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Today's News

  • College Night set for Tuesday

    Highlands University and Luna Community College will sponsor the 12th annual College Night from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the city’s recreation center.

    The Highlands University Recruitment Office said about 40 university academic departments will have information tables at the event. Highlands will also have information tables for student organizations like the Student Ambassadors and the Native American Club. Luna will also have about 40 information tables at College Night.

  • As It Is: He is, but he isn't

    Sometimes you have to marvel at the contradictions in government-speak.

    Patrick Lyons’ official title is “Commissioner of Public Lands.” But in defending his controversial proposal to swap Whites Peak lands, he argues in a PowerPoint presentation that state-owned lands in that area are not public lands. They’re trust lands.

    Say what?

    By Lyons’ account, the “public” part of his title is a big mistake. He is the public lands commissioner, but he’s not.

  • No bull: 'El Toro' earns redemption

    Friday night, Arturo "El Toro" Crespin got even.

    The Las Vegas junior middleweight avenged his only professional defeat with a four-round decision against Albuquerque’s Carlos "El Gallo" Sanchez. The bout was part of the undercard for Friday’s ShoBox event at Tingley Coliseum. Onetime Las Vegan Gary Shaw promoted the card.

    Sanchez had beaten Crespin in the WLV graduate’s third pro fight in June 2009. In a recent interview with the Optic, the 19-year-old Crespin said he was looking for “redemption” in the rematch.

  • West girls zip past St. Mike's

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team had the most memorable game — and the lone victory — in a challenging weekend for the Meadow City’s four varsity high school basketball squads.

    The Lady Dons, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, squeaked out a 38-34 win over St. Michael’s at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe on Saturday night, keeping their hold on first place in District 2-3A.

  • Letter: Doesn't believe the self-defense claim

    I am appalled by the actions of District Judge Eugenio Mathis in the case against Richard Baca in the killing of Benito Lemos. The reduction of charges and bail on the basis of a self-defense argument is absurd.

  • Family: Neighbor saved lives

    It sounded like gunshots shortly before 6 a.m. Jan. 9. They woke up Vince and Alysha Martinez, who jumped out of bed thinking there was someone needing help.

    “We heard screaming,” Vince said.

  • RHS wrestlers inch closer to form

    As big, economy-stimulating local sporting events go, the revered Stu Clark Tournament has nothing on the Cardinal Wrestling Classic.

    The Classic, which has carved out a traditional mid-winter spot on the Meadow City’s sports calendar, brings a couple dozen teams to town for mat action Friday and Saturday at Mike Marr Gym.

    The host Cardinals are looking to pick up a little momentum after last weekend’s strong showing. The team took first place in the Belen Duals and second in Albuquerque Manzano’s tournament.

  • Developer sues city over decision

    A local developer has sued the city over its rejection of his proposed plan for a subdivision on the west side.

    Phil Warfield, owner of Warfield Properties Inc., filed the lawsuit on Jan. 14 in state District Court.

    In November, the City Council voted 3-2 against Warfield’s plans for a four-lot subdivision in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue. Each lot would have included a modular home.

    Warfield has contended that he followed all laws and procedures required of a subdivision.

  • Manager: Contract a distraction

    Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge said Wednesday that he is reconsidering whether to ask the mayor and City Council to give him a contract.

    For months, members of the City Council have called for giving Dodge a contract, which they said would provide more stability at City Hall.

    At last week’s council meeting, a majority of members said they were still interested in entering a contract with Dodge, who started last March. But Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilwoman Diane Moore said it would be best to wait until after the municipal election in March.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Yes, you can go home again

    Unlike Thomas Wolfe’s protagonist, George Webber, in “You Can’t Go Home Again,” who returned home after writing a novel which upset his family and his hometown’s denizens by exposing the nature of the town’s failings, I’ve always been met with warmth and approbation when I return to Wagon Mound, my home for 11 years. Of course, I haven’t written a novel about the place.

    Nevertheless, no matter when I’ve returned to the village, I come away with good feelings.