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Today's News

  • Officials crack down on peddlers

    The city of Las Vegas plans to begin cracking down on people going door to door peddling their wares and services without a proper business license.

    The vendors can be selling anything from magazines to flowers, and sometimes go door to door offering to replace a roof or do other jobs, City Attorney Dave Romero said.

  • Mariachi Extravaganza

    Mariachi music has been alive and well in the area for years.

    This past week the strumming of the guitars, guitarrones, vihuelas, violins and trumpets filled music rooms with their melodies and rhythms during the Second Annual Youth Mariachi Conference.

    Mariachi Tenampa taught more than 130 students at the three-day conference held at New Mexico Highlands University.

  • West chief: Funding to be bleak

    West Las Vegas superintendent Ruben Cordova briefed board members on a number of topics during a special meeting at Valley school last week, including how much state money the district can expect after the 60-day legislative session ends later this month.

  • Suspicious dorm fire displaces 11 students

    The state fire marshal’s office and Highlands University police are investigating a suspicious fire the broke out Tuesday evening inside a university dorm room.

    The small fire at Connor Hall was contained to a single room, said Highlands spokesman Sean Weaver. It was quickly extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, he said.

    No one was injured in the blaze, which apparently started with either a towel or a T-shirt, Weaver said.

    The woman who lived in the dorm was not there at the time.

  • LV man gets drug conviction

    A Las Vegas man has been convicted of multiple drug charges — for the second time in the last 10 years.

    On Feb. 8, a San Miguel County jury found Michael Strand Sr., 52, guilty of trafficking crack cocaine, a first-degree felony.

    Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores said he will “definitely” seek the maximum 18-year sentence for Strand.  The sentencing hearing is set for 10 a.m. March 21 in the courtroom of District Judge Eugenio Mathis, who also presided over the jury trial.

  • Mora county man gets 18 months

    A Mora County man who allegedly tried to get out of trouble by pretending to be his own brother is headed to prison for identity theft.

    Joseph B. Vigil, 39, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to using his brother’s identity for a second time, 4th Judicial District Attorney Richard Flores told the Optic.

  • Let the DA prosecute

    As much as such delays are frustrating — it seems such a long, long time ago that the Jay Quintana case became a court case and even bigger news — it’s probably best to get all questionable or potentially questionable circumstances out of the way before the trial. It should help ensure that the proceedings are fair and just, and will withstand attempts to appeal a jury’s decision.

  • Publisher's Note: Mayoral speculation

    Here’s some premature speculating on next year’s mayoral election, already a hot topic among at least a few Las Vegas political animals.

    I’ve heard eight names thrown into the mix, and having spoken with nearly all of them, can announce the intentions of two in particular.

  • Robertson boys eliminate Braves, face Socorro on Wednesday

    Saturday night’s Robertson-Santa Fe Indian playoff game could have been a cozy reunion for two former district foes, but the No. 4 seed Cardinals were all business, disposing of the Braves 89-47 before a spirited Mike Marr Gym crowd.

    Robertson advances to the Class 3A boys’ quarterfinals and will play Socorro at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

    Dalan Abreu led Robertson with 20 points and Justin Bustos tallied 14 of his 19 in the first half as RHS ran up a 47-23 lead.

  • West Las Vegas girls cool Hot Springs; No. 1 SFIS is next

    Briana Montaño scored seven of her team-high 16 points in the second quarter Friday night, leading host West Las Vegas past Hot Springs 47-39 in the first round of the Class 3A girls’ state basketball tournament.

    West Las Vegas will play the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Santa Fe Indian School, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Pit in Albuquerque. Cindy Roybal’s Lady Braves dispatched Crownpoint 72-35 in another Friday game.