary Gold, Caroline Lopez and Kenny Lujan — were voted in, and a new majority took hold.

  • Publisher’s Note: Civility and passion

    All this “return to civility” chatter since the wake of the Arizona massacre, which left six people dead and a congresswoman with brain damage, is a good thing. It’s about time we re-learned civility in our national discourse.

    I realize it wasn’t hate-filled rhetoric that led to that shooting, it was a mentally deranged schizophrenic. But if that Arizona sheriff, who spoke from the heart about how the rhetoric contributed, caused the nation to tone down its hostilities toward one another, then maybe something good will have come out of it all.

  • Martinez hits 29; Mora triumphs

    The largest crowd of the season jammed Gillie Lopez Gym on Thursday night to see Mora — one of Class 2A’s hottest teams — run past West Las Vegas 79-67.

    Tyler Martinez seemed to relish the spotlight. The Rangers sophomore scored nine of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter to mitigate a late Dons surge. In truth, Martinez burned the Dons from everywhere — popping three-pointers, slashing surgically through the lane, and finally connecting from the foul line.

  • ‘Thunder’ struck

    China Smith turned Massari Arena in Pueblo, Colo., into “China Grove” on Friday evening as her Highlands Cowgirls upended host Colorado State-Pueblo 60-52.

    Smith hit nine of 18 shots for 22 points to go with 12 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and one assist in 30 minutes of play.

    Domonique Rivera (nine points, 10 boards) and Whitley Coca (10 points, six assists) preserved the win by sinking important free throws in the closing moments.

    Briana Gholston added 10 points for NMHU.

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  • RHS third in Cardinal Classic

    Even without several top wrestlers, the Robertson Cardinals are dangerous.

    Missing key personnel, RHS managed a third-place team placing just behind Aztec and Silver in this past weekend’s 22-team Cardinal Classic at Mike Marr Gym.

    Three Robertson grapplers emerged with individual titles. In the finals, Gabe Lovato (215 lbs.) edged Kirtland Central’s Santana Tunney, Daniel Martinez (160) scored a technical fall over Belen’s Anthony Burgueno, and Rico Montoya (103) pinned Belen’s Pat Armijo.

  • Montaño named new PD chief

    It was a packed house at the Las Vegas City Council chambers Wednesday, with most in the audience there to see a promotion.

    Surrounded by family, friends and police officers, Christian Montaño, an 18-year veteran of the city’s police force, was named chief of police after nearly three months serving as interim chief. Following Mayor Alfonso Ortiz’s recommendation, the council voted 3-0 to name him to the permanent position.

  • Senior Profile: The ‘garb,’ the ‘grab’ and the ‘brag’

    It was one of those very cold days in January, but what the weather did not offer in warmth, Ravi Parashar more than made up for.

    An instructor in economics at the United World College, Ravi resounds with students, fellow professionals and others who come in contact with him at the college and throughout the Las Vegas community.

    “One really amazing thing — the day we got here he already knew all our names. He really cares about us,” Mauri Lahti, a student from Finland, said.

  • RHS students get to the point

    A sampling of questions from Robertson High School students to candidates running for the three open seats on the district’s board of education were tough and to the point.

    Unfortunately, with nine candidates running for seats in three districts, and only an hour allotted for the student forum, including opening and closing remarks, student board member and moderator Westley Cole was able to ask only a couple of questions.

    Candidates were asked why there was a shortage of textbooks, and why teacher vacancies were going so long without being filled.

  • Baca case to stay in Las Vegas

    District Judge Eugenio Mathis denied the defense’s motion for change of venue in the manslaughter case against Richard Baca on Wednesday.

    Baca is accused of fatally shooting Benito Lemos, a local postal carrier, in late 2009.

    Baca’s defense team — attorneys Jeffery Buckles and Stacey A. Ward — contend that the media coverage provided by the Las Vegas Optic has tainted prospective jurors.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    ENTRENCHED DIVISIVENESS. It was interesting the reasons why school board candidates on both sides of the Gallinas River opposed, favored or wavered regarding the idea of administrative consolidation of the two Las Vegas districts. But no one really mentioned the psychological impact upon our community.