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Today's News

  • Three locals all-state baseball

    Las Vegas high school baseball hit a triple when the all-state teams were announced this past week.

    West Las Vegas senior Jared Gallegos and Robertson’s Nicholas Aragon and Girard Maestas all earned selection to the Class 3A all-state team.

    Gallegos was chosen as one of six first-team all-state pitchers. He also made the second team as an outfielder.

    As one of two main starting pitchers for the Dons this past season, Gallegos went 3-3 and posted a 5.35 earned run average with 67 strikeouts and 15 walks.

  • Letter: Compassion must be in government

    This letter is prompted by the visibility and apparent success of the Tea Party phenomenon, more specifically by the letter by Annette Franklin in the Optic on May 19.

  • Letter: Loehr off base in observations

    John Loehr did not tell us where he attended high school. I found it interesting that he seems so horrified that anyone would not like the president and some people would even use racial epithets to describe the president.

    He talks about what a fine father and husband and basketball player he is. Of course, none of those attributes make for presidential qualities and abilities.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of the West Las Vegas Music Department, we would like to thank the following individuals and businesses that contributed to our event: Platinum sponsor: Bank of Las Vegas. Silver sponsor: State Employees Credit Union, Deseo (John and Rose Montoya), ENMR, and State Rep. Richard D. Vigil of District 70. Bronze sponsors: Herrera Coaches, WLV board President Christine Ludi, WLV board member and Mrs. Kenny Lujan, First Community Bank, Antonio Ortega, Roy Pacheco for Sheriff, and KNMX (Mr. Matt Martinez).

  • Letter: Family urges support for father

    We, the sons and daughters of Arthur Padilla, want to thank you for your support for our father. He has served Las Vegas and the surrounding community for the past 40 years through his service in law enforcement and, most recently, his eight years as county commissioner.

    Our father is retired and will give 100 percent of his time and effort to help the people of San Miguel County. He has a personal open communication policy in which you may call and express your concerns or opinions. His values, strong ethics and experience speak for themselves.

  • Panel's makeup in dispute

    Some are alleging that San Miguel County’s new task force on oil and gas regulations is heavily weighted toward the industry. Of the 10 members, four of them have ties to oil and gas.  In April, the County Commission formed the panel to make recommendations for an ordinance that would deal specifically with oil and gas drilling.

  • Letter: No regard for grieving family

    I am writing this letter to let you know that I feel very sad and angry when I read the Optic article in Friday, May 21. This is in regards to my nephew Abel Herrera, who crashed and died during a pursuit by police.

  • Teen almost dies in drinking binge

    A 13-year-old girl almost died after drinking a good portion of a whiskey bottle, city police said. Two adults are being charged. Adam Yara, 24, and Laura Archuleta-Flores, 21, were charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said.  According to authorities, the suspects bought the bottle of whiskey at 77 Package Liquors for the 13-year-old girl and her 16-year-old boyfriend. The suspects allegedly took the teenagers to Archuleta-Flores’ house at 510 Grand Ave, Space No.

  • Dons skipper leads North

    Dean Gallegos, who has guided the West Las Vegas Dons baseball team back to the postseason two years running, will head the coaching staff for the North All-Stars in the upcoming Class 3A baseball showcase event. The North-South baseball games are scheduled for June 9-11 in Socorro. Joining Gallegos in the annual all-star contest will be two of his Dons team leaders — outfielder Michael Armijo and pitcher-outfielder Jared Gallegos — as well as Robertson shortstop Adrian Jaramillo.  Meanwhile, several area softball players were honore

  • Letter: Optic shouldn't stop comments

    I was shocked and saddened to find that the Optic no longer allows Las Vegas citizens to comment online. This was one of the only outlets in a city that controls any disagreement or new ideas.

    Speaking before the City Council is a hopeless travesty. The new city attorney interrupts and claims any mention of a city worker’s name or job description is to be handled by “personnel” and not to be spoken in public.