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Today's News

  • District clears Robertson counselor

    Robertson High School counselor Amadee Duran, who was placed on leave last November for alleged “inappropriate” activities, is now back on the job.

    Duran, who returned Monday, has been cleared by an internal investigation conducted by the Las Vegas City Schools district. She was placed on leave after allegations of “inappropriate contact” surfaced.

  • State police arrest repeat DWI offenders

    The state police arrested three Las Vegans in recent days on DWI charges -- all of whom have been charged with the offense several times before.

    Leonard R. Montoya, 43, 1003 Tilden St., was charged with his seventh DWI offense on Sunday.

    A state police officer noticed that Montoya was weaving between lanes in his pickup truck on Mountain View Drive, according to a criminal complaint. After the officer pulled over Montoya, the driver admitted that he had come from Legers bar, which was near where he was stopped. His arrest occurred shortly after closing time.

  • WLV girls win district tourney

    Miranda Martinez led all scorers with 17 points and teammate Vanessa Lucero scored 16 to spearhead West Las Vegas’ 53-41 win over Santa Fe Indian School on Saturday in the District 2-3A tournament championship game.

    The Lady Dons will host a first-round state tournament contest on Friday evening at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Editorial: Staking a claim

    By the end of the day on Tuesday, all those who want to stake a claim on the future of Las Vegas will have voted in this year’s municipal election. They will have mapped out the next chapter in the city’s history — and since newspapers write “the first draft of history,” voters will be helping to decide the headlines to run in the Las Vegas Optic over the next couple of years.

    Is this municipal election really that important? Let’s take a look.

  • Letter: Memories make Las Vegas home

    After many years living in a small community such as Las Vegas, one begins a list of the friends and acquaintances who have passed away. And gradually, a kind of phantom city begins to co-exist alongside the actual city. Here and there, as one goes about town, one passes a house that once belonged to someone now numbered among the dead. The house has new occupants. It is their house now. Yet it stirs up memories of its former occupant. It is still their house too!

  • State tournament brackets set

    Fans of local area high school basketball teams now know whom and where their favorite hoopsters will be playing in the opening round of the New Mexico state tournaments.

    Girls' first-round games will take place Friday at the home campuses of the higher seeds. The boys will play Saturday.

  • P-Rod nabs honor again

    New Mexico Highlands University baseball player Phillip Rodriguez has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-Rawlings Player of the Week for the second time this season.

    Rodriguez posted another strong statistical weekend for the Cowboys in their doubleheader against RMAC rival Colorado State-Pueblo. He finished the weekend with a .500 batting average, going four for eight with three runs and one run batted in.

    Rodriguez is second overall in the RMAC in batting average with a season batting average of .556.

  • As It Is: An unlevel playing field

    A few weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against longtime bans on corporate and union contributions to political campaigns.

    The court said such bans infringed on First Amendment rights.

    Really?

    No law has prohibited people from exercising their free-speech rights, especially when it comes to politics. Yet some argue that restrictions on contributions are a form of free-speech infringement. If so, then wealthy people have been suffering for years. Or have they really?

  • City election set for Tuesday

    Las Vegas voters will go to the polls today to cast their ballots for mayor, City Council and a proposed new city charter.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Running for mayor are San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz and write-in candidates Daniel Holguin Sr. and Las Vegas City Schools board member Patrick Romero. The city clerk’s office said voters won’t be required to write in Holguin’s or Romero’s names to the letter, but they need to be close enough so poll workers can discern voters’ choices.  

  • Police: Drug suspect attacked mom

    A Las Vegas man is alleged to have attacked his mother and threatened his wife, state police said.

    The man was also found to have been carrying crack cocaine, according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

    Pedro Griego, 27, was charged with battery on a household member, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting officers, bringing contraband into a jail and criminal damage to the property of a household member.