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Today's News

  • Freshman Academy criticized

    Parents expressed displeasure Thursday with the way Robertson High School’s Freshman Academy is being run.

    At a work session of the Las Vegas City Schools board, Matt and Martha Martinez and Katherine Duran told the board that substitute teachers were being used as long-term alternatives when teachers leave the district.

    The Martinezes accused the administration of taking assets from ninth-graders to give to upperclassmen.

  • Film with local roots

    Las Vegas has a strong history in films, from Red Dawn to Academy Award winner No County for Old Men. On Friday, however, local filmmaking took a dramatic turn.

    Paul Davids’ Film “Before We Say Goodbye” hit the big screen of Ilfeld Auditorium for several hundred people to enjoy.

    “Wonderful. I cried at the very end,” said Las Vegas resident Joseph Gonzales following his viewing of the film Friday afternoon. “It was so touching.”

    The nearly 90-minute film is based on Highlands University alumna Patricia Crespin’s “We are Hispanic American Women …OK?”

  • Cordova’s contract renewed

    West Las Vegas Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova conducts business with a soft-spoken and dignified demeanor. And when the school board asked him why they should extend his contract, his reply was brief and to the point.

  • School board candidate forums set

    School board candidate forums are schedule to take place this Tuesday and Thursday in the West and East district facilities. Both forums are scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    On Tuesday, candidates for three open positions on West’s school board will face off at the high school.

    Running for office are Kenny Lujan, incumbent, and Henry Abeyta Sr. for Position 1; Gary Gold, incumbent, and Lorenzo Flores and Ambrose Castellano for Position 2; and Caroline Lopez, incumbent, and Marvin Martinez for Position 3.

    On Thursday, the East forum will be held at Memorial Middle School.

  • Rowe jogger killed by Amtrak train

    The Associated Press
    ROWE — New Mexico State Police say a woman jogger has been killed after being hit by an Amtrak train in the unincorporated community of Rowe.

    Police identify the victim as 18-year-old Amanda Byrne of Rowe.

    Witnesses told police that the woman was jogging on the tracks about 2 p.m. Friday and the train’s engineer made several attempts to alert her by sounding the horn. He then made an emergency attempt to stop the train before it fatally hit the victim.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 17, 2011

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  • American dreamer

    This Optic editorial first appeared on Jan. 17, 2005.

    “... I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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  • Publisher’s Note: Flawed heritage

    I remember the day after Martin Luther King was killed just across the Mississippi River from my home-state of Arkansas. I was 11 years old and working for a man raking leaves, and I asked him what he thought about it.

    He said King got what he was asking for.

    And I remember years later, when I was applying for a job in Little Rock and the man interviewing me outlined the holidays I would get — the new King holiday was one, he said, but a lot of the employees preferred to celebrate it as the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday instead.

  • West girls conquer Aztec tourney

    A 49-47 photo finish against Class 4A Artesia gave West Las Vegas a tournament championship Saturday afternoon in the three-day Aztec Invitational.

    What a difference a week makes.

    West and coach Jose Medina have won four in a row — including the 3-0 weekend tourney — since a humbling 0-2 trip through Lovington and Portales.

    Significantly, the Lady Dons were able to win both close games and routs in getting back on track.

  • Daniel in the Cougars’ den

    ALBUQUERQUE — Taking state in wrestling is one thing.

    Winning your weight class in the Joe Vivian Classic is something else.

    A state championship means you’ve conquered the best grappling competition your school classification has to offer.

    A Joe Vivian title means you’ve survived the most brutal bracket in New Mexico, beating all comers across all classifications, not just those from similarly sized schools.