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Today's News

  • Ortiz back at Luna

    After roughly a month off, Luna Community College head baseball coach Peter Ortiz is back on the job, the school reports.

    “Peter Ortiz has been reinstated as baseball coach at Luna Community College,” said Jesse Gallegos, LCC’s public information officer, in a written statement issued late last week. “He had been on administrative leave. Additional steps are being taken to improve our athletic programs.”

  • Letter: Wary of the impact of consolidation

    You needn’t go very far to find those opposed to “change agents.”  The citizens of West Las Vegas were the most adamant for consolidating the two “cities,” but the Las Vegas Daily Optic opposed that consolidation just as adamantly.  I am sure you can find those stories in your own archives.

  • County to tackle turbine rules

    San Miguel County officials will likely take a look at wind-farm regulations at its meeting next month. But no action is expected at that time.

    It’s an issue that has caused division in the Valley since a company expressed interest in putting up wind turbines on the mesa near Bernal a few years ago.

    Some hope to benefit economically from such a project, while others contend turbines are unsightly, noisy and damaging to wildlife.

  • Work of Art: Grand Avenue in the '50s

    The construction that made Grand Avenue a true four-lane highway took place in the early ‘50s. Traffic got routed through Railroad Avenue and even New Mexico Avenue during the several months that improvements took place.

    This month, a $4.4 million project began on the same stretch of road. The news of the project has sparked memories about the major job some 60 years ago.

    Before the ‘50s project, the pavement covered only two lanes, the rest being dirt and gravel, and even the slightest sprinkle of rain managed to get cars stuck.

  • Tears shed for West graduate at remembrance service

    During a remembrance ceremony at West Las Vegas’ gym on Friday, family and friends of Mariah J. Arguello said she was a happy, funny, spirited girl, and the light of their lives. Arguello, 18, a 2009 West Las Vegas High School graduate, was killed shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 25 near San Juan, as she was driving back to Las Vegas. The other driver, Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe, was also killed.

  • Second DWI slipped through the cracks

    State police suspected that Cecilio Jaramillo may have been drinking and driving when he struck another car head on last week on Interstate 25. Both he and the other driver, 18-year-old Mariah Arguello of Las Vegas, died.  While it’s clear that Jaramillo was convicted of his first DWI in 2004, it appears that his second alleged offense in 2007 fell through the cracks.  Las Vegas police Officer Clarence Romero filed the DWI charge against Jaramillo in early January 2007.

  • Children's author draws a crowd

    New York Times bestselling author, artist and illustrator Jan Brett made a stop in Las Vegas on Saturday, pulling up to West Las Vegas High School in her shinny tour bus.  About 300 people waited her arrival.  Brett said she enjoys traveling by bus, because it gives her the freedom to stop at places off the beaten path from the average author tour.

  • Field Day: West Invitational

    The Frank Herrera Complex officially unveiled its new all-weather track for a first competition on Saturday.  As it turned out, the “all-weather” part was put to an immediate test. Saturday saw brisk breezes chill the early morning, when the West Las Vegas Track and Field Invitational began. This was followed by smatterings of light rain and even snowfall, interspersed with fleeting periods of sunshine and relative warmth.

  • Veterans project under way

    Renovation of the old armory on Douglas Avenue has begun, and local officials hope to make it a center for veterans. The armory, which is next to the Las Vegas City Schools administration building, was severely damaged in a fire in 1993.

  • Highlands' teams split

    New Mexico Highlands split the first half of a series in baseball and softball over the weekend in Nebraska. Friday at Nebraska-Kearney, Jason Carr smashed two home runs to help the 12th-ranked Cowboys (19-6, 9-3) break the host Lopers’ eight-game win streak 9-6.