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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 3, 2014
  • Please vote

    Nearly two months ago, candidates for the municipal judge post and two City Council seats declared their candidacies. Since then, most of them have been going door to door making their cases for your vote.
    Now it’s up to you.
    Tuesday is Election Day. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Registered city voters can cast their ballots at either Robertson High School’s Michael Marr Gymnasium or the West Las Vegas High School gym. There is no wrong place to vote.

  • Another Perspective - Legislature tackled serious issues

    The 2014 legislative session will be dubbed the “no-nonsense session.”

    Legislators worked extremely hard to forge compromises on everything from the $6.2 billion state budget to proposals to ensure that college students still get help from the lottery scholarship program; from paying for water projects statewide to saving our local hospitals; and from banning texting while driving to protecting schoolchildren from life-threatening allergic attacks.

  • Weekend Roundup - March 3, 2013

    Travis Valdez went 5 for 6 at the plate, and Andy Gabaldon smashed four doubles to lead West Las Vegas to a sweep of visiting Socorro on Saturday in the first prep baseball action of the season.

    The Dons, who had to wait most of the 2013 season to play a few games on their own field (due to facility work), got off to a 2-0 start at home.

    With Jake Ulibarri on the mound in the first game, the Dons scored the key runs in the third inning and held on for a 4-1 win.

    Then Gabaldon posted a solid start as West won big in game two, 16-2.

  • Cowgirls 3rd in RMAC indoors

    Three individual event titles and some nationals-qualifying performances highlighted New Mexico Highlands’ march to third place over the weekend at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Alamosa.

    Shanice McPherson’s long jump of 19-9 1/2 (6.03 meters) was not only good enough to win; it also automatically qualified her for the NCAA meet.

    Salcia Slack and Destiny Dillworth finished one-two in the indoor pentathlon with 3,825 and 3,589 points, respectively.

  • WLV, Mora girls prevail

    West Las Vegas’ girls put together a strong fourth quarter to pull away from Robertson on Friday night, adding a District 2-3A tournament championship to their regular-season title.

    West won 63-49 after a game that saw seven lead changes and four ties. Neither side led by double digits until a Deanna Bustos 3-pointer made it 50-40 with about six minutes left in the ballgame.

    Bustos finished with 24 points.

    West Las Vegas defeated Pojoaque Valley 49-43 in the girls’ junior varsity district championship.

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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 3, 2014

    Monday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Mountain View (DH), 3 p.m., Rio Rancho
    Softball
    • Robertson JV at St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Robertson at Santa Fe High, 4 p.m., Santa Fe

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Robertson JV at Santa Fe High (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    Softball
    • Robertson at St. Michael’s (DH), 3 p.m., Santa Fe

  • City hires twice-fired director

    City Manager Timothy Dodge has appointed Ann Marie Gallegos as the municipality’s interim finance director, a move that has unanimous support from the city’s unions but is raising eyebrows outside of City Hall.

    “I’m honored to be here. I’m honored to be back home. I’ll do the best job I can,” Gallegos told the governing body.

    “I am really looking forward to coming home.”

  • Senior profile - Stephen Garcia

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    People gravitate toward him, knowing he’ll have a friendly smile and even an offer to help load groceries. A greeter celebrating his 19th year in that job at the Las Vegas Walmart, Stephen Garcia is aiming for 19 more years.

  • Gov pledges to sign $10M dam funding

    Gov. Susana Martinez took to the radio airwaves Wednesday morning to announce that she will sign the capital outlay bill approved by lawmakers last week that contains $10 million for the city of Las Vegas’ Bradner Dam project.