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Today's News

  • Promoter: ‘Boxeo II’ drew 1,000-plus fans

    Saturday night’s “Boxeo en Las Vegas II” show attracted more than 1,000 fans, says promoter Carlos Crespin.

    Crespin put the estimate at up to 1,400 who showed up for the professional boxing card, his second such venture as head of Crespin’s Promotions.

    The Optic earlier reported an attendance figure closer to 800 at Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

    Whatever the correct figure, Saturday’s event seemed to be a hit with fans, and it served up both competitive, entertaining fights and quick knockouts.

  • Cowboys 6th in RMAC hoops poll

    After losing several key players instrumental in a historic turnaround of Cowboy basketball’s fortunes over the past two years, the New Mexico Highlands men’s hoops program is picked to finish sixth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this season.

    Meanwhile, Fort Lewis College — led by consensus RMAC Preseason Player of the Year DeAndre Lansdowne — is the favorite to take the league championship.

    Those were among the findings in the RMAC’s preseason coaches’ poll released this month.

  • Don Woods Day
  • Union should stay, period

    The West Las Vegas school board is doing the right thing in reconsidering its previous decision to close Union Elementary School. As the best-performing school in the district, Union should not only remain open, but it should be held up as an educational model for other schools in the district.

  • Humor is therapeutic

    Ever have a day when anything you attempt to help brighten things falls flat? That’s the story of my life.

    Here’s how:

    I often try to reach people through humor. I don’t mean that I see life as an interminable joke-fest but merely that I believe in the therapeutic qualities of laughter. And if that’s true, my students of more than 40 years ago have to be healthy. There are limits, and on occasion I’ve needed to make sure the person with whom I attempted the humor is comfortable. It’s also a joy, not to mention flattering, when the recipient of my humor pays me back in kind.

  • Union fate looks better

    The West Las Vegas school board may be changing its mind about closing Union Elementary School.


    It now looks like the school will continue.


    Last month, the board voted unanimously to move Union kids to what would be an expanded and renovated Tony Serna Elementary.


    The same vote would have moved the Family Partnership School to the Union building.


    Union is Las Vegas’ best-performing elementary school for reading and math proficiency.

  • West asked to give city water rights for free

    The city wants the West Las Vegas school district to turn over its water rights to the city.


    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz made the plea to the West school board last week.


    “We’re in dire need of water, and the school district has four acre feet of water that has been approved by the state engineer’s office. On the other hand, the state says you are not entitled to another 38 acre feet you thought you had,” Ortiz said.

  • County officials back medical pot

    A majority of the County Commission supports the use of marijuana for medical purposes.


    Commissioners David Salazar, Nicolas Leger and June Garcia all agreed on the issue. Their colleagues, Albert Padilla and Marcellino Ortiz, couldn’t be reached for comment.


    The commission plans to hold a special hearing on the subject Nov. 24.


    The issue is particularly relevant with the commission because of the county housing authority’s recent decision to stop giving a federal subsidy to a resident who uses medical marijuana.

  • County seeks money for EMS

    San Miguel County officials say they’re going to have to find ways to fully fund ambulance services, particularly in Pecos.


    In the Nov. 2 election, 60 percent of voters rejected a proposed quarter-cent sales tax that would have helped pay for ambulance services and the launch of a central dispatch service.


    The tax would have amounted to 25 cents for $100 in purchases.

  • Soccer coach allegedly got into scuffle at party

    Robertson High School’s girls soccer coach got involved in a fight during a party over the summer, according to testimony last week.


    Ray Parks, 43, has been charged with a petty misdemeanor count of battery. After a preliminary hearing Wednesday, a magistrate judge reduced a felony aggravated battery charge against Parks’ wife, Brenda Parks, to a misdemeanor.


    The alleged victim was a 17-year-old girl, who was at a Fourth of July party in the Sapello area, where the couple was.