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Today's News

  • Grievance filed vs. coach

    Luna Community College baseball players have filed a formal grievance against head coach Peter Ortiz alleging that he has been intoxicated during the team’s road trips.

    The Optic has been unable to reach Ortiz for comment.

    The coach was placed on administrative leave earlier this season for unspecified reasons but returned to work in late March. Assistant Antonio Siqueiros filled in during the leave.

  • Baca, Quintana pace RHS linksters

    Brandon Baca and Jayme Quintana posted state-qualifying scores Monday in the Capital City Golf Invitational at the Santa Fe Country Club.

    For Quintana, it was the fourth qualifying leg (only three are required) of the season. The Robertson standout shot an 85, placing third overall.

  • Victim's family offering reward

    The family of Mariah Arguello, the Las Vegas native killed by a drunken driver, wants to know more about the driver’s activities the night of the accident.

    Mariah Arguello, 18, was headed east on Interstate 25 near San Juan when Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe crossed over and hit Arguello’s car head on late the night of April 23. Both died in the crash.

    A bottle of beer was found in Jaramillo’s car.

  • West won't reconsider

    In a divided vote last month, the West Las Vegas school board voted down a new contract for Superintendent Jim Abreu, meaning his time with the district ends June 30.

    But his allies on the board last week wanted to bring up the subject again, hoping for the board to reconsider.

    The issue was on the agenda for the board’s regular meeting. However, Abreu supporters’ hopes were shattered right from the start when board member David Romero made a motion to remove the item from the agenda.

  • Cowboys: Top 10 in two polls

    New Mexico Highlands University hopped to 10th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll on the heels of the Cowboys’ four-game sweep of Regis over the weekend in Denver.

    NMHU (29-6 overall and 19-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) received 344 points in the poll, which was released Monday. The team was 14th in last week’s poll.

  • Lady Dons look for strong finish

    With one of the deeper batting orders in loaded District 2-3A softball, West Las Vegas’ offense hasn’t been the problem this season.

    But holding opponents in check has been another matter.

    “You give up a couple walks, and you make a couple errors, and you get in trouble,” said WLV head coach Lucas Griego. “There’s no defense for a walk. We’ve got to be able to control that.”

  • Family Justice Center moves

    The Family Justice Center moved into new digs last month.

    The nonprofit group, funded by the state government, is now in the building next to the motor vehicle office on Ridge Runner Road in north Las Vegas. It moved from a building in the industrial park.

    The group entered into a lease agreement with San Miguel County, which recently built the structure. The center is paying for its lease with the county with in-kind services — providing help to domestic violence victims in the county.

  • Group says it won't fence Storrie soon

    Visitors to Storrie Lake State Park shouldn’t expect to see any fences being erected there for at least the next couple of weeks.

    As recently as Monday, the Storrie Project Water Users Association placed newspaper advertisements warning that it would close the park because the state refuses to renew its lease for the association’s land. The association’s leader said last week that the group may begin arranging for a fence as early as this week.

  • Birds soar at the Perk

    Estevan Vigil, Daniel Martinez and Linda Esquibel are representing the Meadow City in Monday’s elite Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational, gathering many of the state’s high-profile prep tracksters at the University of New Mexico track and field complex.

    It’ll be a moment in the spotlight as well as a short rest for them after Thursday’s successful New Mexico Highlands University-Puma Joe Abrams Classic.

    Vigil had a state-qualifying javelin throw, also winning in the long jump, 100-meter dash, 200 and 400.

  • Bingaman touts health care

    U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., told a an audience at Luna Community College on Friday that the health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law two weeks ago is a major step forward for the country.

    Bingaman highlighted a number of parts of the new health insurance law that he said will benefit New Mexicans. As far as paying for the the bill, he said other states will be paying more.