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Today's News

  • District: West has expensive new track, but it’s already messy

    The West Las Vegas school district spent a bundle for the new sports complex that includes an Olympic-quality running track.

    Now that track is being damaged by those who spit out their gum and throw other debris on the running surface. The track was finished last year.

    West paid $1.8 million for the football field and the state-of-the-art running track that sports a red and green color scheme.

    The track was laid by Mondo Sports Specialties of Albuquerque, whose parent company provides world class sports products worldwide.

  • 18-year-old accused of stabbing woman

    A man has been charged with stabbing a woman during a domestic dispute.

    Cruz Gallegos, 18, faces two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon against a household member, a third-degree felony. He also is charged with counts of child abuse, false imprisonment, aggravated assault of a household member and tampering with evidence.

    Gallegos remains at large, and police are seeking any information on his whereabouts.

  • Police Department’s crime scene van damaged

    The Las Vegas Police Department’s crime scene van has been damaged.
    Over the weekend, one of the van’s windows was broken, interim Police Chief Christian Montaño said. It was at the Fourth Street house of the department’s evidence technician.

    The police caught two juveniles who are believed to have caused the damage, Montaño said.

    The van used to be parked at the Police Department, but the agency wanted to have an employee take it home, so it would run regularly, which helps with maintenance, Montaño said.

  • Promoter: ‘Boxeo II’ drew 1,000-plus fans

    Saturday night’s “Boxeo en Las Vegas II” show attracted more than 1,000 fans, says promoter Carlos Crespin.

    Crespin put the estimate at up to 1,400 who showed up for the professional boxing card, his second such venture as head of Crespin’s Promotions.

    The Optic earlier reported an attendance figure closer to 800 at Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

    Whatever the correct figure, Saturday’s event seemed to be a hit with fans, and it served up both competitive, entertaining fights and quick knockouts.

  • Cowboys 6th in RMAC hoops poll

    After losing several key players instrumental in a historic turnaround of Cowboy basketball’s fortunes over the past two years, the New Mexico Highlands men’s hoops program is picked to finish sixth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this season.

    Meanwhile, Fort Lewis College — led by consensus RMAC Preseason Player of the Year DeAndre Lansdowne — is the favorite to take the league championship.

    Those were among the findings in the RMAC’s preseason coaches’ poll released this month.

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  • Union should stay, period

    The West Las Vegas school board is doing the right thing in reconsidering its previous decision to close Union Elementary School. As the best-performing school in the district, Union should not only remain open, but it should be held up as an educational model for other schools in the district.

  • Humor is therapeutic

    Ever have a day when anything you attempt to help brighten things falls flat? That’s the story of my life.

    Here’s how:

    I often try to reach people through humor. I don’t mean that I see life as an interminable joke-fest but merely that I believe in the therapeutic qualities of laughter. And if that’s true, my students of more than 40 years ago have to be healthy. There are limits, and on occasion I’ve needed to make sure the person with whom I attempted the humor is comfortable. It’s also a joy, not to mention flattering, when the recipient of my humor pays me back in kind.

  • Union fate looks better

    The West Las Vegas school board may be changing its mind about closing Union Elementary School.


    It now looks like the school will continue.


    Last month, the board voted unanimously to move Union kids to what would be an expanded and renovated Tony Serna Elementary.


    The same vote would have moved the Family Partnership School to the Union building.


    Union is Las Vegas’ best-performing elementary school for reading and math proficiency.

  • West asked to give city water rights for free

    The city wants the West Las Vegas school district to turn over its water rights to the city.


    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz made the plea to the West school board last week.


    “We’re in dire need of water, and the school district has four acre feet of water that has been approved by the state engineer’s office. On the other hand, the state says you are not entitled to another 38 acre feet you thought you had,” Ortiz said.