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Today's News

  • Screening committee appointed

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has taken another step toward hiring a new superintendent — by selecting people to assist in the search.

    They also released a list of those who have applied for the position. Many are familiar to Las Vegas residents, some are not.      

  • Las Vegas’ Fiestas committee taking shape

    The city is still seeking volunteers to help put together this year’s summertime fiestas, with a first round of appointments to be made at this week’s council meeting.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is expected to name several people who have volunteered to help organize the fiestas to specific committees. The event was taken over by the city in October after a number of controversies involving the nonprofit Las Vegas Fiesta Council.

  • Cowboy sluggers 38th in poll

    By Gavino Archuleta
    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboy baseball program has started out the season ranked 38th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspapers NCAA Division II preseason poll.

    The Cowboys finished the 2010 season with a 41-13 record and a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record of 25-6 en route to the RMAC regular season championship as well as the RMAC tournament championship.

  • Vegas wrestlers invade Trinidad

    Three Robertson wrestlers won individual titles to lead the Cardinals to a runner-up team finish in Saturday’s Trinidad (Colo.) Open.

    Johnathan Lucero (140 lbs.), Daniel Martinez (160) and Joseph Crespin (215) all went 3-0 as the Cards trailed only La Junta, rated as Colorado’s No. 1 Class 3A team.

    Martinez pinned all three opponents to stay unbeaten at 23-0.

  • HU hoops
  • Your choices

    It’s clear that there’s considerable interest in this year’s school board elections — the turnout at last week’s forums demonstrated that. And for those who are still pondering whom to vote for, the Optic is producing an election guide, to be inserted in Friday’s paper, that’s packed with viewpoints and opinions from all 17 candidates running in the Las Vegas elections. Read their responses to our questions and you’ll have an even better idea where each candidate stands.

  • Work of Art: A picnic? You mean today?

    By Art Trujillo

    After having struck out on my own — trying to survive by publishing my own weekly newspaper in suburban Chicago, I returned to the Meadow City, in 1964.

    My smartest decision: re-enroll at Highlands University, the institution I had left five years earlier, following grades less than many-splendored. Pell Grants and lottery scholarships hadn’t been invented yet, so most students took a part-time job.

  • East-side forum draws crowd

    Fiscal concerns top the list of issues facing the Las Vegas City Schools, say several candidates for that district’s school board.

    Nine hopefuls — three for each of three positions — participated in a public forum Thursday at Memorial Middle School’s auditorium. The forum, conducted by Community Committee for Better Schools and the Las Vegas Optic, drew more than 125 spectators on a chilly evening.

    School board elections on both sides of town will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1.

  • Students to meet candidates

    A group of students at Robertson High School decided that they need to meet the candidates for this year’s three open school board positions, so they took matters into their own hands.

    The result is another candidate forum — this one at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Robertson’s media room in the library.

    Seniors Aaron Padilla, Wesley Cole and Lexus Jaramillo, of the school’s Key Club, have been the movers and shakers behind the effort to organize the forum.

  • Gubernatorial reading