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Today's News

  • No charges, suspects in 'sealed' Jan. 21 homicide

    As more violence took place this week near the scene of a January homicide, there continue to have been no arrests and no named suspects in the original case.

    Las Vegas Deputy Chief Ken Jenkins said he received a report that on Sunday evening, shots were fired in the area near New Mexico Avenue and Colonias Street. No injuries were reported.

  • Las Vegas, other fire departments busy

    The Las Vegas Fire Department and other agencies have been busy lately — and it's not even the warm, dry part of the spring yet. 

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Billy Montoya said his department responded to a March 17 call for a fire that was close to destroying four structures. He said all of the structures were saved.

  • Correction

    In a Page A1 story in the Friday, March 16 issue of the Optic, regarding Severiano K. Sisneros III, a 2006 DWI case was incorrectly associated with Sisnerors.

    The case did not involve him.

    The Optic apologizes for the error.

  • City Schools administrator placed on leave

    Nearly every question asked by the Optic this week about a school personnel decision was met with the same response: “I have no comment.”

    This occurred after the Optic was notified last week that Michael P. Lovato, Las Vegas City Schools associate superintendent, director of instruction, and Robertson High School interim principal, was placed on administrative leave

    Lovato, one of a few officials reached, said he didn’t want to comment until he heard further from the district.

  • Suits could affect N.M. House races

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawsuits have been filed that seek to disqualify at least three Republican candidates and two Democrats from running for the New Mexico House of Representatives, according to court documents released Monday.

    The lawsuits in state district courts could eliminate competition in three House races between Republicans and Democrats, as well as two primaries in Democrat-dominated districts.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Thursday-Friday, March 29-30
    Joint Holy Week services will be held at First United Methodist, First United Presbyterian, and St. Paul’s Peace Churches. Maundy Thursday service with optional foot washing, followed by an Agape meal eaten in solemn silence, will be held at St. Paul’s Peace at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. A noon Good Friday service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Friday, March 30. A Service of Shadows will be held at First United Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

  • ‘But I wuz robbed’

    I miss my dad. He died at age 94 — way back last century. He was long-lived and clung on, despite some 25 hospitalizations of at least a week’s duration.

    But before you surmise this column is going to be one of those “I Remember Mama” themes, let me assure you it is not. Throughout most of life (his), I was far from his favorite son (there were five of us children, and Dad’s younger brother moved in with us on the death of their mother).

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

  • Winning with Grace

    One of the most valuable cheerleaders in West Las Vegas’ historic repeat championship this past weekend wasn’t even on the floor of The Pit when the squad was performing.

    But she was in the hearts and minds of her former teammates just the same.

    Their routine even reflected it, when they hit one particular pose, stuck their heads up high and together yelled “Grace!”

  • College roundup: Homers can't save Highlands

    This past weekend in local college athletics:

    • New Mexico Highlands University baseball (8-20) took one win in a four-game Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference road series at Regis Friday through Sunday in Denver.

    Regis took Friday’s opener 12-7 after the teams combined for nine home runs. Andrew Bryniarski hit two for Regis as part of the Rangers’ 5-1 start. Auggie Francis, Codie Simmons, Justin DeHoog, Jared Brown and Carlos Ramirez all hit homers for Highlands.