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Today's News

  • Economist: Keep young in county

    San Miguel County needs more younger residents for its economy to improve.

    “Your population is getting older quickly. The population you’re losing is from 20 to 40 years old, which is demographically the sweet spot,” said Jeffrey Mitchell of the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

    Employers are increasingly relying on technically-skilled employees, requiring more flexibility, he said.

  • District keeps secret the report on ex-official’s alleged violation

    The Las Vegas City Schools is keeping secret the details of its investigation into former Superintendent Richard Romero’s alleged violation of the district’s computer-use policy.

    The district’s attorney, Ramon Vigil, denied a request from the Optic last week to see the investigatory report on Romero.

    Romero allegedly gave a flash drive to an employee, who opened it and found files with labels considered offensive. Officials haven’t described the files.

  • Cards reach Prep tourney final

    The Robertson Cardinals made their first major waves of the boys’ basketball season over the weekend by reaching the finals of the Sandia Prep Invitational.

    Coach David Bustos’ Redbirds tempered that glory with a dose of perspective, however, as the host Sundevils bested them 70-45 on Saturday night in Albuquerque.

    Sandia Prep is 9-1 and ranked second among Class 3A boys’ teams, as it was most of last season. The Sundevils are considered a state title contender with a decent chance at upending top-rated Hope Christian.

  • Lady Dons 2-1 in SF tourney

    A consolation title, a sportsmanship trophy, an all-tournament team selection and an early win over a crosstown rival.

    Not a bad haul for the West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team and coach Jose Medina, who went 2-1 in the Capital City Invitational over the weekend in Santa Fe.

    It’s the first time in the hoops tourney’s history that a girls’ bracket has been included along with the boys’.

  • NMHU tagged with first loss

    Mesa State dealt visiting New Mexico Highlands its first defeat of the season Saturday night in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Mavericks won 89-82, ending the Cowboys’ season-opening win streak at six games.

    Highlands (6-1, 3-1 RMAC) had beaten Western State 77-66 the previous night in Gunnison, Colo.

    Thomas Manzano led NMHU with 21 points and seven rebounds; he went eight of 15 from the floor, helping the Cowboys shoot 53 percent.

  • Dons edge Pecos

    T.J. Esquibel sank three of four free throws within the last 34 seconds of regulation Friday night, securing a hard-fought 65-60 West Las Vegas win over Pecos at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Coach Morgan Montaño’s Dons improved to 3-3 overall and dropped

    Clyde Sanchez’s Panthers to a deceptive 1-3.

    With the exception of a strong second quarter for West Las Vegas, the game was closely contested throughout, as Pecos employed an effective press and created turnovers that led to transition opportunities.

  • Mesa needs overtime to beat Cowgirls

    Highlands’ Cowgirls didn’t shoot very well Saturday night.

    Still, they stayed in the game with host Mesa State until overtime, when they went two for eight from the floor to end up losing 77-73.

    The defeat kept NMHU winless in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play at 0-4. Coach Tiffany Darling’s team is 3-7 overall.

    Beating Mesa State would have been a confidence-booster. At 6-2 overall and 3-1 in league play, the Lady Mavs are one of the early leaders in the RMAC.

  • We’re in this together

    We fully realize that the city of Las Vegas and the East and West school districts are separate entities.

    But we need to forget about that when the issue is water.

    In  recent weeks, city officials have made presentations to both school boards, requesting they give up their water rights to the city.
    For free.

    The city made the same request a few years ago, but didn’t get any response.

  • As it is: Should I set up shop in a bar?

    Maybe I should set up my desk and computer in a local bar. I’d probably get some interesting news tips and have a lot more fun.

    How did this idea get into my head?

    I credit the Las Vegas Fiesta Council, the group that the City Council put out of business a few weeks ago after a number of controversies.
    Angry at its dismissal, the Fiesta Council recently put out an eight-page letter defending itself, e-mailed to scores of people around town, including government officials and leaders in the business community.

  • Noticias-Dec. 13, 2010

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

    • 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 ore information, call 426-8510.