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Today's News

  • New leader

    The West Las Vegas school board has been split on just about everything in recent times.

    But it seemed to give the new superintendent a chance to get his footing on some pressing issues during its monthly meeting last week.

    Ruben Cordova spent his fifth day on the job working into the midnight hour, along with the school board, on a long agenda that included construction projects that are running behind schedule to fire code violations that could get the schools shut down.

    The board also addressed an appearance of a conflict of interest.

  • Brayfield, Castellano solid in North loss

    There was no stopping coach Jim Murphy and his Hope Christian-heavy lineup Friday night as the South dropped the North 84-69 in the Class 3A All-Star boys’ basketball game.

    But Clint Brayfield and Ambrosio Castellano and the rest of the North bunch still gave it a (pre-) college try.

    Both sides came out aggressively. But Murphy, who has built a smooth-running hoops machine at Hope and won multiple state titles, smartly relied on the five Huskies he brought with him to the Wilson Complex.

  • Boy's body pulled from lake

    After two days of searching, a state police dive team found a missing 13-year-old boy in Storrie Lake.

    They found the boy, identified as Louis Lucero, around 7 p.m. Saturday, state police spokesman Peter Olson said.

    Storrie Lake park staff started the search Thursday afternoon after they were notified that the boy had gone missing and was presumed to be in the water.

    The state police dive team was also called out.

    The team was in and out of the water that first night. A heavy rain slowed them down just after midnight.

  • City may owe HU $600,000

    The city of Las Vegas may have overcharged Highlands University by $600,000 for natural gas.

    “It appears we had a defective meter,” City Attorney Dave Romero told the City Council last week. “We are verifying this with our own experts. Highlands University has its people looking into this.”

    It was unclear how long the overcharges occurred. City officials didn’t say how they would pay back the money if it was found that the city overcharged the university.

    Romero said it was important to get such information to the public.

  • Council raises sales tax

    The Las Vegas City Council has passed a new sales tax that will amount to 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

    The city expects the tax to bring in hundreds of thousands every year. For the first five months of the year, it is projected to get the city $300,000. It will take effect Jan. 1.

    The City Council voted 3-2 for the tax, with Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman in favor and David Romero and Tonita Gurule-Giron against.

  • County delays warden’s pact

    The County Commission recently delayed consideration of a proposed new three-year contract with Patrick Snedeker, the jail warden.

    Under the proposed agreement, he would get $70,875 a year, which is what he has been making, county officials said.

    Commission Chairman David Salazar made the motion to table the contract. The commission unanimously voted to do so.

    No reasons were given for the decision.

    In other County Commission business:

  • Editorial: An unfair process

    From our perspective, it seems as if the recent Fiestas de Las Vegas went smoothly — overall, a positive happening in our community.

    Now, we’re hearing some of the negative. On June 30, Fiesta Council President Mathew Martinez sent certified letters to six of the 18 council members, informing them they were “terminated effectively immediately.” He alleges that they held a secret meeting in May to conspire against and undermine him — a violation of the council’s bylaws.

  • Letter: Did Kilmer plant Optic’s stories?

    In a recent online Optic, there were five articles and of these, three had to do with alleged drunks. Wonder if Kilmer planted these stories? Perhaps the rumor that we have a drinking problem in San Miguel County is correct.

    W.P. Brown

    Sapello

  • South football deals shutout

    Southern New Mexico football is alive and well.

    The South team punctuated  Class 3A North-South week with a 30-0 drubbing of its upstate rival on Saturday night at Perkins Stadium. In doing so, the boys in blue took a 7-3 lead in a series that may be seeing changes in the coming years.

    The North — coached by Santa Fe Indian School’s Ernie Rodriguez and featuring 10 local players from Robertson and West Las Vegas — made several promising forays into enemy territory but lost the ball each time, either via turnovers or downs.

  • As It Is: When will I learn?

    In getting information from the government, asking the right questions is half the ballgame. But when it comes to seeking public records, I have yet to learn a particular lesson.

    In May 2006, a number of people in town told me that the West Las Vegas school district’s bilingual program put on a lavish adults-only party with money that was intended for kids. I heard that it was held at El Rialto restaurant.

    So I turned in a request to the district, specifying that the party was held at El Rialto.