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Today's News

  • Lady Dons going dancing
  • Commissioner, state representative forums this week

    Forums for San Miguel County Commission and state representative candidates are planned for Wednesday and Thursday.

    The forum for candidates for the District 1 and 3 County Commission seats will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands University’s G35 (Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall), which is next to Donnelly Library.

    The forum for District 70 state representative hopefuls is Thursday, with the same hours and place.

    The forums are sponsored by the Committee for the People and the Las Vegas Optic.

  • 70 percent of Highlands grads are women, president says

    Seventy percent of Highlands University’s graduates on Saturday were women.

    The capacity crowd at the 2010 commencement ceremony at Wilson Complex cheered the news the day before Mother’s Day.

    “What a tremendous and impressive statement,” Highlands President Jim Fries said to applause.

    Fries also noted that students on the main campus include 19 tribes, 43 states and 32 countries. He said 40 percent of students are studying at the master’s degree level.

  • State baseball ride ends for Las Vegas

    For being a couple of the state tournament’s longest-shot underdogs, Las Vegas’ two prep baseball teams put quite a scare into their heavily favored opponents on Saturday, miles from the Meadow City.

    Fifteenth seed Robertson led No. 2 Bloomfield much of their game but stumbled late in losing 7-5.

    To the south, 14th seed West Las Vegas kept close most of the way but fell at No. 3 Cobre by a 9-5 count.

  • Vatos put up a fight in regionals

    In Fort Worth, Texas, last weekend, the young Highlands University Vatos finished one win short of reaching the USA Rugby Sweet 16.

    In a big upset, the Vatos defeated Texas’ No. 1 Austin Rugby Club 13-7 before losing to Texas’ No. 2 Dallas, 25-10 in the semifinals.

    A 43-22 consolation loss for third place to Missouri No. 1 St Louis Rugby Club landed the Vatos with a fourth place trophy. The top three of eight regionals advance to the national final 16.

  • Nip-tuck East-West softball finale

    In a day of wild rallies and photo finishes, Robertson and West Las Vegas battled to a split Saturday in the final softball doubleheader of the regular season.

    Each team had something at stake in terms of state tournament seeding (announced Sunday as this issue was going to press). And they both played like it.

    West Las Vegas won the opener 13-11 on Larrissa Gallegos’ walk-off two-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth inning.

  • Jump for joy!

    A child did lead them.

    Robertson freshman Kristen Montaño led off a successful state track meet by winning the girls’ long jump, clearing 17 feet, 2 inches.

    Montaño, who built up a list of state-qualifying performances over the second half of the season, won by nearly a half foot over runner-up Dionna Montoya, a Pojoaque senior.

    That victory set the tone for a strong weekend for locals at the meet, held at UNM’s track complex.

  • East schools set to lay off 15

    The Las Vegas City Schools expects 15 employees to be leaving the district because of retirement or other reasons. But that won’t make up a more than $1 million shortfall in the budget.

    The district’s superintendent, Rick Romero, said at a meeting last week that some “good people” will have to be laid off to make ends meet. That cut would affect 15 — four teachers and 11 other staff, he said.

    It didn’t appear that the district will be laying off any principals or other top administrators — an idea floated earlier.

  • Editorial: A cleaner community

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is right to be looking for new ways to reduce the amount of illegal dumping in our area.

    Last week, he signed an executive order that eliminates fees for city utility customers who bring trash to the transfer station in north Las Vegas. All residents have to do is show their utility bills to prove they’re customers.

  • Guerin a state champ!

    Just an eighth grader, Juliana Guerin is a state champion in girls’ tennis.

    Guerin knocked off Paloma Gomez of St. Michael’s in the Class 3A girls’ singles final on Thursday to capture the title, capping a successful first year on the Robertson High varsity.