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Today's News

  • West board member: I was 'blindsided'

    A West Las Vegas school board member said Thursday she was “blindsided” by the district's music director, Arenell David Arellanes, who took swipes against politicians in announcing that he was leaving for a new job.

    Arellanes, who was recently recognized as the National Music Educator of the Year by the National Association of High Schools, has signed a contract with Albuquerque’s Sandia Prep for next school year.

  • Above and Beyond: 2010 yearbook is tops, firm says

    By Don Pace

    Las Vegas Optic 

    In 1973, Barbara Streisand sang, “Scattered pictures, of the smiles we left behind, smiles we gave to one another. Misty water -- colored memories of the way we were.”

    One way high school graduates in America have of remembering their friends is looking through their yearbook. And with every yearbook comes a staff that has worked for a year collecting and preserving those memories.

  • Letter: Evening meal seeks new location

    As of April 20, the free Tuesday evening meal at the United Community Soup Kitchen will be stopped. The Soup Kitchen director made the decision to end this service to the community. For 20 months, a group of community volunteers have supervised and assisted in running this service, which provides a free meal to the 30 to 40-plus children and adults who show up each week for the meal served from 4 to 4:45 p.m. We believe it is our moral responsibility to continue to meet this need of our community.

  • Mayor: Rate hikes possible

    Looking to keep taxes and fees the same? That’s probably not realistic, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz says.

    At Wed-nesday’s City Council meeting, Ortiz said the city’s utilities departments had many needs, so he warned residents that the city may have to ask them to pay more.

    “Rates if anything are going to go up, not down. We need to pay for improvements,” the mayor said.

    He said the state and federal governments are in dire financial situations, so the city may have to absorb many costs itself, rather than relying on outside grants.

  • Las Vegans lose weight in challenge

    Las Vegans shed well more than 100 pounds in body fat in the recent Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, officials said.

    The staff from the city’s recreation center presented the winners of the challenge on Wednesday. Mayor Alfonso Ortiz noted that the challenge began under his predecessor, Tony Marquez.

    “I’m not the fittest, but I’m holding my own,” the new mayor said.

    A total of 225 people signed up to take part in the challenge, more than in previous ones.

  • Brown honored by RMAC

    While the New Mexico Highlands baseball team has continued its ascent in the national rankings, the Cowboys have also racked up individual accolades. Danny Brown, the Cowboys’ dual threat in pitching and hitting,  this past week became the latest honoree, securing the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week award.

    It is the fourth such award for a Highlands player this season.

  • Luna fires baseball coach

    It’s been a rough ride indeed this season for the Luna Community College baseball program, but for embattled head coach Peter Ortiz, the ride is over.

    Luna officials on Wednesday afternoon announced Ortiz has been fired effective immediately, with assistant coach Antonio Siqueiros taking over for the remainder of the season.

    LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos said the college will not comment on the reasons for Ortiz’s termination because it is a personnel matter. And Ortiz has not responded to the Optic’s requests for an interview.

  • Letter: Beware of the scammers

    On Monday morning, April 12, I received a phone call from a (woman) who garbled the name of the “delivery service” she claimed to be with. She informed me that she had a package for me inside of which was a check for $2.45 million which I had “won,” and that she would like to have the package brought “right over to you.” Smelling a scam, I hung up immediately.

  • Boxing is back Saturday

    Shawn Gallegos, Arturo Crespin, Amanda Crespin and Michael Coca Gallegos have been de facto ambassadors of the Meadow City in the world of professional prizefighting.

    Now they’re coming home to ply their trade.

  • Where does county official live?

    June Garcia is running for re-election to the San Miguel County Commission. But some wonder if she, in fact, lives in this county.

    Documents from the Sandoval County’s assessor’s office show that Garcia’s husband and predecessor, LeRoy Garcia, got a head-of-household exemption for their Rio Rancho home late last month. Such a designation would mean that the Rio Rancho home is their primary residence.