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Today's News

  • Meeting the people at water plant

    Without water, there would be no culture, society and economy. Our planet, like our bodies, is 70 percent water, and less than 3/100 of Earth’s water is fresh water, but current drinkable water supplies remain imperiled by pollution and increased demand.

    Today, fresh water is “the new gold of the future,” the team at our water treatment plant would suggest.

    These Las Vegans recall a time when winter snows and seasonal rains were aplenty, rivers always full, vegetation abundant. Migrating birds would land on marshes near Harris Road.

  • Police: DWI driver crashes; babies injured

    A man is accused of hitting another car while driving drunk, sending the occupants of the other car to the hospital.

    Around 11 p.m. July 8, Daniel Galindre, 19, 802 E. Roybal St., struck a car at Socorro and Romero streets, an intersection west of New Mexico Avenue, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    A police officer was tipped off that Galindre had thrown glass objects out of his car. When the officer showed up, he found Corona bottles along the street nearby, Montaño said.

  • Adult softball

    The following are upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league.

    Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex.

    Men’s division

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESday, JuLY 21

    DB’s Milkmen vs. Vegas Boyz, 6:15 p.m.; Hackers vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m.; Louisville Chuggers vs. The Best, 8:45 p.m.

    Standings:

    1. Hackers, 11-0

    2. DB’s Milkmen, 9-3

    3. Tecolote, 7-4

    4. Blaze, 6-4

    5. Vegas Boyz, 4-7

    6. Dream Team, 3-7

  • Man sentenced for dealing crack

    A Mora man has been sent to prison for seven years for dealing crack cocaine, authorities said.

    Emilio Romero, 22, was convicted of trafficking drugs and in a separate case, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, District Attorney Richard Flores said.

    Earlier this year, Mora officials were told about a missing girl. Through their investigation, they found that Romero may have had something to do with her. In pulling over the suspect, they discovered drugs, Flores said.

  • Women's golfers sought for weekly play

    Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association is inviting any level player to join the group as it continues weekly play and plans an August tournament.

    The LVWGA plays a nine-hole game at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Highlands’ Gene Torres Golf Course. The last Wednesday of every month includes a luncheon after golf at the Grill at the course at 11:30.

    “We are often joined by ladies who no longer play but enjoy the camaraderie of the group,” said Anne Pepper of the association.

  • Runners share fond memories

    Las Vegas might be famous for hosting the Rough Riders reunion. But over the recent Fourth of July weekend, it was former Robertson High School cross country runners who flocked to the Meadow City to take part in a reunion to honor three successful coaches.

    The RHS cross country alumni who were coached by George, Leroy and Cathy Chavez held a reunion to pay tribute to the coaches.

  • Hurricane: I never agreed to perform

    Al Hurricane, a popular northern New Mexico entertainer, was listed as a performer at Fiestas de Las Vegas.

    But he said last week that he had never agreed to do a gig at the annual Fourth of July weekend event. He said he had other events scheduled for that weekend.

    He had been listed as a performer during the afternoon of July 5 in the Optic’s Fiesta Guide. That booklet is dependent on information from the Fiesta Council.

  • Twin titles for LV softball

    RATON — Makayla Quintana got to play the part of hero in Tuesday’s District 4 Little League All-Star final for 9-10 softball.

    Quintana, 9, came into the game as a pinch runner and used her speed to reach third and then score the winning run for Las Vegas in a walk-off 6-5 verdict over Raton.

    The game required nine innings in 96-degree heat.

  • Las Vegas woman celebrates 103rd birthday

    Rosita M. Gallegos is one of Las Vegas’ oldest residents.  

    She celebrated her 103rd birthday on June 26 with more than 50 family members and friends present.

    A party was held in her honor at Vida Encantada Rehab where she has resided for the past two years. Her actual birthday was June 29.  

    Many family members traveled from far away to be with the matriarch on her special day. Her room was filled with fresh roses  in honor of her nickname, Rose.

  • Fiesta queen told not to show up

    The 2009 Fiesta queen, Carmela Montoya, had been planning to take part in this year’s Fiestas de Las Vegas, as is the tradition.

    But two days before the festivities, which began July 2, Montoya was told not to bother. Last week, the Fiesta Council cut her promised scholarship in half, saying she didn’t keep her end of the bargain as queen.

    It’s just the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the Fiesta Council, whose president, Mathew Martinez, recently ousted six of the group’s 18 members.