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Today's News

  • Store owner sentenced to 10 years

    The Las Vegas businessman indicted last April on federal drug trafficking and firearms charges has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    Alex Lawrence Romero, 31, of the 500 block of Hermosa Lane, received the minimum sentence that could have been imposed. He was sentenced Thursday in Albuquerque by U.S. District Judge Judith C. Herrera.

  • Peace Corps’ 50th

    Second in a two-part series

    A few days after he took office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked his brother-in-law Sargent Shriver to direct a Peace Corps task force.

    Today, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Peace Corps is recognized worldwide for its good works and peaceful intentions. More than 2,000 New Mexico residents have been part of its success.

  • State police make DWI arrests

    State police arrested two repeat DWI offenders Friday and another on Feb. 11, court documents state. All three suspects have Las Vegas addresses.

    David Maes, 50, 2701 Seventh St., was arrested for driving under the influence, his fifth offense. He also was charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer, improper display of registration and not having insurance.

  • Highlands board gets two new regents

    Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed two new members to the Highlands University Board of Regents.

    Albuquerque resident Frank Marchi and Highlands undergraduate Caitlin Syner will now go before the state Senate for confirmation. They will begin serving on the board once they are confirmed, a Martinez spokesman said.

    Marchi graduated from Highlands in 1967 with a degree in business. He is a founding member of the university's alumni association and is a member of the foundation board, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office.

  • Que Pasa - March 2, 2011

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES
    • The Western Mora Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a regular board meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at the SWCD Building in Mora. The agenda is available at the Soil and Water Conservation Office in Mora. For more information, call Dora at 575-387-2424.

  • Noticias - March 2, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Middle East revolutions

    It seems so far away, but it’s closer than you might think — these revolutions that are breaking out in the Middle East. About a dozen nations in the region have endured mass protests in the last three months or so, many of which turned terribly violent.

    And while some regimes like Moammar Gaddafi’s in Libya are striking back brutally, the rebellions will likely continue into the months ahead.

  • Work of Art: A second helping of third grade

    Possibly the biggest fear I experienced in the elementary grades was in doing anything academic from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Before schools began tacking on extra days to the calendar, for “in-service” days, our summers were free.

    Now, the school year often starts in early August and stretches into June. Hey, where’d our summers go?

  • State hoops brackets set

    Selection Sunday — the New Mexico Activities Association’s official announcement of state tournament brackets in all classifications — brought some smiles, a few frowns and maybe some sighs of relief to prep basketball fans around the state.

    Six Las Vegas-area teams — Robertson’s boys and girls, West Las Vegas’ girls, Mora’s boys and girls, and Pecos’ girls — got the green light for their state tournament appearances.

  • Saxon goes 2-2, paces Cowboy wrestlers

    New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling team finished in the cellar of an 11-team NCAA Division II Super Regional tournament, which concluded Sunday in San Francisco. Coach Doug Moses’ Cowboys garnered 11.5 team points.

    Nebraska-Kearney and Wrestler of the Year T.J. Hepburn won the regional with 127.5 points, edging Western State.