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Today's News

  • Paralegal to run for magistrate

    Ruth Trujillo plans to run for the magistrate judgeship now held by Philip Romero, who hasn’t announced his plans.

    She is a certified paralegal and has 30 years of experience in the judicial system, having retired after working for seven district attorney administrations.

    She worked for an attorney in the private sector for two years and is currently employed as a trial court administrative assistant in the Fourth Judicial District Court.

  • Lady Dons head to state championship

    West Las Vegas is headed to the state championship game in Class 3A girls' basketball after surviving an overtime thriller against district rival St. Michael's early Thursday in The Pit.

    Miranda Martinez hit a buzzer-beating basket to lift the Lady Dons (28-5) to a 47-46 triumph over the Lady Horsemen. The Lady Dons and coach Jose Medina now prepare for tonight's title tilt against the winner of Thursday's other semifinal between Santa Fe Indian School and Lovington. Tipoff of the championship game is 6 p.m. today, also at The Pit.

  • ASC women making NCAA hoops tourney debut

    ALAMOSA, Colo. — School history was made Sunday evening as the Adams State College women's basketball team — led by former West Las Vegas standout Vera Jo Bustos — was selected to participate in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time.

  • Work of Art: It may sound sil-ly

    ‘What’s happened to Lee?” my friend Susan Swan straight-facedly asked me this week, and I fidgeted while attempting an answer.

    “Well, Lee, our erstwhile features editor at the Optic, isn’t with us any longer,” I think I answered. Susan responded, “I don’t mean that Lee.”

    But let’s back up a little. We’ll get to the other Lee in a few graphs.

    Language is what people say it is, which is why you won’t ever find me criticizing its usage.

    Yeah, right.

  • County's building projects done

    Over the last decade, San Miguel County has spent millions of dollars improving its buildings or constructing new ones.

    Now that those projects are done, the county won’t be spending as much on capital outlay for its facilities in the coming years, County Manager Les Montoya said during the County Commission’s mid-year budget review last week.

    He said the county could invest some of its resources on new computers, among other things.

  • Editorial: The agents of change

    Aside from the question about the percentage of votes necessary to pass the new Las Vegas city charter into law — a simple majority vs. a super majority  — this much is certain: Most of last week’s voters declared that they want change. Fifty-six percent preferred a new charter over the four-decades-old document that was approved when the two Vegases united into a single city in 1970.

    Actually, “change” is a familiar refrain for voters; we’ve noticed it numerous times in recent years.

  • Good start vs. Mavs

    Kyle Gutchewsky homered and his New Mexico Highlands teammates David Bustillos, Oscar Sigala and Troy DeAngelis each collected two hits in Friday’s 8-3 win over Mesa State College.

    But the man on the mound — Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason Pitcher of the year Drew Vassil — really shined, going the distance in a nine-inning win, striking out five and allowing seven hits and no earned runs.

    A six-run fourth inning by NMHU erased the Mavericks’ 3-0 lead, and the Cowboys tacked on an insurance run in each of the next two frames.

  • Las Vegan presents flags to schools

    Staff Sgt. Martin David Gallegos is a graduate of Robertson High School, but visited both East and West schools last week to unfurl three U.S. flags flown over war-torn Iraq. 

    The flags were flown by his National Guard unit in a Iraq. With each flag, Gallegos also presented a plaque describing its history. 

    Gallegos is serving with the 515th Regiment out of Belen. The soldiers are stationed at Camp Bucca, a forward operating base about 200 miles south of Baghdad.

  • Cowgirls, Mountain Lions battle to first-day draw

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Kailey Hernandez hit a two-run double in the sixth inning to lift the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to a 7-5 victory over the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls and a doubleheader split Saturday afternoon at Mountain Lion Field.

    New Mexico Highlands (5-6) won the opener 13-4.

  • Lady Dons, Cardinals head to quarters

    Next stop: The Pit.

    West Las Vegas’ Lady Dons made their way to the Class 3A state basketball quarterfinals by doubling up Hatch Valley 60-30 on Friday before a mostly full Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Dons (25-4) will play Thoreau at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner getting a semifinal date with either No. 1 Portales or No. 9 St. Michael’s on Thursday. Including Tuesday’s games, the remainder of the 3A girls’ tourney will be held at University Arena (AKA The Pit) in Albuquerque.

    Thoreau beat Hot Springs 58-47 in another Friday playoff game.