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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 6, 2013
  • Exercising and proselytizing

    One of the most beneficial things a body can do after a solid night’s sleep is to stretch, to kick-start the body into motion.

    Few would argue with that prescription. However, according to one New Mexico lawmaker, you need to be careful what you call it. According to 8th District Rep. Alonzo Baldonado, a Republican, if the stretching takes on the appearance of some yoga motions, that puts the practitioners in danger of getting too close to Eastern religions.

  • Work of Art — Scout leaders messed up

    The aphorism, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” has an interesting pedigree, variously credited to St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th century cleric, and to Virgil’s Aeneid written shortly before the time of Christ, and whose translation reads, “It’s easy to go to hell.”

    Those notions certainly apply to the three men who are likely to be facing felony charges for toppling over a huge rock in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. The unusual formations date back to the Jurassic era.

  • Punching pals - Childhood friends beat each other up to help each other out

    With the hard rock — Def Leppard’s “Gods of War,” to be specific — cranked up at top volume on a nearby sound system, longtime friends Arturo Crespin and Fidel Maldonado Jr. set their camaraderie aside.

    Then they began punching each other.

    It’s hardly unusual for reunions of these two to involve such violence. And this past Sunday, each of them welcomed the opportunity to slam his fists into the other and to be treated in kind.

    It’s what they do.

  • RMAC: Cowgirls host Regis

    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament is coming to Las Vegas.

    New Mexico Highlands University will host a first-round match with Regis at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Perkins Stadium.

    The Cowgirls (9-6-3 overall) earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament by finishing 7-6-1 in RMAC play. Regis is 8-7-2 and 6-6-2, respectively, getting into the tourney as the No. 5 seed.

  • District volleyball tourney runs through Saturday

    Pojoaque Valley will host the District 2-3A volleyball tournament final on Saturday night in Jacona.

    Both of Las Vegas’ high school teams will be vying to make that date with the Elkettes.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 6, 2013

    Wednesday
    Volleyball
    • District 2-3A tournament: Robertson-Taos winner at Raton, 7 p.m., Raton

    Thursday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Friday
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • District 2-3A tournament semifinal: Wednesday’s winner at West Las Vegas, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • No injuries in drive-by shooting

    A Toyota Camry and at least one business on Sixth Street were hit with bullets early Friday morning in what Las Vegas police are investigating as a drive-by.

    There were no injuries, and police have yet to arrest a suspect in the case, said Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño.

    The incident occurred on the 500 block of Sixth Street near Grand Avenue at about 1 a.m. A Toyota Camry parked there had multiple bullet holes and a shattered rear window. The front glass window of Outback Firearms also had a bullet hole.

  • West trying to resolve maintenance problems

    Custodians at the West Las Vegas School District were assured last week that rumors that their jobs are about to be contracted out are false.

    The school board and Superintendent Gene Parson cleared up the rumor during a marathon meeting Wednesday afternoon.   

    But the board did urge maintenance employees to work with district management on several issues, including preventative maintenance and ensuring the district property is clean and presentable.

  • Bank executive leaving post

    A top executive of  Community 1st Bank has resigned his position to accept another job.

    On Thursday, bank President Keith Tucker informed bank staff of the resignation of Executive Vice President Ernesto Salazar. Salazar, who is also a Las Vegas City Schools board member, has served an the executive vice president of the bank for roughly eight years.

    In an email obtained by the Optic, Tucker writes, “I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”