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Today's News

  • RHS bonfire incident leads to suspensions

    A Thursday night incident at Robertson High School has led to the suspicion of three students, according to City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero.

    The incident, in which a pickup truck being driven by a West student was vandalized, occurred as students were leaving a homecoming bonfire at the soccer field. Romero said it began with some “trash talk and name calling” and culminated in the pickup’s tires being slashed.

  • State cards part of cannabis case

    John Emerick believes he was following the guidelines as a caregiver under the state’s medical marijuana program. But that just wasn’t the case, a drug task force official maintains.

  • Local dollar store catches fire

    A fire broke out at the local Dollar General store on Mills Avenue yesterday afternoon. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Please see Wednesday's Optic for further information.

  • Letter: Children and the race for governor

    I am a member of the New Mexico Pediatric Society and I provide for the health of the children of Las Vegas. I am one of many pediatric colleagues from around the state who is concerned that the gubernatorial candidates address the issues that affect children and their families.

    In July we submitted the following letter to both candidates. We have not yet heard a substantial reply. Again we ask them to address our concerns and we urge all New Mexicans to ask the candidates these same questions.

    Dear  Ms. Denish and Ms. Martinez:

  • Funding questions lead to caution

    The potential for more budget cuts are motivating the two local school superintendents to act cautiously to address staffing issues -- as is evident in a couple of recent vacancies.

    At Robertson High School in the East district, two English teachers, Marguerite Keane and Terri Alderete,  gave their 30-day notices at the start of the school year. But only one new teacher will be hired, according to Superintendent Richard Romero.

  • Unrealistic promises

    In their gubernatorial campaigns, Republican Susana Martinez and Democrat Diane Denish are trying to point out their differences.

    But on major budgetary issues, they are very much aligned. Both candidates promise not to raise taxes and pledge to protect schools and Medicaid from cutbacks.

    Of course, both are politicians and know it’s bad politics to advocate budget hikes and spending reductions.

  • Turnovers doom Cowboys vs. Ags

    GOODWELL, Okla. -- Turnovers are costly.

    That line held true on Saturday as the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys fell to the Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State University by a score of 14-6.

    The Cowboys offense threw three interceptions during their tangle with the Aggies and all three would prove detrimental to Highlands.

  • Rattlers slither around Dons

    Little did West Las Vegas freshman Nathan Vigil know when he woke up Friday that before the day was over, he’d be quarterbacking the Dons’ varsity for the first time.

    Vigil was pressed into action in West’s game at Tucumcari because starting QB George Martinez got hurt early in the third quarter Friday. The Dons trailed 22-6 at that point and wound up on the short end of a 43-6 defeat.

    Still, WLV coach Mike Ulibarri said he thought Vigil and the Dons acquitted themselves fairly well and hold promise for the future.

  • Letter: Massive publicity is noteworthy

    The Heritage Week Committee — consisting of the Las Vegas Arts Council, El Zocalo Gallery, Meadow City Camera Club, Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance, Immaculate Conception School, Hispanic Folk Art  Show,  Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation, and Blessing of the Waters (a collaboration between Our Lady of Sorrows Church and Immaculate Conception Church),  MainStreet Las Vegas, Fort Union National Monument, Tome on the Range, Ilfeld Auditorium, Ray Drew Gallery, Plaza Hotel,  Fort Union Drive-In Theater, Arts & Cultural District of L

  • Letter: Few jobs, but lots of problems

    I sympathize with A.M. Maestas about lack of work in the county. I would love to see full employment here in El Valle. I’m one of many who are underemployed, and I don’t want to see anyone unemployed.

    At the same time, I’m thankful that the county commissioners are taking a hard look at what an industrial wind facility would bring; besides a few jobs for local residents (the vast majority of the work would go to out-of-state people).