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Today's News

  • Noticias - Feb. 18, 2011

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

  • Above and Beyond: Fidel Trujillo comes home to Highlands

    Fidel Trujillo’s life has been devoted to family, faith and education.

    A Mora native, he was recently named dean of students at Highlands University. His new position at NMHU seems to be a natural fit — as he was once a student and is now an administrator at the school.

    After graduating from Mora High School in 1994, Trujillo started his higher education at Highlands to stay close to home. When his mother was only 29, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis — a condition that continues to haunt her.

  • Deputy chief named for PD

    The new chief is assembling his team.

    Capt. Eugene Garcia was sworn in as deputy chief Wednesday at the Las Vegas City Council meeting. Christian Montaño, who was promoted to chief last month after a couple of months as interim chief and more than four years as deputy chief, said he was “very confident with Gene Garcia as my right-hand man.”

    The two officers know each other well. They both came to work for the city police department on the same day 18 years ago.

  • Honored for Service

    This month’s East Las Vegas school board election featured a replacement of faces, with two longstanding members opting not to seek re-election and one who unsuccessfully ran for another term.

    Tuesday’s regular meeting featured the current members taking care of loose ends. The existing board — Gabriel Lucero, Patrick Romero, Elaine Luna, Phillip Vigil and Ramon “Swoops” Montaño — remained in their places to deliver their swan songs.

  • Speeding truck slams into city patrol car

    A Las Vegas patrol car was rammed from behind Tuesday night on Railroad Avenue, slightly injuring both the police officer on patrol and the driver of the other vehicle, police said.

    The incident happened at about 10:24 p.m. Officer Alan Pacheco was on patrol on 700 block of Railroad, travelling north, when he was struck from behind by a Ford F-350 truck driven by Leonard R. Montoya, 44, of 1003 Tilden in Las Vegas.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! - INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE; BOARD DECISION. We agree with the decision to keep Las Vegas City School District board members off the superintendent search committee. The committee needs to be removed from the politics that school board members might bring to the table; and besides, the school board will make the ultimate decision anyway. To keep the search committee independent should instill public confidence that the candidates are being screened according to their qualifications, not by their connections.

  • Another perspective: Our water: The basic issues

    Go into our “low price” Walmart and look at the cost of water — trucked in over long distances and hopefully of drinking water quality. Depending upon the label prettiness and package size, you will see the prices ranging from $1.10 to $6.90 per gallon.

    Surely, Las Vegans can do better than that. What about city water?  Let us drag you though some details.

    Where does city water come from? About 10 percent is piped from groundwater aquifers a few miles south of the city, and the remaining 90 percent comes from our local Gallinas River.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Texas Invasion of 1841

    What has become an obscure footnote in both our local and New Mexico history, is the futile Texas invasion of San Miguel County in 1841 — or what most historians have downplayed as the Texas-Santa Fe Expedition.

    It occurred here five years before General Kearny, leading the Army of the West, proclaimed in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846, the occupation and annexation of New Mexico by the United States.     

    These are the facts:

  • Orgullo del Norte - The Native utopian society

    In 1492, Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) miscalculated his voyage to Asia and landed in what is now the island of modern day Haiti and Dominica Republic. He thought he was in the Indies of the East; hence he named the natives “Indians.”

    Throughout history, groups of people have been named by their conquerors. It is for this reason I will use the term “Native peoples.”

  • Redbirds handle West LV

    Justin Bustos scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as Robertson overcame a brassy charge by West Las Vegas 48-38 on Tuesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The two Meadow City rivals were to meet in a rematch Thursday night at Mike Marr Gym in a game played after this issue went to press.

    The Dons missed leading scorer Jordan Lopez for Tuesday’s game but seemed to pull together as a team against the fourth-ranked Cardinals. (To be fair, RHS has been without key playmaker Fabian Varela for several contests, including the Tuesday game.)