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Today's News

  • Fiesta leader blasts Optic, official

    Fiesta Council President Mathew Martinez last week accused the Las Vegas Optic of violating journalistic values in covering his group, saying the public needs to hold the newspaper accountable.

    He also contended that City Councilwoman Diane Moore was grandstanding when she suggested the city take over the Fiesta Council until it regains its stability.

    For three days last week, Martinez used his morning New Mexico music program on radio station KNMX to defend the Fiesta Council against recent criticism.

  • Ruling against search stands

    A drug search that led to charges against Las Vegas resident Kenneth Ulibarri has been deemed illegal.

    But that does little good for Ulibarri, who served two years in prison because of the charges.

    On Aug. 19, the state Supreme Court let stand a Court of Appeals ruling in July that found the search illegal.

    The Court of Appeals had overturned a decision by local District Judge Abigail Aragon allowing drug evidence in the state’s case against Ulibarri, 32.

  • City avoids hiring consultant

    The Las Vegas City Council recently rejected hiring a consultant to help form a residents council for public housing. So the city found a free way to get the job done.

    The authority has entered an agreement with Highlands University master’s student Gloria Tafoya to start the residents council and work on other projects for the housing authority.

    In June, the housing authority proposed that the city enter into a contract with Highlands University professor James Alarid for up to $5,700 to form the residents council, which amounted to $25 per resident.

  • Refuge telescope stolen

    The field telescope from Crane Lake Overlook at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge has been stolen.

    The 85-pound long-distance field telescope was stolen from Crane Lake Overlook sometime last week. The refuge staff became aware of the missing telescope on Aug. 27 after a birding visitor discovered it missing and reported it. The bolts securing the telescope (25 inches long and 9 inches wide) to the column were severed leaving the column standing alone.

  • East loses data when server goes out

    The Las Vegas City Schools district lost data when one of its servers went out on Aug. 19, but the problem hasn’t affected students, an official said last week.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said both hard drives in one of the district’s servers went out, so that meant a loss of data inputted in June, July and early August.

    He said if just one of the hard drives had lost the data, the other one could have recovered the information.

    Now, district staff is reinputting the data, which includes student scheduling information, Romero said.

  • Above and Beyond: 'One heck of a student-athlete'

    Briana Montaño wants to become the 2011 valedictorian at West Las Vegas High School.

    That would be keeping the honor in the family. The 2010 valedictorian was her sister, Krystle Montaño.

    Principal Gene Parson said Montaño is competitive in academics and is a five-sport letterman, but always competes in a very respectful manner.        

  • What a hoot!

    Regular-season champs in Las Vegas’ women’s softball league, the AVRH Scrubs were the early bird.

    But the Night Owl-Bud Light flew away with the big trophy on Tuesday night.

    Night Owl’s team upset the Scrubs in the city league tournament semifinals earlier in the week, then held off Bases Loaded in the championship game 8-7.

    Ellie Baca-Alarcon, Night Owl’s second baseman, seemingly could do no wrong defensively, with her glove responsible for stuffing many a Bases Loaded rally on a cool August evening at Rodriguez Softball Complex.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. On a recent day, Bridge Street businesswoman Yvette Arellanes was seen in Old Town picking up litter around 7 a.m. as she was walking her dog.

    If more people followed her example, this town would become cleaner.

  • Letter: Buffer zones great idea

    We would like to salute County Manager Les Montoya for putting forth the suggestion of an unidentified county resident to create industrial buffer zones in the county. What an enlightened idea!  

  • Prep football teams kick off

    Get ready for some football.

    Las Vegas’ two prep gridiron teams are starting off this campaign against some tough competition.

    Robertson and guest Portales will kick off the 2010 season at 7 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Stadium.

    It’ll be the official launch of the Leroy Gonzalez era at RHS, although an argument could be made that that era began long ago. While Friday night marks Gonzalez’s debut as head coach, the Cardinals’ longtime defensive coordinator has already enjoyed ample success with the program.