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Today's News

  • West students to compete in D.C.

    A little-known after-school club at West Middle School called Business Professionals of America burst onto the scene five years ago, and its participants have since won state and national attention at competitions in Albuquerque and New York City.

    This year, 30 West Middle School students brought home state titles, and they’re now gearing up to compete at the national level. West High School is sending 10 state champions to nationals. Valley Middle School, which just started its chapter this year, is sending five students.

  • Senate panel passes capital projects bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers are proposing to finance $240 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, including $15 million for projects needed for Native American water rights settlements.

    The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

  • $809,000 sidewalk project under way

    Anyone who has driven down Seventh Street between Mills Avenue and Lee Drive recently knows that the frustrating orange cones have made their return to Las Vegas.
    Crews are working on an $809,000 curb and sidewalk project.

    The project, which started about a week and a half ago, is expected to  be completed by late April or early May, said Kenny Lujan, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation’s District 4 office.

    Lujan is cautioning motorists to drive carefully in the area.

  • LV man jailed for weekend stabbing

    Las Vegas police arrested a 49-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed someone Saturday night.

    Jerry Cordova, of the 1300 block of Keen Street, has been charged with aggravated battery and tampering with evidence. Magistrate Philip Romero set his bond at $10,000 cash.

    According to a statement of probable cause filed Monday in Magistrate Court, the victim, Leroy Vigil, walked into the Las Vegas Police Department at about 10 p.m. Saturday and reported that he had been stabbed on the left side of his stomach.

  • Hitting the nail on the head

    Katie Houdek, a sophomore at Robertson High School, had a great idea for her confirmation class service project. Last week she hosted a “Heroes Welcome Lunch” for Las Vegas police officers, firefighters and support personnel as a way to express appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our community.

    “Police and firemen do a lot for us,” she said, “and they don’t get paid very much.”

  • Work of Art: Can we recover that lost hour?

    Did anyone show up an hour late for church on Sunday? There seems to be a correlation between the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and the number of excuses people conjure up for being an hour late.

  • Que Pasa - March 16, 2011

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • San Miguel Search and Rescue will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at the Professional Home Health Care Annex, 1931 Seventh in Las Vegas.

    • Preparation for simple tax returns for low and middle income persons and seniors offered by AARP Tax Aide in association with the local Meadow City AARP Chapter and the Las Vegas Senior Citizens Center. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 16, April 4 and April 8 at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 500 Sabino St. To schedule an appointment call, 425-6261.

  • Noticias - March 16, 2011

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

  • Graham All-American again

    Angella Graham now has one All-American performance for each of her 10 fingers.

    The New Mexico Highlands University senior finished her collegiate career by placing among the top 10 in three events in the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championship meet. The meet was hosted Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

  • Sunday rallies fall short for Highlands

    Sunday afternoon was one for rallies that fell just short.

    New Mexico Highlands baseball and softball teams both erased sizable deficits with late-game heroics only to come up shy.

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    Coach Steve Jones’ Cowboys (7-8 overall, 3-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) spotted Nebraska-Kearney an 11-0 lead through two innings, then battled back to eventually make it a one-run margin at 13-12 going into the ninth.