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Today's News

  • Fire destroys area musician’s house

    A fire on Monday destroyed the home of well-known local musician Antonia Apodaca, the same place where she was born, her son said.

    Apodaca, who performs around the area with her accordion, was at her house around 11:30 a.m. Monday when high winds apparently broke off a stovepipe, causing the blaze.

    The 88-year-old fell trying to save some of her property, hitting her head, her son, Max Apodaca, said. She also reportedly suffered some smoke inhalation.

  • Cowgirls rope first RMAC win

    Whitley Coca swished two free throws and teammate Marissa Magalei made one of two in the final 28 seconds of regulation Friday, providing insurance for New Mexico Highlands’ first win in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play this season.

    The Cowgirls (4-8, 1-5 RMAC) nipped Colorado-Colorado Springs 74-73, holding on in the face of a 13-5 Mountain Lion run over the last four and a half minutes.

    NMHU came close to its second RMAC victory the following night, losing 61-60 to Colorado State-Pueblo in another one-point verdict.

  • Lady Dons bounce Bernalillo

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team marched to its sixth win in seven games this season on Monday, freezing Bernalillo 52-37 in the opening round of the Ben Lujan Invitational hosted by Pojoaque High School.

    The Lady Dons (6-1) were to play Class 4A Española Valley (7-0) in a Tuesday semifinal. The Lady Sundevils won 55-38 over Peñasco, also Monday in Jacona.

    The tournament, which wraps up on Wednesday, boasts an impressive girls’ bracket that also includes a much-improved Taos club and the always tough host Elkettes.

  • ‘Pokes go to 8-1

    Thomas Manzano and Mindaugas Markevicius combined for 45 points this past Saturday night in New Mexico Highlands’ 99-87 victory over Colorado State-Pueblo — the Cowboys’ eighth win in nine games this season.

    NMHU and coach Joe Harge also won on Friday, a  94-69 thrashing of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    The Cowboys (8-1 overall, 5-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) are off until Dec. 30, when they travel to Phoenix to play Grand Valley State. Then on Jan. 2, they play at league foe Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.

  • Don’t base it on politics

    We don’t care whether the administrator of the state hospital is a Democrat or Republican. Frankly, we don’t want that official to cozy up to any governor or elected official.

    Rather, the administrator should focus on the job at hand.

    Troy Jones, the hospital’s chief for the last two and a half years, hasn’t been a political guy, thankfully. Not long before he took the reins, the administrator’s position was made exempt — in other words, an appointee of the governor.

  • Right to reverse

    The Las Vegas City Council was right to reverse its decision on a proposed subdivision in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue.

    During a public hearing last year, some neighbors testified that they thought the subdivision would consist of low-income homes attracting a criminal element. Afterward, the council voted 3-2 to reject the proposal by local developer Phil Warfield. One member voting against the development said he feared an increase in traffic; the other two didn’t give reasons for their vote.

  • Work of Art: I’m not saying it was windy

    By Art Trujillo

    Many people talked as if they’d never seen or felt anything like it. “This is the worst wind we’ve had,” was oft-repeated.

    Remember, this is Las Vegas, where nobody remains unhappy about the weather, because it changes so often.

    Where else can we have five consecutive days of dry, freezing cold, followed by two summer-like days, followed by winds up to 74 mph, and then a foot of snow? Winds between 74 and 95 mph constitute a Category 1 hurricane.

  • Noticias-Dec. 22, 2010

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.

    • The Grand Avenue project will be suspended starting on Friday, Dec. 17 and construction operations will resume in March 2011 contingent on winter weather according to NMDOT District Four and Fisher Sand and Gravel. For more information, call Anthony Martinez, Project Manager at 454-3690 or Kenny Lujan, District Four Public Information Officer at 617-5900.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 22, 2010

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Carnegie Library. The theme will be “Christmas in Las Vegas.” The book will be “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Eileen Daly. The craft will be a Christmas photo frame.

    FRIDAY VIERNES
    • Santa Claus visits the Tecolote Fire Department starting at 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 24.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR    

  • East official criticizes board

    Las Vegas City Schools Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintana says she got a rotten deal from the school board as she was left out of any discussions concerning the replacement of Superintendent Rick Romero.

    “I have not been treated with the dignity and respect that I deserve,” she said in an interview. 

    “I feel that I was disrespected by the board. I have dedicated much of my career and education to Las Vegas City Schools, not for anything more than to do good,” Quintana said.