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Today's News

  • Level 5 leadership

    Have you ever heard of Level 5 leadership? It’s a concept that was first advanced by business consultant and author Jim Collins in his book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap And Others Don’t. And while the Las Vegas City Schools district isn’t a business, the concept is a good one to consider when hiring the district’s next superintendent.

  • Work of Art: Don’t go there

    By Art Trujillo

    As a student at Immaculate Conception School in the late ‘40s, I recall social studies units on The Great Depression, the Stock Market Crash of ‘29, and the concomitant suffering that ensued.

    Well in those days, we were a lot closer to the tumultuous times of the early 20th century, and the biggest lesson I took home — and into my adulthood — was the fact that many people lost their fortunes. “Many millions of people lost everything they had,” intoned Sister Macarena, our fifth-grade teacher.

  • Crespin title fight is Saturday

    Meadow City fighter Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin is hours away from her first championship bout as a professional.

    Crespin (4-2-1, one knockout victory) is set to box Brittany Cruz (7-4-1, one KO) as part of a card Saturday at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo.

    Tickets are available from the casino box office.

    Up for grabs in the six-round Crespin-Cruz matchup is the vacant Women’s International Boxing Association youth featherweight division title.

  • Cowgirls nab win No. 11

    Five Cowgirls reached double figures Monday night as New Mexico Highlands broke the century mark for the first time this season in a 100-85 shootout against visiting Johnson & Wales University.

    The non-conference victory moves Coach Tiffany Darling’s Cowgirls three games within .500 at 11-14 overall. NMHU has won five of the last seven.

  • Rangers keep up the pace

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    Homecoming activities combined with a road trip to West Las Vegas on Jan. 27 and to Monte Del Sol in Santa Fe the following day for their district opener did not seem to affect the focus of the Mora Rangers (19-2).

    After defeating the Class 3A Dons of West Las Vegas 79-67, the Rangers traveled to the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe to open District 2-2A play against the host Dragons of Monte Del Sol. The Rangers prevailed 57-45 after overcoming a sluggish first quarter start.

  • Fourth award for Manzano

    For the fourth time this basketball season, New Mexico Highlands junior Thomas Manzano has been named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

    Manzano played a key role in helping the Cowboys climb into third place in the league standings by beating the Central Region’s top-ranked Fort Lewis Skyhawks 82-64 on Saturday, one day after they dropped Adams State 90-81. Both teams, NMHU rivals in the RMAC West, had defeated Highlands in January on their home courts in Colorado.

  • Las Vegas dodges gas shortage

    Las Vegas dodged the natural gas crisis that shook much of New Mexico late last week for one basic reason — the city gets its gas from Colorado, not western Texas.

    Still, the city didn’t go through last week’s cold-weather snap without a scare of its own. With last week’s heating demands, pressure in the city’s gas lines dropped dramatically, according to city officials.

  • Stuffed with Love

    Gabrielle Crespin and Arianna Duran want to make the upcoming Valentine’s Day extra special. The 10- year olds have for a few weeks been collecting stuffed animals to give to residents of Las Vegas’ nursing homes.

    “I’m doing this because it will make a lot of other people happy,” Crespin said of her goal to give every nursing home resident a stuffed animal. “I think it will make the people at nursing homes really happy.”

  • District looks to fill top job

    Las Vegas City Schools Board President Gabriel Lucero released the names of applicants for the school district’s top job. Eighteen people from across the nation are looking to fill the seat vacated by former superintendent Rick Romero.

    Four of the names are familiar within the school district, six others are from New Mexico, and the remaining eight applicants come from districts across the United States.

  • Police: Drinking leads to stabbing

    A night of drinking by two friends led to an alleged knife attack, say police.

    Michael A. Garcia, 32, of the 300 block of Washington Avenue in Las Vegas, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with the Jan. 27 incident.

    Garcia is accused of wielding a kitchen knife and slashing his friend with it during a fight in a Los Vigiles neighborhood (north of Las Vegas) on the evening of Jan. 27.