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Today's News

  • Above and Beyond: Leading team to victory

    As the Lady Dons ended their unforgettable season in the University of New Mexico’s “Pit,” appreciation for coach Jose “Magic” Medina and the team’s achievement’s was only beginning.

    As star players Vanessa Lucero and Miranda Martinez walked off the court, they were invited to try out for the Nike Elite Travel Team. Of the more than 130 young women who tried out, both Lady Dons made the squad.

  • MVD clerks anger residents

    The drill is usually simple at the local motor vehicle office: Take a number and wait your turn.

    But the rules changed Friday, angering customers.

    The office was shorthanded, so its employees took a lunch and left a bunch of people waiting outside. Around 15 were still there when an Optic reporter showed up around 2 p.m.

  • Grand Avenue under construction

    The long-awaited Grand Avenue project is beginning this week.

    Officials said they hope to finish the $4.4 million project by September. The first phase of work includes the area from Tilden to Columbia streets.

  • West seeks feedback on budget

    The West Las Vegas school board is taking its meetings to different schools to give parents and staff a chance to give feedback on next year’s budget.

    Some of the ideas being tossed around include increasing class sizes and reducing hours of instruction.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu welcomed a large group from Union and Don Cecilio Martinez elementary schools to a presentation by Finance Director Dawn Biagianti at Union.

  • Redbirds rolling

    Adrian Jaramillo notched two pitching wins — both in relief — and popped a couple home runs to help Robertson go 3-0 and run away with the Socorro Invitational championship over the weekend.

  • Valdez won't run for sheriff

    Tony Valdez, who had planned to run for San Miguel County sheriff, has decided against entering the race after all.

    Valdez, an investigator with the district attorney’s office, said he decided not to run for “personal reasons.”

    Valdez had held a fundraiser at the Night Owl, complete with a band. He said he would put that money into a campaign fund for a race in 2014, either for sheriff or magistrate judge.

    Valdez, who is a member of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees, said he appreciated the support for his campaign for sheriff.

  • RHS tennis team second in Roswell

    Loaded with young and untested players to start this season, the Robertson boys’ tennis team opened with a second-place finish in this past weekend’s Roswell tournament.

    Roswell’s Goddard High edged Robertson for the event title, although the teams split their head-to-head matchup.

    “We had kind of a newer team,” said coach Juan Carlos Fulgenzi, noting eighth-grader David Romero and freshmen Charlie Linder, Nick Newman and Lucas Vigil are on the varsity.

    Junior Emilio Gomez went 5-0 in the No. 1 singles flight.

  • Young Vatos dig into spring slate

    The NMHU Vatos have opened the spring rugby season with a modest but hopeful start for a very young team at 1-2.

    After narrowly losing on the road to improving Clovis-Cannon AFB 14-7 (a squad boasting many Air Force Academy graduates) and an experienced El Paso 14-8, a 28-0 win over the hapless University of Chihuahua, Mexico, seemed bittersweet last weekend in El Paso.

  • Work of Art: What time is it -- really?

    Jack Van Horn, the designated liturgist at church Sunday, reminded all of us parishioners to “meet and greet the person in your pew,” then added, “if there is someone there to greet.”

    Clearly he was referring to the paucity of congregants, the bulk of whom blame the time change. Some of us lost an hour of sleep Sunday when we converted to Daylight Saving Time; some went ahead and re-found that hour and wondered where everybody had gone when they arrived at church, or some other function.

  • Letter: Noise pollution needs addressing

    Mayor Ortiz, it’s time to revise our town’s noise ordinance. It’s also time to get out the ear plugs. I heard some robins singing until they were drowned out by the too-familiar warm weather cacophony of motorcycles without mufflers, loud cars and boom boxes. Damn!

    Does it bother anybody else? Why are these noise polluters allowed to make as much noise as they want to? There’s no control. It’s not fair, it’s rude and inconsiderate, bad for our health, and an invasion of privacy. Something should change, and I’m not moving out of town.