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Today's News

  • Regent objects to use of buildings

    A Highlands University official says the university’s practice of renting out its facilities for private events needs to stop.

    Last week, Regent Jesus Lopez told the finance and administration committee that he chairs that he would like to see an outright ban on the practice.

    “The risks are incredible,” said Lopez, a Las Vegas lawyer.

    The matter of renting out campus space came before the finance committee in the form of an updated policy and price list.

  • Bar defends itself

    Leger's Liquors disputes allegations that repeat DWI offenders were at the local bar beforehand.

    Last week, Starkie Montaño, 60, of Las Vegas was charged with his 12th DWI on Collins Drive, state police said.

    According to a criminal complaint, Montaño told officers that he had had three beers at Leger’s bar, 2404 Seventh St., before the state police stopped him on Collins, which is near Leger’s and Montaño’s home.

    Evelyn Ortega, Leger’s co-owner, said it wasn’t true that Montaño had been at her bar.

  • LV 9-10 girls make a run

    A 7-2 heartbreaker against Mile High All-Stars on Monday night in Los Lunas brought a close to a spirited run by Las Vegas Little League’s 9-10 softball team.

    The outcome left LVLL just a couple victories short of a berth in the state championship game.

    Manager Angela Pino’s team, which earned a trip to state by winning the District 4 title earlier this month in Raton, won two of four games in the state tournament.

    The first of those games — Friday evening’s opener against Deming — may have been the most memorable.

  • Editorial: Ortiz ignores political rule

    Sometimes it seems as if there’s a rule in politics that officeholders must run for re-election — or at least leave the question open until the very end. But if it’s a rule, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is ignoring it.

    This week, Ortiz, just five months into his two-year term, revealed that he doesn’t plan to run again in 2012.

  • Las Vegas man arrested in stabbing

    A Las Vegas man is accused of stabbing another at an east-side house.

    Larry Saiz, 48, 1208 Pecos St., was arrested in the stabbing of Joseph Herrera, 43, of Las Vegas.

    According to city police, Saiz and Herrera were at Saiz’s house drinking with others Saturday night. Saiz is married to the mother of Herrera’s girlfriend, police said.

    Tensions were building between Herrera and Saiz, who was allegedly making  sexual advances toward Herrera’s girlfriend, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

  • City staff: Return money to HU

    The city of Las Vegas’ staff is recommending that the city return more than $600,000 to Highlands because of overcharges on natural gas bills.

    The City Council will take up the issue at its meeting today.

    In its documentation, the staff doesn’t say how the city would pay back the money. But Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said Monday that it wouldn’t be in a lump-sum payment.

    “The city can’t afford that kind of money,” he said. “We’ll work out something, making a payment arrangement.”

  • Avalanche begin Triple Crown bid

    It’s a familiar refrain — an Avalanche rolling through the heart of the Rockies.

    The Las Vegas Avalanche 14-and-under traveling baseball team is playing in the 2010 Triple Crown World Series this week in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

    Managed by Diego Trujillo, the club posted a fifth-place finish in the USSSA Rio Rancho league and won its AABC Santa Fe league.

    “This will be the fourth consecutive World Series berth for the majority of the kids in our club” Trujillo told the Optic.  

  • Big hitters boosted LV 10-11 softball

    Offensive fireworks helped Las Vegas Little League’s 10-11 All-Star softball team make this a July to remember.

    The team finished as state runner-up to Petroglyphs in the recent state tournament held in Santa Fe, falling to that defending champ in a best two-out-of-three series for the championship.

    Earlier, LVLL’s girls — managed by Gary Sanchez —  had brought home the District 4 title.

    All along, the team hit well and put up a bunch of runs on the boards.

  • Two schools get new principal

    Martha Johnsen has been named the new principal at Sierra Vista and Los Niños elementary schools.

    She will be leaving her post as a West Las Vegas principal to take the job on the other side of the river with the Las Vegas City Schools.

    Johnsen is currently the principal at the Family Partnership School, West’s alternative school, and Don Cecilio Elementary. She has been with West for a decade.

  • Letter: Martinez did great job running fiestas

    I would like to comment on the fiestas this year.

    There are 15 couples from Denver, Colo., who stay at the Sunshine Motel and there are four couples who stay at the Best Western motel for the fiestas. This was our 17th year in a row going to the fiestas.

    I would like to let you know that we had a great time this year. We especially like the fact that the tree was not closed off this year for some of the elderly to sit and watch the entertainment you had.