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Today's News

  • 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.    

  • Editorial: Two decades of muscle

    Twenty years ago this month, a grizzled old journalist with an Associated Press career under his belt hung out the shingle for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. And there Bob Johnson stayed for 17 years, diligently working for the public’s right to know, until his death in August 2007.

  • Letter: Drunk drivers and apathy

    Which is worse, habitual drunken drivers who end up killing or apathetic citizens who do nothing effective to stop it?

    Face the facts:

    • Habitual drunken drivers have killed and continue to kill. See Optic headlines.

    • State police are effective in arresting them — over and over again. Kudos. Other law enforcement agencies vary in their effectiveness.

    • The “judicial system” has obviously failed to prevent repeat offenses; witness the recent arrest of a seven-time DWI offender.

  • City housing units vacant for long time

    Las Vegas’ housing authority is meeting and exceeding standards, except for one category, the agency’s director said last week.

    It takes, on average, hundreds of days for turnaround on housing authority units, Director Robert Pacheco said. The standard for turnaround should be 25 days, he said.

    “The housing authority put units on modernization status years ago. They thought the clock would stop until you could fix them,” Pacheco told the City Council at its regular meeting.

  • Cowboys handle Regis

    Highlands baseball responded to another national top-10 ranking by extending its win streak to nine games — and 14 of its last 15 — with three straight at league foe Regis.

    The Cowboys won 8-5 in Friday’s nine-inning opener, following suit with 3-1 and 4-2 decisions on Saturday, all in Denver.

  • City to start Mills, 7th, 8th project

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved the low bidder for a project to improve Mills Avenue and Seventh and Eighth streets.

    But some council members expressed frustration with the contractor’s past work.

    As usual, Sangre de Cristo Gravel Products won the contract for the project. The company, which bought Sierra Transit a couple of years ago, outbids other firms nearly every time, likely because it has a local plant and workforce.