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Today's News

  • Tragedy strikes Vatos

    By Martín Salazar and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    A member of the Highlands University Vatos Rugby club was killed and four others were injured in a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 25 just east of Santa Fe Saturday evening.

    The accident resulted in a portion of I-25 being closed for more than six hours as the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigated the accident.

    It occurred at 7:14 p.m. on northbound Interstate 25 near the Lamy exit.

  • Parson tapped to be West chief

    A familiar face is now heading the West Las Vegas School District.

    During a school board meeting on Thursday evening, the board unanimously approved Gene Parson as superintendent for the district.

    He had been the district associate superintendent.

    He replaces Ruben Cordova who submitted his 30-day resignation letter late last month. Parson’s appointment will run through June 30 at the salary of $95,000. Cordova was making $100,000 a year. Cordova served as district superintendent since May 2010.

  • Making the Grade

    PECOS — Less than three years ago the Pecos Independent School District earned the dubious distinction of having two of its three schools on a list of the state’s worst performing schools.

    District officials said that was their turning point.

    In February 2010, Pecos Middle as well at the district’s high school were named 12th and 24th respectively in a list of the 35  worst performing schools throughout the state. The ranking was publicized in an Albuquerque Journal article.

  • Residents cry foul over forest decision

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — A state senator and a coalition of rural residents from northern New Mexico are fighting a decision by the Santa Fe National Forest to allow four-wheelers and other backcountry vehicles on Glorieta Mesa, an area where Hispanics have been ranching and collecting firewood and pinon for centuries.

    They say the plan, which was years in the making and is now the subject of more than 20 appeals, is racially biased and threatens their culture and tradition.

  • Looking Back - News - Sept. 17, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 17, 2012

    Entrepreneurship forum is Thursday

    Las Vegas First Entrepreneurial Networking program and Highlands Foundation are kicking off an entrepreneurship forum. The first evening forum will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. this Thursday in the El Fidel lobby. Complimentary tapas will be served. Call Valerie Hayden at 454-1205.

  • Weather - Sept. 17, 2012

    Monday
    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 15-20 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming light after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming south 10-15 mph in the morning. Clear at night, with a low around 47.

  • West High School celebrates homecoming week

    Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas High School homecoming week starts today.

    Dress up days are: Monday - Super Hero day, Tuesday - Disney Day, Wednesday - Gender Bender Day, Thursday - Class Color Day (Freshman - orange, sophomores - pink, juniors - blue and seniors - purple) and Friday - Green and Gold day.

    A pep assembly is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday at the high school gymnasium followed by a car rally.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 17, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Committee for Clean Water, Air, and Earth working meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 the Presbyterian Church Community Room. For more information, call 426-1468.

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • Highlands Foundation and Las Vegas First Entrepreneurial Networking Program is hosting a Breakfast Entrepreneurship Forum from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept.18 at Kennedy Hall. Call Valerie Hayden at 454-1205.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • Noticias - Sept. 17, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering counseling services to the community this semester. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.