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Today's News

  • RMAC: Cowgirls host Regis

    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer tournament is coming to Las Vegas.

    New Mexico Highlands University will host a first-round match with Regis at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Perkins Stadium.

    The Cowgirls (9-6-3 overall) earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament by finishing 7-6-1 in RMAC play. Regis is 8-7-2 and 6-6-2, respectively, getting into the tourney as the No. 5 seed.

  • District volleyball tourney runs through Saturday

    Pojoaque Valley will host the District 2-3A volleyball tournament final on Saturday night in Jacona.

    Both of Las Vegas’ high school teams will be vying to make that date with the Elkettes.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 6, 2013

    Wednesday
    Volleyball
    • District 2-3A tournament: Robertson-Taos winner at Raton, 7 p.m., Raton

    Thursday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Friday
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • District 2-3A tournament semifinal: Wednesday’s winner at West Las Vegas, 7 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • No injuries in drive-by shooting

    A Toyota Camry and at least one business on Sixth Street were hit with bullets early Friday morning in what Las Vegas police are investigating as a drive-by.

    There were no injuries, and police have yet to arrest a suspect in the case, said Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño.

    The incident occurred on the 500 block of Sixth Street near Grand Avenue at about 1 a.m. A Toyota Camry parked there had multiple bullet holes and a shattered rear window. The front glass window of Outback Firearms also had a bullet hole.

  • West trying to resolve maintenance problems

    Custodians at the West Las Vegas School District were assured last week that rumors that their jobs are about to be contracted out are false.

    The school board and Superintendent Gene Parson cleared up the rumor during a marathon meeting Wednesday afternoon.   

    But the board did urge maintenance employees to work with district management on several issues, including preventative maintenance and ensuring the district property is clean and presentable.

  • Bank executive leaving post

    A top executive of  Community 1st Bank has resigned his position to accept another job.

    On Thursday, bank President Keith Tucker informed bank staff of the resignation of Executive Vice President Ernesto Salazar. Salazar, who is also a Las Vegas City Schools board member, has served an the executive vice president of the bank for roughly eight years.

    In an email obtained by the Optic, Tucker writes, “I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

  • Some species become urbanized - HU grad student studies bears

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University biology graduate student is studying black bears that move between wild and urban areas in northern New Mexico.

    While urban wildlife like coyotes and raccoons are a growing area of research, Casey Taylor’s thesis research is one of the first to study bears.

  • Health care plans ending for 27K New Mexicans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Nearly 26,000 New Mexicans are having health plans terminated at the end of the year because the insurance policies fail to provide expanded benefits and other coverage mandated by a federal health care law, according to insurance industry officials.

    State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini estimates most of those individual policyholders will pay an average of 35 percent more for new coverage, but will have plans with more benefits.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 4, 2013

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - Nov. 4, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Nov. 4 —The Board of Regents of Highlands University has authorized the administration to institute condemnation proceedings against four pieces of property on Ladies Home Avenue, which the university has been unable to buy through negotiations. Members of the board are Lilburn C. Homan, Mrs. Evelyn F. Irish, Joe L. Otero, J.D. Robb and David Salman.