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Today's News

  • West gets it done

    How the West has won.

    West Las Vegas topped Robertson in baseball and softball games on Tuesday, taking the former by a 7-5 count and the latter in a 9-4 verdict.

    The Dons’ win gives them a three-game series sweep of their crosstown rivals and puts them in striking distance of second place in District 2-3A.

    Manny Blea chalked up three hits in four at-bats for West, but he got plenty of help through the lineup, as eight Dons had at least one hit each.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... CREATIVE INGENUITY. A simple little “mil gracias” letter alerted us to a creative approach to education. Two local merchants — Hacienda and Gamble’s, provided Legion Park Elementary School students with a couple of hundred brown-paper bags and the kids used them to draw and color pictures of what they love most about our planet, as part of their Earth Day lesson. The decorated bags were then taken back to the stores for distribution to their customers.

  • Highlands athletes recognized for academic achievement

    A number of New Mexico Highlands University student athletes in the school’s winter and spring sports are among the league honorees for academic performance this year.

  • West board member: I was 'blindsided'

    A West Las Vegas school board member said Thursday she was “blindsided” by the district's music director, Arenell David Arellanes, who took swipes against politicians in announcing that he was leaving for a new job.

    Arellanes, who was recently recognized as the National Music Educator of the Year by the National Association of High Schools, has signed a contract with Albuquerque’s Sandia Prep for next school year.

  • Above and Beyond: 2010 yearbook is tops, firm says

    By Don Pace

    Las Vegas Optic 

    In 1973, Barbara Streisand sang, “Scattered pictures, of the smiles we left behind, smiles we gave to one another. Misty water -- colored memories of the way we were.”

    One way high school graduates in America have of remembering their friends is looking through their yearbook. And with every yearbook comes a staff that has worked for a year collecting and preserving those memories.

  • Letter: Evening meal seeks new location

    As of April 20, the free Tuesday evening meal at the United Community Soup Kitchen will be stopped. The Soup Kitchen director made the decision to end this service to the community. For 20 months, a group of community volunteers have supervised and assisted in running this service, which provides a free meal to the 30 to 40-plus children and adults who show up each week for the meal served from 4 to 4:45 p.m. We believe it is our moral responsibility to continue to meet this need of our community.

  • Mayor: Rate hikes possible

    Looking to keep taxes and fees the same? That’s probably not realistic, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz says.

    At Wed-nesday’s City Council meeting, Ortiz said the city’s utilities departments had many needs, so he warned residents that the city may have to ask them to pay more.

    “Rates if anything are going to go up, not down. We need to pay for improvements,” the mayor said.

    He said the state and federal governments are in dire financial situations, so the city may have to absorb many costs itself, rather than relying on outside grants.

  • Las Vegans lose weight in challenge

    Las Vegans shed well more than 100 pounds in body fat in the recent Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, officials said.

    The staff from the city’s recreation center presented the winners of the challenge on Wednesday. Mayor Alfonso Ortiz noted that the challenge began under his predecessor, Tony Marquez.

    “I’m not the fittest, but I’m holding my own,” the new mayor said.

    A total of 225 people signed up to take part in the challenge, more than in previous ones.

  • Brown honored by RMAC

    While the New Mexico Highlands baseball team has continued its ascent in the national rankings, the Cowboys have also racked up individual accolades. Danny Brown, the Cowboys’ dual threat in pitching and hitting,  this past week became the latest honoree, securing the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week award.

    It is the fourth such award for a Highlands player this season.

  • Luna fires baseball coach

    It’s been a rough ride indeed this season for the Luna Community College baseball program, but for embattled head coach Peter Ortiz, the ride is over.

    Luna officials on Wednesday afternoon announced Ortiz has been fired effective immediately, with assistant coach Antonio Siqueiros taking over for the remainder of the season.

    LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos said the college will not comment on the reasons for Ortiz’s termination because it is a personnel matter. And Ortiz has not responded to the Optic’s requests for an interview.