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Today's News

  • Highlands wins conference

    Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champs.

    New Mexico Highlands University claimed that distinction over the weekend in perhaps the sweetest way possible — with a decisive road win over nemesis Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Cowboys (33-8 overall and 23-5 in RMAC play) beat the host Mavericks 15-8 on Friday for the clincher.

    As a result, the team will be the top seed in the RMAC tournament coming up May 5-8 in Kearney, Neb.

  • Man convicted of trafficking cocaine

    A Las Vegas man has been convicted of trafficking cocaine and will be serving two years behind bars, officials said.

    Delfino “Delfy” Salazar, 54, was recently sentenced to two years in prison, followed by two years of probation and parole, District Attorney Richard Flores said. If Salazar is caught trafficking drugs again, prosecutors could use the first conviction to justify charging him with a first-degree felony, Flores said.

  • Alamo Street project resumes

    A contractor has resumed the Alamo Street project, which is slated to be finished by month’s end.

    That’s likely to be a relief to residents on Alamo, who have complained about the muddy street during the worst of winter. It took residents four-wheel drives at times to get to their houses.

    The contractor, Sangre de Cristo Gravel, said it tried its best to keep the road as navigable as possible.

    In mid-December, the city suspended the paving project on Alamo from McRae to South Pacific streets because of the onset of winter.

  • Famous scientist visits Las Vegas

    Ushered into the United World College auditorium by youngsters wielding a huge cloth “Peace Dove,” London-born Jane Goodall, world-renowned ethologist  and primatologist, was greeted with a standing ovation by the overflow crowd.

    Goodall immediately charmed the group with her own greeting — the rising cadence of  “OO-OO-OO-OO-OO” — recognizable as the sound of chimpanzee salutation.

  • Editorial: Slippery explanations

    Our elected officials are required to live in the districts they represent. So it’s fair game to ask candidates for office about their residency.

    Voters can now reasonably wonder if District 1 San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia lives here or in Sandoval County, which is two hours down the road.

    When a reporter called Garcia last week about these issues, she didn’t return the message. Instead, she had her husband and predecessor on the board, LeRoy Garcia, answer our reporter’s inquiries.

  • West gets it done

    How the West has won.

    West Las Vegas topped Robertson in baseball and softball games on Tuesday, taking the former by a 7-5 count and the latter in a 9-4 verdict.

    The Dons’ win gives them a three-game series sweep of their crosstown rivals and puts them in striking distance of second place in District 2-3A.

    Manny Blea chalked up three hits in four at-bats for West, but he got plenty of help through the lineup, as eight Dons had at least one hit each.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... CREATIVE INGENUITY. A simple little “mil gracias” letter alerted us to a creative approach to education. Two local merchants — Hacienda and Gamble’s, provided Legion Park Elementary School students with a couple of hundred brown-paper bags and the kids used them to draw and color pictures of what they love most about our planet, as part of their Earth Day lesson. The decorated bags were then taken back to the stores for distribution to their customers.

  • Highlands athletes recognized for academic achievement

    A number of New Mexico Highlands University student athletes in the school’s winter and spring sports are among the league honorees for academic performance this year.

  • 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.