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Today's News

  • Martinez triple-double lifts West

    Miranda Martinez came three rebounds shy of a quadruple-double as West Las Vegas (4-1) beat Socorro 67-54 in Class 3A girls’ basketball action Tuesday night in Socorro.

    Martinez filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 15 assists, 10 steals and seven rebounds.

    The game also showed West’s depth as younger players had a significant role. Cecilia Gutierrez scored a team-high 16, Alicia Cordova 12, Michelle Montaño 11. Michelle Tapia had nine rebounds for coach Jose Medina’s Lady Dons.

  • Local hunting show seeking online votes

    Optic readers are being encouraged to vote online for “Down the Road with Rick Rhoads” starring Jenna and J.T. Rhoads of Las Vegas.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    UNNECESSARILY BUREAUCRATIC. During a hearing on an annexation proposal last week, Alex Aragon, the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said he would like concerned residents in attendance to get minutes of the meeting.

  • Another perspective: Questions that need answers

    The problems which beset the Las Vegas City Schools have had the attention of our community over the past weeks and months. The increases to property taxes certainly arouse the attention of many people.

    Although taxes are important, they don’t however overshadow our responsibility to provide students a quality education in a safe and caring environment.

  • Noticias-Dec. 17, 2010

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Grand Avenue project will be suspended starting on Friday, Dec. 17 and construction operations will resume in March 2011 contigent on winter weather according to NMDOT District Four and Fisher Sand and Gravel. For more information, call Anthony Martinez, Project Manager at 454-3690 or Kenny Lujan, District Four Public Information Officer at 617-5900.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 17, 2010

    TODAY

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters is raffling a red 2010 Chrysler Sebring Limited with sunroof, leather seats, 3,500 miles, provided by NM Auto Wholesalers. The drawing will be held Friday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $100. Only 300 tickets will be sold. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in San Miguel and Mora counties. For more information, call 426-8510.

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  • East board picks interim leader

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez expressed surprise at being named interim superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools on Monday.

    She wasn’t the only one shocked. The local buzz had other well-known names taking the seat vacated by Rick Romero, whose resignation was accepted at a meeting last week after a controversy over his flash drive that allegedly contained inappropriate files.

  • Transfer station upsets residents

    A city panel on Monday recommended the city annex the solid waste transfer station into city limits and change the area into a heavy industrial zone.

    That upset the station’s neighbors, who contended the city had failed to keep garbage from blowing onto their properties.

    The city, however, wanted to annex the 54 acres to gain the sales tax revenue from a nearly $400,000 project to renovate the transfer station, where trash is taken to be hauled to the garbage dump near Wagon Mound.

  • Fiesta group won’t release finances

    The Las Vegas Fiesta Council is not releasing its finances to the public, its leader says.

    “Our financial records are proprietary at this point,” council President Mathew Martinez said in an e-mail last week to the Optic. “We will not furnish this information to you.”

    The finances became an issue after Martinez terminated a third of the council’s 18 members in July, following the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. Many of those members said the group hadn’t opened its books to the membership in months.

  • Woman wants East to compensate her for damage to truck

    A Las Vegas woman wants the Las Vegas City Schools to compensate her for damage to her truck after the homecoming bonfire in September.

    Dianna Medrano said her truck sustained extensive damage as a result of the school district’s failure to have appropriate crowd control after the bonfire at Robertson High School on Sept. 9.

    She said she had filed a claim with the school district.

    “Someone needs to pay for the damage. You can’t have kids running around and damaging cars,” Medrano said.