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Today's News

  • RHS netters debut

    Robertson’s tennis teams opened their season over the weekend with a pair of third-place finishes in the Roswell Invitational.

    St. Michael’s, Farmington and Robertson were the top three boys’ teams. Farmington, St. Mike’s and Robertson were the top girls’ squads.

    Emilio Garcia, the Cardinals’ No. 1 man, highlighted the weekend with a 6-1, 6-2 singles victory over Will Matthews of St. Mike’s.

  • ‘El Toro’ fights Friday

    Arturo “El Toro” Crespin faces one of his biggest tests to date this Friday, when he fights Janks Trotter as part of an eight-bout professional boxing card at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix.

    Trotter, 27, is the No. 4 Canadian boxer in his weight class and is 4-0 with four knockouts. His latest fight was a first-round KO of John Hoffman on Nov. 12 before a hometown crowd in Calgary, Alberta.

    Crespin is 6-1 with two KO wins. Most recently, he took an eight-round unanimous decision over Charles Alderete on Nov. 13 in Las Vegas.

  • Tire dump angers land official

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Officials at the State Land Office have been busy reviewing records and charting a legal strategy as they consider what to do about a massive tire dump that stretches through a remote arroyo in northeastern New Mexico.

    Land Commissioner Ray Powell said his office expects to have a plan in place soon for dealing with the thousands of tires that are filling the dry wash. Powell was alerted to the tire dump by Albuquerque television station KRQE.

  • Westminster Winner

    Former Las Vegas resident Amber Sena is getting national exposure after winning the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Art Competition.

    Now a resident of Brooklyn, Sena created the winning art that was featured at the 135-year-old competition held last month. The charcoal and pastel piece is titled “Canon of Canine.”

    “I’m just a small-town girl from Vegas who happened to have something exciting happen recently,” said Sena, a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University and Robertson High School.

  • City charter remains in question

    One year after a majority of voters signed off on a new charter for the city of Las Vegas, its validity remains up in the air.

    And with the new charter scheduled to take effect in a year, the mayor and city attorney are hoping to get the issue resolved once and for all.

    The City Council is slated to take up the issue publicly at its meeting this Wednesday.

    The city has hired local attorney Luis Juarez to prepare a petition asking a judge to issue a ruling on the charter, which essentially serves as the city’s constitution.

  • Breaking new ground

    Amid pledges to make sure that area residents get their money’s worth, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and other city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a $420,000 solid waste project that includes a major overhaul of the transfer station on Airport Road and the purchase of new dump trucks.

    “We are going to do things that should have been done many, many years ago,” Ortiz said.

    The mayor said citizens are financing a worthwhile, and essential project that will help the city do a better job of controlling litter.

  • Noticias - March 14, 2011

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

  • Que Pasa - March 14, 2011

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • “The Wizard of Oz” — children’s broadway musical by American Family Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on March 15 at NMHU’s Ilfeld Auditorium. General admission: $8, children (10 years and under) and NMHU students w/valid I.D.’s: $5. Tickets may be purchased, Monday through Friday at KEDP radio station, studio 103 on the NMHU campus for more information, contact Donna Martinez at martinezda@nmhu.edu or 454-3238.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • Learning lessons

    We appreciated what Gary Gold had to say after accepting the position of president of the West Las Vegas Schools board. He and fellow board member Christine Ludi seemed to be excited over the prospect of having a united front when it comes to tackling the district’s problems — and for good reason, given the politics that swirled around the board in recent years.

  • Publisher's Note: Restoring monetary value

    Once upon a time, if you wanted to read the news in the Las Vegas Optic, you had to actually buy the paper.

    Then the Internet came along and the Optic went online. Then, suddenly, the hard work of our newsroom could be read for free.

    It’s a credit to the quality of our product and services (and an indication that many of our readers still prefer to read hardcopy editions) that we’ve managed to hold on tight to our subscription base.