Today's News

  • Editor's Note - Challenging the charter

    For crying out loud, the new city charter has been sitting there for two years, so why wait until after the Jan. 10 filing date to seek a summary judgment?

    The answer, from the man who wants to challenge the new charter, is that he should have done it earlier, but since he didn’t, it’s better to do it now rather than after the March 6 municipal elections.

  • A Classic matchup

    Robertson freshman Richard “Rico” Montoya was all business Saturday in scoring a decision over Belen’s Phillip Gonzales in the 120-pound championship match of the Cardinal Wrestling Classic at Mike Marr Gym.

    But while the unusually poised youngster may have treated it like any other match, it was actually a pretty significant moment.

  • Dons nip Santa Rosa

    Joe Ortiz turned in another big night, and Ruben Bustamante and Lucas Rodriguez shined in the backcourt for West Las Vegas in Thursday’s 60-53 victory over visiting Santa Rosa.

    Though the Lions held their own with pure hustle, Ortiz’s versatile inside-outside game tipped the advantage to West Las Vegas. Ortiz finished with 17 points; Bustamante had the hot hand with 18, and Rodriguez played well, chipping in nine.

    Josh Tenorio (13) and Marcus Lopez (12) led Santa Rosa, which brought a good crowd.

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  • HU teams cage Lions

    A convincing home sweep of Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado-Colorado Springs has shoved the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team back over the .500 mark both overall and in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

    The Cowboys (10-9, 8-7 RMAC) outlasted CSUP 89-83 on Friday night to earn a season split with the ThunderWolves, and they followed that with an 88-71 knockout of UCCS Saturday night at the Wilson Complex
    Highlands’ women managed to split their weekend homestand, losing Friday and winning Saturday.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 30, 2012

    • Robertson boys vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Ruidoso (A,B,C), 3 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    • Robertson girls vs. Taos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Los Alamos (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Los Alamos
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Raton (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym


  • East official put on leave

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas City Schools finance director Myrna Garcia has been placed on administrative leave, signaling that her rocky tenure handling the district’s finances might be coming to an end.

    Garcia was placed on leave last Friday by interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez. The district hasn’t said publicly why it took the action.

    It’s unclear who is overseeing the district’s financial operations in Garcia’s absence.

  • Senior Profile - Horace Lucero

    At home in his Mineral Hill area cabin, 66-year-old Horace Lucero — “Not the judge” with the same name, he is quick to clarify — sat smoking his roll-your-own cigarette, sipping on a can of beer or two, and petting his dog.

    In his kitchen, pinto beans simmer in a slow-cooker, and his guests sit on a rugged bench made of local timber.

    There’s not much evidence of “high tech” beyond the TV set in the adjoining room. A bare bulb lights his dining room and kitchen.

  • Councilman criticizes chamber ad

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman is once again taking aim at the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, this time over an ad the chamber bought in the Optic praising a former worker who is now running for a City Council seat.

    During last week’s City Council meeting, Feldman argued that the “Thank You, Diane Ortiz!” ad that ran in the Jan. 9-10 edition of the Optic could be construed as a political ad. Ortiz, the chamber’s former executive director, filed to run for the Ward 2 council seat on Jan. 10.

  • Class to give real look at police work

    In television shows like the CSI or Law & Order,  franchises crimes are solved and prosecuted quickly, with all the loose ends tied up nicely in an episode.

    The storylines in those shows might be ripped from the headlines, but those who work in law enforcement know that the fast-paced crime solving portrayed on television is far from the reality they deal with day to day.

  • Where there’s smoke...