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Today's News

  • Letter: ID needed for a lot of things

    I am asked to show identification: When I show up for a doctor’s appointment; when filling out a credit card or loan application; when applying for or renewing a drivers license or passport; when applying for any kind of insurance; when filling out college applications; when donating blood; when obtaining certain prescription drugs; when making some debit purchases, especially if I’m out of state; and when collecting a boarding pass for airline or train travel.

  • WLV fires volleyball coach

    It’s a familiar refrain: West Las Vegas High School is reportedly looking for a new head volleyball coach.

    The school relieved Brian Gurule of his coaching duties late this past week, the coach confirmed Friday.

    Gurule took over the program in 2008, his second time at the helm, and had coached the last two seasons. The Lady Dons were 7-14 this past fall.

    “I’m disappointed,” he said. “But you’ve just got to move on. I wish the girls the best of luck.”

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    THURSDAY, MAY 20

    La Plaza majors: Yankees 11, Angels 9

    La Plaza minors: Marlins 15, A’s 0

    FRIDAY, MAY 21

    La Plaza minors: Angels 17, Indians 3; Cubs 14, Yankees 3

    Upcoming games:

    MONDAY, MAY 24

    La Plaza majors: Rockies vs. Cubs, 7:30 p.m.

    La Plaza minors: Cubs vs. Giants, 5:30 p.m.; Indians vs. Marlins, 8:30 p.m.

  • Council keeps workers' perk

    The City Council last week rejected a proposal that would have ended the benefit in which employees can use the recreation center for free.

    Sixty to 80 employees use the rec center each month — a free benefit for both workers and city retirees. But officials proposed that employees and retirees pay a discounted price for the services.

    Under the officials’ proposal, city employees would pay $15 a month to use the rec center, instead of the $30 rate for other customers. Additional family members would get in for $10 a month.

  • RHS grads claimed victories, suffered 'unthinkable blow'

    At Robertson High School’s graduation on Friday night, speakers noted the winning sports teams and academic achievements. And they gave particular credit to the nationally acclaimed FFA club.

    But Leah Lucero, a graduating senior and a top academic achiever, also talked about the “unthinkable blow” to Robertson at the beginning of her class’ junior year.

  • Graham heads to nationals in outdoor track

    New Mexico Highlands University track All-American Angella Graham has qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in four events — the heptathlon, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash. Meanwhile, the Cowgirls’ 400-meter relay team, a provisional qualifier, found itself on the outside looking in.

    The national meet is May 27-29 in Charlotte, N.C.

  • As It Is: Not much scrutiny

    In a little more than a week, voters in two districts of San Miguel County will decide on their representatives on the County Commission.

    The commission doesn’t get much scrutiny from the public or the media.

    Part of the reason is that the county is a relatively smooth-running machine with little drama.

    But it’s also because county commissions in most places don’t get much attention.

    In a city, we’re closer together, and that results in many contentious issues — zoning, nuisances, public utilities such as water and sewer.

  • Letter: Speaking Spanish a political ploy

    Hey, all you English-only advocates, don’t you find it strange that all the politicians, and wannabes, politique in Spanish. It’s like these guys don’t know how to speak Spanish (or want to allow us to speak the language), except when they want something.

    Is this a form of “situation ethics” — kinda like Domenici promising, at every election, that he was going to have enforced the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

  • Carr, Bustillos All-Americans

    New Mexico Highlands University baseball players Jason Carr and David Bustillos have been named to the Daktronics Baseball All-America teams.

    Carr, a Mr. Everything for the Cowboys in the 2010 season, was named to the Daktronics All-America First Team and Bustillos received All-American Honorable Mention honors for his efforts in the 2010 season.

  • Budget includes raises for officials

    The West Las Vegas school board approved a budget last week that includes hefty raises for two top district officials.

    Members Caroline Lopez and Kenny Lujan voted against the document. They protested giving pay hikes to the two officials when the district was asking others to sacrifice in lean times.

    “This will hurt morale in the district. People who have heard about this are upset,” Lopez told the Optic.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu disagreed.