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Today's News

  • Women's golf tourney an ace

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    A picture perfect day, a golf course in pristine condition and a lot of hard work by the Tournament committee contributed to a wonderful Play Day Tournament Aug. 25 at the Gene Torres Highlands Course.

    Twenty women from Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Pendaries competed for prizes which were awarded at a luncheon following the 18-hole scramble tournament.

    Martha Spencer won “closest to the hole” and Las Vegas’ own Dodie Torres won “longest drive.” 

  • 'Tu'? Or 'usted' instead?

    Here’s a brief primer on one important difference between English and Spanish. Somewhere along the linguistic ladder, people stopped using “thee” and “thou” in English, whereas the Romance languages, for example Spanish, retained forms like “usted.”

    I won’t speculate as to whether the use of particular word combinations determines respect, or lack thereof, or is the result of it. Which came first?

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... PARADE WINNERS. Congratulations to the winners of the Fiesta parade in July. They worked hard and should be applauded for their accomplishments.

    Thumbs DOWN for ... A LACK OF RECOGNITION. Unfortunately, the Fiesta Council hasn’t seen fit to give any recognition to the winners of the July parade. Judges were on hand during the parade, but we have yet to see the results.

    It’s time the council gave the winners some recognition.

  • Fiesta leader blasts Optic, official

    Fiesta Council President Mathew Martinez last week accused the Las Vegas Optic of violating journalistic values in covering his group, saying the public needs to hold the newspaper accountable.

    He also contended that City Councilwoman Diane Moore was grandstanding when she suggested the city take over the Fiesta Council until it regains its stability.

    For three days last week, Martinez used his morning New Mexico music program on radio station KNMX to defend the Fiesta Council against recent criticism.

  • Ruling against search stands

    A drug search that led to charges against Las Vegas resident Kenneth Ulibarri has been deemed illegal.

    But that does little good for Ulibarri, who served two years in prison because of the charges.

    On Aug. 19, the state Supreme Court let stand a Court of Appeals ruling in July that found the search illegal.

    The Court of Appeals had overturned a decision by local District Judge Abigail Aragon allowing drug evidence in the state’s case against Ulibarri, 32.

  • City avoids hiring consultant

    The Las Vegas City Council recently rejected hiring a consultant to help form a residents council for public housing. So the city found a free way to get the job done.

    The authority has entered an agreement with Highlands University master’s student Gloria Tafoya to start the residents council and work on other projects for the housing authority.

    In June, the housing authority proposed that the city enter into a contract with Highlands University professor James Alarid for up to $5,700 to form the residents council, which amounted to $25 per resident.

  • Refuge telescope stolen

    The field telescope from Crane Lake Overlook at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge has been stolen.

    The 85-pound long-distance field telescope was stolen from Crane Lake Overlook sometime last week. The refuge staff became aware of the missing telescope on Aug. 27 after a birding visitor discovered it missing and reported it. The bolts securing the telescope (25 inches long and 9 inches wide) to the column were severed leaving the column standing alone.

  • East loses data when server goes out

    The Las Vegas City Schools district lost data when one of its servers went out on Aug. 19, but the problem hasn’t affected students, an official said last week.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said both hard drives in one of the district’s servers went out, so that meant a loss of data inputted in June, July and early August.

    He said if just one of the hard drives had lost the data, the other one could have recovered the information.

    Now, district staff is reinputting the data, which includes student scheduling information, Romero said.

  • Above and Beyond: 'One heck of a student-athlete'

    Briana Montaño wants to become the 2011 valedictorian at West Las Vegas High School.

    That would be keeping the honor in the family. The 2010 valedictorian was her sister, Krystle Montaño.

    Principal Gene Parson said Montaño is competitive in academics and is a five-sport letterman, but always competes in a very respectful manner.        

  • What a hoot!

    Regular-season champs in Las Vegas’ women’s softball league, the AVRH Scrubs were the early bird.

    But the Night Owl-Bud Light flew away with the big trophy on Tuesday night.

    Night Owl’s team upset the Scrubs in the city league tournament semifinals earlier in the week, then held off Bases Loaded in the championship game 8-7.

    Ellie Baca-Alarcon, Night Owl’s second baseman, seemingly could do no wrong defensively, with her glove responsible for stuffing many a Bases Loaded rally on a cool August evening at Rodriguez Softball Complex.