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Today's News

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 17, 2010

    TODAY

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters is raffling a red 2010 Chrysler Sebring Limited with sunroof, leather seats, 3,500 miles, provided by NM Auto Wholesalers. The drawing will be held Friday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $100. Only 300 tickets will be sold. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in San Miguel and Mora counties. For more information, call 426-8510.

    SATURDAY

  • East board picks interim leader

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez expressed surprise at being named interim superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools on Monday.

    She wasn’t the only one shocked. The local buzz had other well-known names taking the seat vacated by Rick Romero, whose resignation was accepted at a meeting last week after a controversy over his flash drive that allegedly contained inappropriate files.

  • Transfer station upsets residents

    A city panel on Monday recommended the city annex the solid waste transfer station into city limits and change the area into a heavy industrial zone.

    That upset the station’s neighbors, who contended the city had failed to keep garbage from blowing onto their properties.

    The city, however, wanted to annex the 54 acres to gain the sales tax revenue from a nearly $400,000 project to renovate the transfer station, where trash is taken to be hauled to the garbage dump near Wagon Mound.

  • Fiesta group won’t release finances

    The Las Vegas Fiesta Council is not releasing its finances to the public, its leader says.

    “Our financial records are proprietary at this point,” council President Mathew Martinez said in an e-mail last week to the Optic. “We will not furnish this information to you.”

    The finances became an issue after Martinez terminated a third of the council’s 18 members in July, following the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. Many of those members said the group hadn’t opened its books to the membership in months.

  • Woman wants East to compensate her for damage to truck

    A Las Vegas woman wants the Las Vegas City Schools to compensate her for damage to her truck after the homecoming bonfire in September.

    Dianna Medrano said her truck sustained extensive damage as a result of the school district’s failure to have appropriate crowd control after the bonfire at Robertson High School on Sept. 9.

    She said she had filed a claim with the school district.

    “Someone needs to pay for the damage. You can’t have kids running around and damaging cars,” Medrano said.

  • Local fighters shine in Silver Gloves debut

    Compared to almost everyone around him at Crespin’s Gym for this past weekend’s New Mexico Silver Gloves Championships, Amadeo Lopez didn’t bring much of a resumé of boxing accomplishments.

    He’s gone toe to toe with a number of opponents — on the tennis court.

    In the boxing ring?

    Not so much.

    In fact, the 15-year-old Las Vegan has only been training seriously for a few months, and his experience as a pugilist prior to the Silver Gloves event had been limited to a few sparring sessions.

  • Cards win Jag invite

    Daniel Martinez earned Outstanding Middleweight Wrestler honors — not to mention a 160-pound championship — in this past Friday’s 21st annual Jaguar Invitational, now a one-day event.

    In all, six Cardinals won individual titles, helping Robertson cruise to a team championship with 250.5 team points, ahead of Goddard, Santa Fe High and host Capital.

    Richard Montoya (103 lbs.), James Gonzales (125), Jeremy Valdez (135), Troy Estrada (145), and heavyweight Gabe Lovato joined Martinez in winning their weight classes.

  • Good Sports
  • Challenges for new CEO

    Congratulations to Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, who, after about three months as interim CEO, now takes the reins on a more permanent basis. We wish her well.

    We anticipate she will be welcomed as an important leader in our city, since the local hospital is such a critical element to the area’s quality of life. And she’s off to a good start, having been introduced to the community through her interim position. So far she’s left a good impression.

  • Work of Art: A friend of Elizabeth Edwards

    By Art Trujillo

    Las Vegas Optic

    The world lost a bright, dedicated, articulate woman last week when Elizabeth Ed-wards died of breast cancer. She was the estranged wife of John Edwards, who appeared in Las Vegas in 2004, as the Democratic running mate of John Kerry.

    John Edwards sought the presidential nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama. One person who knew the late Mrs. Edwards well is Kate Lockwood, a nurse and massage therapist from Las Vegas.