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Today's News

  • Vegas boxers thrill home crowd

    Amanda Crespin scored her first professional victory much the way she might have wanted it — in front of a hometown crowd at the old gym she used to frequent.

    Crespin (1-2-1) endured a final-round barrage from opponent Linda Custodio to win a unanimous decision Saturday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Generally, it was a good night for the locals whose pugilistic skills were showcased in Carlos Crespin’s first card as a pro boxing promoter.

  • Lady Dons get offensive

    Hitting .500 in both games, West Las Vegas swept Santa Fe Indian in district softball by scores of 11-8 and 10-8 on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, Robertson lost twice to Pojoaque, 6-3 and 5-2.

    “We are playing better every week,” said West coach Lucas Griego, noting his team hit 18 of 36 in game one and 17 of 34 in game two.

    Larrissa Gallegos opened the scoring for West with a two-run double that plated Kris Padilla and Angelica Salazar. Mariquita Zamora drove in Gallegos, and Francine Solano did the same for Zamora.

  • Letter: April is Counseling Awareness Month

    I am writing to you and the readers of the Optic today to let you know that April is Counseling Awareness Month!

    Were you aware that:

    • There are more than 600,000 professional counselors working in educational, mental health, community agency, private practice and other related human service settings all across the nation — with many of us right here in Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

    • Professional counselors work with human growth and development issues and problems of people at all life stages, from childhood through the senior years.

  • Council divided on boxing issue

    A local business requested money from the city to help with the promotion of a boxing event. It didn’t get all that it wanted.

    Crespin’s Boxing requested $2,500 for an event, which happened Saturday in Las Vegas. But the city staff recommended against approving the application because of “funding constraints.”

  • Sheriff hopefuls debate Tasers

    Three Democratic candidates for San Miguel County sheriff said the Sheriff’s Department should be able to use Tasers, which are electroshock weapons.

    Another said it’s too early because the department is still an inmate transport agency, not a law enforcement one. Still another said he’s opposed to the weapon entirely, to which an independent candidate agreed.

    Candidates for sheriff and magistrate judge took questions during a forum on Thursday sponsored by the Highlands University Graduate Student Senate.

  • Highlands wins conference

    Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champs.

    New Mexico Highlands University claimed that distinction over the weekend in perhaps the sweetest way possible — with a decisive road win over nemesis Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Cowboys (33-8 overall and 23-5 in RMAC play) beat the host Mavericks 15-8 on Friday for the clincher.

    As a result, the team will be the top seed in the RMAC tournament coming up May 5-8 in Kearney, Neb.

  • Man convicted of trafficking cocaine

    A Las Vegas man has been convicted of trafficking cocaine and will be serving two years behind bars, officials said.

    Delfino “Delfy” Salazar, 54, was recently sentenced to two years in prison, followed by two years of probation and parole, District Attorney Richard Flores said. If Salazar is caught trafficking drugs again, prosecutors could use the first conviction to justify charging him with a first-degree felony, Flores said.

  • Alamo Street project resumes

    A contractor has resumed the Alamo Street project, which is slated to be finished by month’s end.

    That’s likely to be a relief to residents on Alamo, who have complained about the muddy street during the worst of winter. It took residents four-wheel drives at times to get to their houses.

    The contractor, Sangre de Cristo Gravel, said it tried its best to keep the road as navigable as possible.

    In mid-December, the city suspended the paving project on Alamo from McRae to South Pacific streets because of the onset of winter.

  • Famous scientist visits Las Vegas

    Ushered into the United World College auditorium by youngsters wielding a huge cloth “Peace Dove,” London-born Jane Goodall, world-renowned ethologist  and primatologist, was greeted with a standing ovation by the overflow crowd.

    Goodall immediately charmed the group with her own greeting — the rising cadence of  “OO-OO-OO-OO-OO” — recognizable as the sound of chimpanzee salutation.

  • Editorial: Slippery explanations

    Our elected officials are required to live in the districts they represent. So it’s fair game to ask candidates for office about their residency.

    Voters can now reasonably wonder if District 1 San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia lives here or in Sandoval County, which is two hours down the road.

    When a reporter called Garcia last week about these issues, she didn’t return the message. Instead, she had her husband and predecessor on the board, LeRoy Garcia, answer our reporter’s inquiries.