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Today's News

  • FYI - Sports - Sept. 21, 2011

    Three-on-three basketball tournament to benefit the Pecos/DC Civic Youth Group will be held Oct. 1-2 at the Pecos gym. Divisions from third grade to adults over 40. Youth entry fee $50 per team if paid before Sept. 23; $75 thereafter. Adult fee is $75 a team before Sept. 23; $100 thereafter. To obtain registration form and further information, call Evelyn Hurtado, 470-2980, or Rhonda Sanchez, 231-0201.

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  • Breaking: Former Mayor Sanchez dies

    Former Mayor Henry O. Sanchez has died.

    Sanchez, a longtime basketball coach who served as mayor of Las Vegas for six years, died of an apparent heart attack at Alta Vista Regional Hospital Monday afternoon.

    For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic. 

  • Banker backed for East board

    Outgoing Las Vegas City Schools board member Ricky Serna is recommending that Ernesto Salazar replace him on the board.

    Serna made the recommendation during Thursday evenings work session, his final meeting as a board member. His resignation became effective this past Friday, and the board now has 45 days to pick a replacement for Serna’s now vacant seat. Board President Felix Alderete said the person selected will be up for election in 2013.

  • Jail Birds
  • More details emerge in fatal stabbing

    The woman who fatally stabbed a 40-year-old Las Vegas man early Wednesday morning told police she did so in self-defense, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court last week.

    Shirley Griego told police she was trying to leave the house, and Angelo Padilla stabbed her, according to the search warrant affidavit filed by Lt. Adrian Crespin. Griego told authorities she managed to stab Padilla back, killing him.

  • City fire hydrants to be tested Friday

    About 17 of the city’s fire hydrants will be flow tested this Friday as part of an Insurance Services Office inspection of fire protection in the community.

    The outcome of the inspection affects property insurance rates in the area, and city Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the hydrant testing needs to get done despite the Stage IV water restrictions that have been in effect since April.

    “We have to prove that we can protect your homes if something happens,” he said.

  • GOP objects to redistricting plan for PRC

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  —  Republicans are lining up against a Democratic-backed proposal for redistricting New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency.

    Republicans complained Saturday that proposed district boundary changes for the Public Regulation Commission will make it harder for GOP candidates to compete in some parts of the state.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 19, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Sept. 19 — Yesterday the ground at the corner of Ninth Street and Douglas Avenue was broken for the foundation of the Elks’ new $30,000 club house and in six months from today the Las Vegas lodge will have one of the largest and finest homes in the Southwest...  The exterior of the building, which is of the English Tudor, or modified Gothic type, is to be of brown flashbrick extensively trimmed with native stone... The roof is to be half pitch and covered with red clay tile.

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 19, 2011

    LVCS board meeting is Tuesday

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board regular meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the board room in the administration building at 901 Douglas Ave. Items for action include selection of a replacement for Ricky Serna, who has resigned his board position.

  • Weather - Sept. 19, 2011

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming west 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.