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Today's News

  • LETTER: Get ready for an FBI visit

    I would like all those people who use the e-mail for their trash communication to know I am sending my Quarantine Summaries to the Albuquerque FBI office. The Bureau investigates each e-mail sender on that list. So those of you who think their jokes and trash communication are funny, you can expect a knock on your door from an FBI agent.

  • Police: Shooter captured, then confesses

    Gary Lovato has turned himself in.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said that Lovato, 20, who was wanted in connection with the recent shooting of Aaron Benavidez, presented himself to local authorities Tuesday and has confessed to his role in the shooting.

    Lovato is accused of having shot Benavidez three times in the leg after Benavidez attempted to return a purchase of prescription drugs from another youth.

  • City subsidy of boxing questioned

    The city of Las Vegas’ recent decision to give $15,000 to a boxing promoter has come under some criticism.

    But city officials say Las Vegas will benefit from the advertising for a planned September fight, which will include the city’s logo.

    On July 1, the City Council voted to give the money to Fresquez Productions, which aims to bring Albuquerque pro boxer Holly Holm for a fight on Sept. 5. Her opponent will be announced at a coming press conference, according to Fresquez.

  • THUMBS

    thumb UP for ... THE FIESTAS. Maybe the rain didn’t always cooperate, and perhaps there were controversial moments, but it was still another fun and successful Fiestas de Las Vegas, with plenty of good music and dance and fun for young and old alike.

    Congratulations, Fiesta Council, on another job well done.

  • Put best seats up for grabs, say 2 officials

    As part of its deal with the city of Las Vegas, a boxing promoter will give the city eight ringside seats and 30 general admission seats for the planned Holly Holm fight in September.

    Should the community expect to see the politically connected in the choice seats?

    Absolutely not, if some city officials get their way.

    Councilman Morris Madrid, a boxing fan, said he thinks the city should raffle off the seats and let the proceeds go to some good cause such as a homeless shelter. He said city officials shouldn’t be eligible.

  • LETTER: Farmington still has farming

    In a recent letter to the editor, Kathleen Dudley from Ocate cited Farmington as an area devastated by the oil and gas industry. She speculates that Farmington was “most likely” a farming area which is now “vastly industrialized with... (no) sound of roosters crowing, or sight of a herd of sheep, or acequias open, flooding fields of alfalfa.”

    I am puzzled and can only conclude that we see what we want to see. The last time I was in Farmington, I saw all the above (though I didn’t hear a rooster crow).

  • Abreu looks at rule for coaches

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu is looking at the possibility of contracts with new coaches stipulating that if they’re fired as coaches, they lose their teaching positions as well.

    However, the West school board seems skeptical of the idea.

    Abreu said he was looking at a policy used by other school districts called the “Farmington Clause.”

  • LETTER: Use of the word jihad inappropriate

    I picked up your July 6-7 issue of the Optic and was upset by the use of the word “jihad” in (David Giuliani’s column) “It’s hard to say no to a boss.”

    In recent years the media has used the term jihad to push anti-Islamic sentiment. When used in the context printed in the article, it undermines the progress being made by Muslims, to mend the differences of between the various faiths.

  • North vs. South

    For one last time, Kristen Encinias will play basketball for coach Jose “Majic” Medina.

    As West Las Vegas’ girls’ coach, Medina will undoubtedly miss Encinias’ dependable performance in the paint, her steady free throw shooting and her leadership in the locker room when the Lady Dons open camp this coming season.

    But the two will team up once more on Friday night, wearing the red of the Class 3A North All-Stars instead of the green and gold of WLV.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The SynergyFest committee wishes to thank the many businesses, organizations and individuals who helped to make this year’s fest a success. The fest drew over 500 attendees who talked with our exhibitors, attended workshops, and listened to music. The Sunshine Kids Village, sponsored by Amigos de Rio Gallinas School offered children’s games, crafts and other activities.