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Today's News

  • Cowboys tabled at Mesa

    Mesa State racked up 408 offensive yards and Caleb Pavy kicked four field goals as the Mavericks defeated New Mexico Highlands in a battle of two winless Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams Saturday in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Mavericks (1-2, 1-1) won 40-6. Highlands (0-4, 0-2) amassed 256 pass yards but threw four interceptions.

    The Cowboys got their only score on defense. That was when Kenny Shanahan intercepted the ball from Jason Haferman and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown that made it 26-6 with 7:47 left in the game.

  • Ex-teacher wants trial out of town

    The Las Vegas Optic’s coverage of a local story was the story in a Fourth Judicial District courtroom Friday.

    A former Robertson High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student wants to move the trial out of town. During a hearing to change the venue the lawyer for Jay Quintana, Tom Clark, argued that the newspaper’s extensive coverage would taint the jury pool against his client.

    “You have a reporter here today, and this story will be contained in 5,100 newspapers going out to the general public,” Clark told the court.

  • Blea shines in Dons' defeat

    Exploiting a slew of West Las Vegas turnovers, the Cobre Indians hijacked the Dons’ homecoming game for a 33-14 victory Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    The versatile Martin Blea had a hand in both WLV touchdowns, returning a kickoff 90 yards for one score and passing to Jayvis Medrano for another to the delight of the green-and-gold faithful.

    The Dons had their chances, but turnovers made them slip out of reach.

  • Prep runners chart new course

    There might be some mixed reviews about the newly mapped Meadow City Invitational cross country course, but Pecos’ Antonio Varela probably has few complaints.

    Varela breezed to an individual boys’ varsity title Saturday morning, his time of 16:44 giving him a 23-second cushion over runner-up Stephen Carbajal of Belen.

  • Mayor's ball raises money

    The guests walked in on a red carpet on Saturday night, and a spotlight shone into the sky.

    No, it wasn’t an L.A. awards ceremony. It was the Mayor’s Charity Ball, part of Las Vegas’ 175th anniversary celebration.

    Hundreds showed up for the ball, which took place in the ballroom at Plaza Hotel.

  • As It Is: Santa Fe's influence

    When I was covering a dysfunctional village council in southern New Mexico years ago, an old reporter told me that all of the members seemed normal when you met with them individually. But, together, they made a circus.

    Is that the case these days with the Fiesta Council? I have talked with many of these folks over the years, and they seemed pleasant and reasonable.

  • Expert: Add effluent to water

    For the last few years, the city of Las Vegas has used its treated wastewater to irrigate city parks, Highlands University’s golf course and Robertson High School’s fields.

    Now, a consultant is suggesting the city look at sending the wastewater — known as effluent — to the water plant, treating it and putting it into the city’s drinking water supply.

    “If this isn’t publicly acceptable, it will be good to know that,” said Ron Mosher of Albuquerque-based Molzen-Corbin and Associates.

  • Crime hits Bridge Street area

    Merchants on Bridge Street are calling for action in response to a spate of crime in their area. Many say they are concerned about loitering youths.

    Last week, more than 40 people gathered at the Plaza Hotel for a meeting with Police Chief Gary Gold and other police officials. On the large conference table were dozens of photos showing evidence of graffiti, broken windows and other crimes.

    In a least one instance, a business’ window was broken in the middle of the day — an example of brazenness that the merchants say is becoming more common.

  • Editorial: Unexpected tax hike

    East-side residents should prepare their budgets for a 30 percent increase in their property tax bills come November. This more than likely won’t change, despite all the controversy surrounding this unexpected hike.

    The tax increase is to cover bond payments, which amount to $1.3 million in 2010. The money pays for building improvements in the Las Vegas City Schools district.

  • Cards spoil Capital homecoming

    Showing ability to get it done through the air as well as via the old-fashioned ground game, Robertson put a 43-0 hurting on Santa Fe Capital on Friday night, putting a damper on the Jaguars’ homecoming festivities.

    Coach Leroy Gonzalez’s Cardinals are ranked second in the New Mexico High School Coaches’ Association poll and third in the New Mexico GameDay poll conducted by KOB-TV. Their lone defeat to date came Sept. 3 at top-ranked Lovington.