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Today's News

  • As It Is: More openness locally

    Both the city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County are saving trees these days.

    Last year, the County Commission started using laptops at its meetings. Since then, I have been able to get a CD with all of the backup documentation for the issues on the county's agenda.

    That provides me with much information about county business and helps me report about it for our readers.

  • Crespin wins again

    Amanda Crespin squared her professional record at 2-2-1 Friday night, taking a four-round unanimous decision over Clara de la Torre (1-10) of Santa Fe.

    The match opened a card co-promoted by Danny Romero and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque.

    It was the second win in less than two weeks for Crespin, who beat Linda Custodio on April 24 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Student graduates from Luna before high school ends

    Sarah Bustos took part in Luna Community College’s graduation Saturday. That’s two weeks before she gets her diploma at West Las Vegas High School.

    Isn’t that out of order?

    Not for Bustos.

    The West cheerleader has been taking classes at Luna since she was a high school sophomore. She got enough credits to get her general education certificate at Luna’s graduation. That’s enough, she said, to qualify her as a junior at Highlands University — a big head start for a bachelor’s degree.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    Thanks to everyone who made the 7th annual SynergyFest a success.  Thanks to the SynergyFest committee members for many months of hard work:  Rob Bailey, Mitch Barker, Rebecca Glenn, Lloyd Goding, Daniel Jencka, Ben Jeremiah and Cary Lane.  The volunteers from Amigos de Rio Gallinas School under the chair of Anny Ruge and Anna Ortega once again provided fun activities at the Sunshine Kids Village.  

  • Little League

    Las Vegas Optic

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    THURSDAY, MAY 6

    La Plaza minors baseball: Angels 18, Giants 3

    La Plaza majors baseball: Yankees 12, Angels 2

    Interleague softball: La Plaza Marlins 18, Las Vegas Pink Sox 12

    Las Vegas minors baseball: DBacks 13, Mariners 10; Red Sox 8, Cubs 3;

    Upcoming games:

    MONDAY, MAY 10

    La Plaza majors baseball: Yankees vs. Dodgers, 7:30 p.m.

  • Letter: Flooding problem still not fixed

    A few years ago, Cinder Road was blacktopped with asphalt. The makeshift design by the county made little or no consideration for drainage or floodwater runoff. These problems were brought to the attention of county officials, with our concerns falling on deaf ears. After several heavy rains caused damage to my property and the county commissioner of District 1 did nothing to alleviate the problems caused by poor maintenance and design, I contacted Sen. Pete Campos.

  • NMHU wins RMAC tourney

    NCAA regionals, here we come.

    New Mexico Highlands on Sunday won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, beating archrival Mesa State 8-6 in the second of two games with the Mavericks. The Cowboys (39-11) are expected to be officially named the host team of the upcoming NCAA Central regional in Farmington.

    David Bustillos and Scott Heath tallied three hits apiece and Kyle Gutchewsky drove in three runs to lead Highlands on Sunday. Tyler Wichmann was the winning pitcher.

  • Letter: Don't stereotype police either

    The Arizona law is not liked by many because it clumps all Hispanics, Latinos and Mexicans into one group. It stereotypes them all as illegal, unemployed, drug dealers, and sponges of our system. I, like most of you, have not read the law itself, but only see what opponents and proponents say about it. But it doesn’t stereotype only one group, it does more.

  • Amanda back in ring tonight

    Less than two weeks after scoring her first professional victory, Meadow City boxer Amanda Crespin is back in the ring.

    Crespin is scheduled to fight Clara de la Torre of Santa Fe on Friday night as part of the cooperative venture of Danny Romero and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque. Tickets range from $15 to $100.

    ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” will televise part of the card, which begins at 7 p.m.

  • Fees dropped at transfer station

    City solid waste customers can now bring trash for free to the transfer station.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz has signed an executive order waiving fees for people to bring garbage to the station. All they have to do is show a city utility bill for proof.

    Alvin Jiron, the solid waste manager, said the order takes effect Monday.

    Officials said the order was an attempt to reduce the amount of illegal dumping in alleys and arroyos.