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Today's News

  • Official: West workers reject furlough day

    The West Las Vegas school district was planning a voluntary furlough day for today. But it appears as if most employees won’t take advantage of it.

    Late last week, the district was expecting 80 to 90 percent of employees to take the furlough day, Superintendent Jim Abreu said. But after a story in Monday’s Optic about possible raises for two top top officials, the furlough program largely collapsed, he said.

  • Speed is focus of NMHU camp

    New Mexico Highlands University head track and field coach Bob DeVries and his staff will host the first NMHU Speed Development Camp June 14-16 at the NMHU track. The camp is open to athletes in all sports entering grades 7-12.

    NMHU assistant coach Patrick Johnson will be the lead instructor at the camp.

    Johnson is a Level 5 IAAF certified coach in the sprints---the highest level of certification offered by the world track and field governing body. His athletes have won numerous championships in Jamaica — the current sprinting capital of the world.

  • Bradley-bound

    Keeping alive a family tradition while making a little history all his own, Kevin Keiner of Las Vegas will play tennis and attend school at Bradley, an NCAA Division I university in Peoria, Ill.

    This past weekend was busy for Keiner, who not only attended his graduation ceremony at Robertson High, he also signed a national letter of intent making official his college choice.

    Oh yeah. He also made time for an impromptu game with sister Jennifer, now an assistant tennis coach at Cincinnati, who returned to Las Vegas to celebrate both major moments with her kid brother.

  • RHS suspect pleads guilty

    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 understood how hard it’s been on the victims.

  • Work of Art: Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace

    Sometimes it’s easy to identify with Gen. Halftrack, the forlorn company commander in the Beetle Bailey comic strip, who laments never receiving mail from the Pentagon.

    On occasion, I receive no feedback to items in Work of Art. But last week, there was an avalanche. A number of people e-mailed with comments about the alumni/ alumnus matter and solved a dozen common expressions which had been put into high-falutin’ language.

    All the responses came via e-mail, except for Betty Quick, who was quick to hand-deliver some of her own creations, listed below.

  • City league opens play

    With the “clink” sound of aluminum bats colliding with the hide of softballs, not to mention the occasional off-color humor and “carilla” from the field, dugouts and stands, it sounds like summer is here in the Meadow City.

  • Editorial: Class of 2010 can be proud

    The Robertson High School Class of 2010 has been through a lot. The seniors who just graduated saw six of their classmates arrested for assaulting some underclassmen at the school’s annual football camp, then the entire class had to endure the humiliation that came with the resulting state and national attention.

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    FRIDAY, MAY 21

    Las Vegas: Cardinals 18, Reds 3

    MONDAY, MAY 24

    La Plaza majors:Rockies 18, Cubs 8

    La Plaza minors: Cubs 15, Giants 0; Marlins 18, Indians 4

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

    La Plaza majors: Yankees vs. Cubs, 7:30 p.m.

    La Plaza minors: Marlins vs. Indians, 5:30 p.m.; Giants vs. Angels, 8:30 p.m.

  • Police: Chacon man beat up wife

    A Chacon man is accused of beating up his wife after drinking, state police said.

    Roger Romero, 48, was charged with four counts of aggravated battery against a household member and interference with communications.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, Romero kicked his wife out of his home after beating her up on May 13.

  • West board picks schools leader

    The West Las Vegas school board chose a familiar face to take the district’s reins.

    In a unanimous vote, the board on Monday selected the district’s former associate superintendent, Ruben Cordova, as the new superintendent. That was after the board had interviewed candidates behind closed doors earlier that day.

    “It seems like he (Cordova) will fit well. He’s already been here. He doesn’t have to learn the system,” board member Gary Gold said.