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Today's News

  • Commitee commends retiring teachers

    Next chance you have, thank a teacher. They help build lives and give to their students more than most of us realize. Teachers touch not just one child but generations of students, That’s the message that the Community Committee for Better Schools wants to send, along with commendations to the teachers and staff of both Las Vegas school districts who are retiring this year.

  • Mil Gracias

    On Saturday, May 15, The Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas held its 19th annual Bike Safety Rodeo. Las Vegas area kids obtained helmets and learned bike safety by participating in the safety course.  The project consisted of proper fitting of the helmets, bike adjustments for mechanical safety and size.  The remaining course involved stations where the riders experienced hazards of bike riding.

  • Carr does it again

    Jason Carr has added another All-American baseball award to his collection of accolades for 2010.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s senior first baseman, Carr was named to the second-team All-America by Rawlings and the American Baseball Coaches Association this past week.

    Carr, who led NMHU with a single-season high 25 home runs, has already been honored as a Daktronics All-American for his exploits this past season.

    NMHU finished 41-13 and ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II Central Region.

  • Letter: Politicians need to be kicked out

    Shame, shame, shame on the politicians. They claim they are serving the people. Not so, they are serving themselves. Our present state representative, whose spouse was convicted after the scandal at West schools and is now working at Luna, courtesy of our senator (shame on him, also). Then there is the ex-con helping his brother on the campaign trail. Disgusting. How low can you go? A number of years ago, another brother who was a magistrate was caught red handed with stolen property. We knew their father, an honest, hard-working farmer. Lord Lord, he will turn over in his grave.

  • Man sold drugs from shop, police say

    A local man was arrested Wednesday for using his business and house to sell drugs, authorities said.

    Julian Gallegos, 30, owner of Xtreme Nutrition, 1213 Bridge St., was charged with two counts of trafficking drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The Las Vegas Police Department served a warrant on Gallegos late Wednesday afternoon, blocking traffic on Bridge Street.

  • Official: West workers reject furlough day

    The West Las Vegas school district was planning a voluntary furlough day for today. But it appears as if most employees won’t take advantage of it.

    Late last week, the district was expecting 80 to 90 percent of employees to take the furlough day, Superintendent Jim Abreu said. But after a story in Monday’s Optic about possible raises for two top top officials, the furlough program largely collapsed, he said.

  • Speed is focus of NMHU camp

    New Mexico Highlands University head track and field coach Bob DeVries and his staff will host the first NMHU Speed Development Camp June 14-16 at the NMHU track. The camp is open to athletes in all sports entering grades 7-12.

    NMHU assistant coach Patrick Johnson will be the lead instructor at the camp.

    Johnson is a Level 5 IAAF certified coach in the sprints---the highest level of certification offered by the world track and field governing body. His athletes have won numerous championships in Jamaica — the current sprinting capital of the world.

  • Bradley-bound

    Keeping alive a family tradition while making a little history all his own, Kevin Keiner of Las Vegas will play tennis and attend school at Bradley, an NCAA Division I university in Peoria, Ill.

    This past weekend was busy for Keiner, who not only attended his graduation ceremony at Robertson High, he also signed a national letter of intent making official his college choice.

    Oh yeah. He also made time for an impromptu game with sister Jennifer, now an assistant tennis coach at Cincinnati, who returned to Las Vegas to celebrate both major moments with her kid brother.

  • RHS suspect pleads guilty

    SANTA FE -- Michael Gallegos, the ringleader behind the sexual assaults on his fellow Robertson High School football players nearly two years ago, admitted to the crimes Monday.

    In Santa Fe’s District Court, Gallegos pleaded guilty to counts of criminal sexual penetration, attempted criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy.

    Gallegos, the son of former City Councilman Michael Gallegos, apologized to his family and his former teammates. He said he understood how hard it’s been on the victims.

  • Work of Art: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace

    Sometimes it’s easy to identify with Gen. Halftrack, the forlorn company commander in the Beetle Bailey comic strip, who laments never receiving mail from the Pentagon.

    On occasion, I receive no feedback to items in Work of Art. But last week, there was an avalanche. A number of people e-mailed with comments about the alumni/ alumnus matter and solved a dozen common expressions which had been put into high-falutin’ language.

    All the responses came via e-mail, except for Betty Quick, who was quick to hand-deliver some of her own creations, listed below.