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Today's News

  • Editorial: Hear from both sides

    At its recent meeting, the Las Vegas City Council struggled with the issue over whether local voters passed a city charter in the March 2 election.

    In our view, as stated in this space before, the overwhelming evidence indicated that it did pass. Fifty-six percent voted for the new city charter, and both the state constitution and state law mandate that only a majority is needed.

  • Sundevils burn Dons

    Ross Duran’s RBI triple to right field in the top of the fourth inning Thursday sparked seven straight runs for Española Valley as the Sundevils dropped West Las Vegas 9-3 in a non-district baseball matchup.

    The Sundevils led 2-0 midway through the second inning. In the bottom of the frame, Alex Branch singled to drive in Emanuel Blea, who’d gotten on with a double. West later loaded the bases but a flyout by Corey Archibeque ended the inning.

  • Three arrested on drug charges

    The Mora County Sheriff’s Department has arrested three men on drug charges.

    Emilio Romero, 21, of Sapello; Nicky B. Branch, 19, of Holman; and Joseph Valdez, 21, of Cleveland, N.M., were charged March 12.

    Romero faces charges of trafficking cocaine and ecstasy, conspiracy, tampering with evidence and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Valdez is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and conspiracy, and Branch faces charges of conspiracy and tampering with evidence.

  • Letter: A tribute to David Salman

    David Salman’s passing on to a better life will be a big loss to those who knew and loved him, but what he left behind will live on for centuries to come.

    David once said that you can judge a town by its libraries. He used to say that if a town has a library, it can consider itself wealthy. While he was living, he himself donated a variety of books to the David Cargo library in Mora County. The books included dictionaries, encyclopedias, fiction, history, poetry, classics, westerns and magazines containing much knowledge of worldwide news.

  • As It Is: Keep customers in loop

    Have you ever walked into a business and someone told you to take a number?

    I haven’t.

    That’s only happened to me in government offices, particularly the motor vehicle division.

    When you don’t have any competition, it’s easier to stick it to your customers.

    Until the 1990s, drivers had nowhere to go besides state motor vehicle offices for issues related to licenses and vehicle registrations. Since then, the state has allowed some private-sector operations to offer similar services for a fee.

  • 2009-10 OPTIC POWER PICKS OFFICIAL STANDINGS

    FINAL STANDINGS:

    justin rice 206

    martin duran 204

    randy barron 201

    stephen aragon 200

    arturo padilla jr. 200

    tom mc donald 199

    keith morris 198

    art abreu 197

    leonard sandoval 197

    geri chavez 195 (2008-09 LEAGUE CHAMP)

    robert loera 195

    george apodaca 194

    edwardo atencio 193

    gerald garcia 193

    dina chavez 192

    john abreu 191

    nicholas aragon 190

    ray parks 190

    adam romero 190

    shannon aragon 189

    grady barrens 189

  • Council debates conservation

    In a split decision, the City Council last week voted to take the next step toward enacting an updated water conservation ordinance.

    One council member argued that the proposed law would be burdensome for residents. But another countered that it was needed to ensure an adequate water supply.

    At issue was the part of the ordinance requiring water-conserving plumbing. The proposed ordinance would mandate that all nonresidential water users retrofit their buildings with low-water-use fixtures.

  • West board ousts superintendent

    Shortly before midnight Thursday, a majority of the West Las Vegas school board voted down a new contract for Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    That means he will be leaving at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.

    The board voted 3-2 against renewing its contract with Abreu, a former Highlands University education dean who has served as superintendent for the last three years. Board members Caroline Lopez, Kenny Lujan and David Romero opposed renewing Abreu’s contract, while Christine Ludi and Gary Gold supported the superintendent.

  • FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: West district votes down superintendent; board member explains vote against Abreu

    Shortly before midnight Thursday, a majority of the West Las Vegas school board voted down a new contract for Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    That means he will be leaving at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.

    The board voted 3-2 against renewing its contract with Abreu, a former Highlands University education dean who has served as superintendent for the last three years. Board members Caroline Lopez, Kenny Lujan and David Romero opposed renewing Abreu's contract, while Christine Ludi and Gary Gold supported the superintendent.

  • Plenty of competition in races

    San Miguel and Mora counties will have their share of competitive races in the June 1 Democratic primary.

    San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil is fending off four opponents in the Democratic primary — Las Vegas police detective Roy Pacheco, Las Vegas police Officer Clarence Romero, former Las Vegas Officer Joseph Santillanes and Ben J. Lujan.