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Today's News

  • West girls fifth in East Mountain meet

    With times under 24 minutes, Cecilia Gutierrez and Esperanza Garduño both finished in the top 10 individually, helping pace West Las Vegas’ girls cross country to a fifth-place team finish this past Saturday at East Mountain in Sandia Park.

    Overall, West enjoyed a pretty good day on the course. The varsity boys took seventh place behind individual top-20 finishers Moises Coca and Max Sedillo. And boasting five runners in the top 10, the WLV Middle School boys’ squad brought home a championship in its race, a 2-mile run.

  • Ferrill to speak at Luna

    Submitted to the Optic

    Former Highlands University football coach and NFL advance scout Carl Ferrill is scheduled to talk to Luna Community College student-athletes at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the LCC Nursing Auditorium.

  • H Club banquet, other events on tap

    Homecoming week festivities inevitably have a sports theme to them, but that’s particularly true of this week at New Mexico Highlands University.

    The theme: “Purple Reign.”

    On Thursday, the school plans a re-dedication of the Stu Clark Student Center, the facility named in honor of the longtime coach who — beginning in 1932 — had a two-decade run of success at Highlands. The re-dedication is set for 4:30 p.m.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 5, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

    THURSDAY
    Football
    • West Las Vegas vs. Portales, 6 p.m., Perkins Stadium (RESCHEDULED)
    Soccer
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., RHS field
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • West Las Vegas at Des Moines, 5 p.m., Des Moines

    FRIDAY
    Football

  • FYI - Sports

    Adult swimming classes (for ages 16 and older) are now being offered at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The course will include six sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 4 to Oct. 20. Cost is $30 for six sessions. Only 10 spots are available, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Contact the Rec at 426-1739 for details.

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    Coaches, we love covering your teams! Submit your scores, stats and story ideas to the Optic: dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Millions spent defending East

    The tab for defending Las Vegas City Schools and its employees against lawsuits stemming from the August 2008 football team assaults exceeds $6 million.

    The actual figure could be closer to $7 million because the settlement received by one of the victims and the amount spent on legal fees in one of the lawsuits have yet to be disclosed.

    The suits stem from an August 2008 incident in which older members of the football team sodomized younger players with broomsticks and terrorized others during a pre-season football camp in the Gallinas Canyon.

  • Speaking out, learning more
  • Input leads to branding report

    Jim Glover has been busy meeting with various people in town as part of his city-sponsored a research project to brand and market Las Vegas.

    On Thursday evening, he discussed his initial findings with about two dozen attendees at the Student Senate Chambers at Highlands University.

    The scope of the project, according to Glover, is to make Las Vegas a better place to live, work and recreate.

    “A community brand is essentially in everything,” Glover said.

  • Proposed facility worries neighbors

    A plan to establish an assisted living facility on Fourth Street is drawing concerns from neighbors worried about the types of residents it will be accepting.

    The issue took center stage last week during a city Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Jimmy and Lisa Saiz are requesting a special-use permit to establish an assisted living facility at 813 Fourth St. — the same property that once housed the nursing home facility formerly known as Vegas Grandes. The permit is needed because the area is currently zoned as residential.

  • Man gets 10 years for drug trafficking

    A man who sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Thursday.

    Manuel “Melo” Aragon pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine and was sentenced by Judge Abigail Aragon. Both the plea and the sentencing took place on Aug. 22, Flores said.