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Today's News

  • Work of Art: A proud alumni of Highlands

    When Gilbert Sanchez was president of Highlands University, his office routinely presented some attractive lapel pins to employees who had also graduated from there. That included a large number of us.

    When I received mine, I asked Sanchez whether I needed to share it with another, my wife maybe. “Why?”  “Well, the pin had the word ‘alumni.’”

  • Mentor of the Month: 'Live, eat and breathe education'

    Las Vegans Floyd and Theresa Chavez are a husband and wife with a big thing in common: They’re both educators.

    And they have a passion for their jobs, others say.

    “We live, eat and breathe education,” Theresa said.

    Floyd said much of what they talk about involves education.

    “It’s not the only thing in our lives. We do have other interests that we share, but education has always been a common thread between the two of us,” he said.

  • Letter: 'Frustration' more like it

    Please be fair: “Tea Party frustration” is accurate in contrast to the “Tea Party hypocracy” column by David Giuliani. Frustration because our U.S. representatives will not address our concerns of fiscal irresponsibility and heavyhanded regulations and taxes stifling free enterprise and employment.

    Concerns of national debt are valid: Our children and grandchildren cannot possibly hope to pay off the debt. April 15 tax collections cannot even cover interest due on loans, and some of these loans are from some enemy nations!

  • A wow finish

    “Everybody’s beatable.”

    That’s what West Las Vegas head softball coach Lucas Griego’s mantra was going into the postseason.

    The second-year skipper wanted his troops to fear no one and simply play their game.

    They didn’t do too bad.

    Despite being saddled with the 14th seed in a 16-team Class 3A state tournament, the Lady Dons made it all the way to the semifinals and had better than a fighting chance to make the championship game.

  • Commission sets meeting for Kilmer

    San Miguel County officials have invited actor Val Kilmer to appear before them next month to address a controversy surrounding long-ago comments attributed to him.

    Earlier this month, the County Commission delayed a decision on the actor’s request for commercial lodging on his Rowe ranch because of the comments. The commissioners wanted the “Batman” actor to explain himself.

    The county has set a special meeting for 1:30 p.m. June 23 at the old County Courthouse to hear Kilmer.

  • Editorial: Not always so simple

    The problem with conventional wisdom is that sometimes it’s incomplete. That’s the lesson we want to pass along to this year’s graduates.

  • 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.

    MONDAY, MAY 17

    None reported.

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 19

    La Plaza majors: A’s vs. Cubs, 7:30 p.m.

    La Plaza minors: A’s vs. Angels, 5:30 p.m.; Giants vs. Yankees, 8:30 p.m.

    La Plaza tee-ball: Padres vs. Marlins, 5:30 p.m.; Yankees vs. Cubs, 6:30 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Phillies, 7:30 p.m.

  • Violence suspect accused of drugs

    A man who beat up his girlfriend also had marijuana plants growing next to his house, state police said.

    Ignacio Villanueva, 34, of Villanueva was arrested May 10.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, Villanueva got angry because he didn’t go to his girlfriend’s family’s house for a Mother’s Day dinner because they didn’t like him.

    The girlfriend admitted to slapping Villanueva, state police said. After she did that, he allegedly threw her out of the house, hitting, slapping and kicking her.

  • Union official: County could save money

    A union is criticizing the San Miguel County Commission for hiring a firm to deal with employees who want to organize.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has been talking with workers about forming a union. So far, jailers and sheriff’s deputies have expressed an interest, officials say.

    Enrique Mejia, a union organizer, said he has found 90 percent support among jailers and deputies. As such, he said it would be a waste of money for all concerned to have an election.

  • Seven apply for West post

    The West Las Vegas school district has received seven applications for superintendent.

    On Monday, the school board reviewed the applications behind closed doors. It plans to interview the candidates next Monday.

    The candidates are:

    • Gene Parson, principal of West Las Vegas High School

    • Ruben Cordova, former associate superintendent of West Las Vegas

    • Kaye Peery, former superintendent of Zuni schools

    • Darlene Ulibarri, assistant superintendent of the Pecos schools