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Today's News

  • Carr, Bustillos All-Americans

    New Mexico Highlands University baseball players Jason Carr and David Bustillos have been named to the Daktronics Baseball All-America teams.

    Carr, a Mr. Everything for the Cowboys in the 2010 season, was named to the Daktronics All-America First Team and Bustillos received All-American Honorable Mention honors for his efforts in the 2010 season.

  • Budget includes raises for officials

    The West Las Vegas school board approved a budget last week that includes hefty raises for two top district officials.

    Members Caroline Lopez and Kenny Lujan voted against the document. They protested giving pay hikes to the two officials when the district was asking others to sacrifice in lean times.

    “This will hurt morale in the district. People who have heard about this are upset,” Lopez told the Optic.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu disagreed.

  • West class keeps its spirit to the end

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson said his heart was with the class of 2010. A major reason for that was his son, Spencer Parson, was among its graduates.

    Another reason was the class’ spirit, the longtime principal said during Saturday’s commencement ceremony.

    Just a day before, a dozen seniors painted the D (for Dons) on a hill near town — an annual ritual.

    They had scheduled the painting a few times before, but bad weather prevented them from going up the hill.

  • Hazing ringleader admits crimes

    SANTA FE -- Michael Gallegos, the ringleader behind the sexual assaults on his fellow Robertson High School football players nearly two years ago, admitted to the crimes Monday.

    In Santa Fe’s District Court, Gallegos pleaded guilty to counts of criminal sexual penetration, attempted criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy.

    Gallegos, the son of former City Councilman Michael Gallegos, apologized to his family and his former teammates. He said he could imagine how hard it has been for the victims.

  • Letter: Leather jackets, revolving doors

    As a Mora County citizen, I find the articles in the Optic about the Mora County school superintendent scenario this past six months fascinating.

    We are told Dora Romero, former superintendent, was relieved of her superintendent position because of the “slush fund” purchases to which she agreed for leather jackets, steak dinners, et al.

    Then, in the May 12 Optic, we read that one of the recipients of those leather jackets, and steak dinners, New Mexico State Rep. Thomas Garcia, is being interviewed for the Mora County superintendent position.

  • Editorial: Proud of New Mexico

    When people from other parts of the country see New Mexico and Arizona on a map, they see two square states and imagine a land of deserts and mountains. They likely see our two states as very similar.

    But when it comes to politics, the two states are quite different. Thankfully.

  • NMHU 11th in all-sport competition

    Boosted by a league championship in baseball, New Mexico Highlands University finished 11th among 14 schools in the annual Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Sports Competition Cup race.

    The RMAC awards points to each school based on its finish in the standings for each sport. A maximum of 100 points (given to the league champion) is awarded in each sport, and provided the school fielded a team in the sport, a minimum of 10 points is allotted.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    West Las Vegas/Los Niños Head Start would like to thank the following for helping to make our annual Transition Fair held April 30 a success:

    The staff at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, Subway/Shell, Mills Avenue Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, New Mexico State Police, Wind River Ranch, West Las Vegas Schools, Las Vegas City Schools, West Las Vegas Head Start staff and Transition Committee and all parents who attended. Additionally, a special thank you to State Rep. Thomas Garcia, who has been supporting this event for the past four years.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    I’d like to commend Benny and April Ortiz for yet another successful season as the RHS Girls Track Team coaches.  

    Besides being successful in the sport realm, they are very active in teaching the girls life lessons that will impact their lives. These coaches dedicate long, hard hours and sacrifice a lot of their personal time to be there for our children. Please print this so that they know they are appreciated and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

    Christian Montaño

    Las Vegas

     

  • Rodeo play dates in Las Vegas

    Another full summer of rodeo fun is on tap for young competitors and their fans, courtesy of a local organization.

    Las Vegas’ Ride to Pride 4-H and Junior Rodeo Club is hosting an open playday series of rodeo events over the next three months.

    The series opens June 5-6 at Ride to Pride’s arena just northeast of town off Airport Road, near the city’s solid waste transfer station.

    A second playday weekend is set for July 10-11, and the finals are on Aug. 21. In each case, the gates open at 9 a.m. and events begin at 10.