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Today's News

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... VAGUE REASONING. The West Las Vegas school board worked into the wee hours Thursday night and finally voted down a contract renewal for Superintendent Jim Abreu. After three years on the job, he’ll be leaving the post at the end of June.

    The reason for his dismissal? Well, only a vague reference to moving the district “forward” was given. It seems to us that such a huge decision deserves a clearer public explanation.

  • Publisher's Note: Free speech and cheap shots

    I must admit to a certain level of angst when it comes to one of our more popular online features — the comments at the end of most Optic stories posted on our website.

    I’m torn between a deep-seated belief in the people’s right to free speech and my journalistic upbringing that newspapers should act responsibly in their use of the “free press” provision also in the First Amendment. Allowing anonymous writers to post belligerent and destructive comments on the Optic’s website just doesn’t sit well with me.

  • West notches 15 hits at SFIS

    West Las Vegas’ baseball players picked the right time to get their offense on track — the start of the District 2-3A schedule.

    The Dons amassed a season-high 15 hits on Tuesday in a 9-7 win at Santa Fe Indian School. It was the second win in eight games to date.

    “We hit the ball well,” said WLV head coach Dean Gallegos. “We had been swinging the bats well (this season), but we were hitting the ball right at people. We started that way (on Tuesday). But we started finding holes (in the defense). Even our outs were hit hard.”

  • Redbirds rally to stop Taos

    Twice on Tuesday, Robertson and Taos met in varsity baseball action at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field.

    Twice, the Tigers got the upper hand and looked to lock up a win.

    Twice, the Cardinals came back and stole control in the late innings.

    RHS is 7-1 overall pending resolution of the second game, which was called due to darkness with the Cardinals ahead 5-2.

    In the opener, Taos carried an 8-6 advantage into the final inning but Robertson rallied with three runs in its final at-bats.

  • West grad dies in accident

    A Las Vegas resident died in a car accident late Tuesday night when a a suspected wrong-way drunken driver struck her car, state police said.

    Mariah J. Arguello, 18, a 2009 West Las Vegas High School graduate, was killed shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Interstate 25 near San Juan. She was driving back to Las Vegas.

    The other driver, Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe, was also killed. He was traveling south, but then crossed into the northbound lanes, hitting Arguello’s Suzuki head on, police said.

  • Student remembered as bubbly

    Last year, Mariah Arguello walked the halls of West Las Vegas High School, a senior admired and loved by classmates, teachers and staff.

    While returning to Las Vegas Tuesday evening, she was killed by a man driving down Interstate 25 in the wrong direction.

    On Wednesday, people are remembering Arguello as a bubbly cheerleader and a good student.

    West Principal Gene Parson said, “Mariah graduated last year. She was full of energy, full of life, and always had a big smile on her face. She was just a pleasant girl to be around.”

  • Letter: Too many mandates coming down

    At a time when the money changers tanked our economy:

    • Our state mandates double-dipping and annual “special” sessions.

    • Our county mandates double-dipping, and our city follows suit with mandated raise for our judge and charter mandated salaries for our councilors. They then opt for mandated toilets.

    • You can hear horror stories at our unemployment office; while standing in line at the courthouse to pay property taxes; among students at Luna Community College, etc.

  • Actor criticized at county hearing

    The manager for Val Kilmer’s ranch wanted a San Miguel County panel’s approval for a lodging business on its property near Rowe.

    But the proposal faced opposition from residents who say the actor hasn’t been a good neighbor.

    In a split vote, the county Planning and Zoning Commission’s gave the green light for three guest houses for overnight lodging.

    For years, many San Miguel County residents have been upset with Kilmer, known for his roles in “Top Secret,” “Top Gun” and “Batman.”

  • Police: Local man gets his fourth DWI

    A Las Vegas man was arrested this week for his fourth DWI, state police said.

    Leslie Mike Speed, 55, 500 Douglas Ave. No. 225, was also charged with careless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

    According to a police report, Speed was headed north on Grand Avenue near the Better Stop convenience store around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when a state police officer noticed he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

  • Cowgirl track picked third

    With All-American Angella Graham leading the charge, New Mexico Highlands University’s women’s track and field program is gaining new respect within the ranks of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    NMHU was picked to finish third in the preseason RMAC women’s outdoor track and field poll, released Wednesday by the league’s Colorado Springs office.

    Adams State College was the coaches’ choice to repeat as league champion and received nine first-place votes. Nebraska-Kearney is predicted to finish second in the 10-team league.