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Today's News

  • Editorial: An unusual negotiation

    Imagine the following scenario: Bob has a for-sale sign on his Ford pickup truck. A stranger is looking it over, seemingly interested.

    “What will you pay for my truck?” Bob asks the man.

    “I’ll give you $3,000,” the stranger responds.

    “No, that’s too much. I’ll sell it to you for $2,000,”the seller says.

    Say what?

  • Mora runner signs with HU

    “Hard work usually yields positive results,” wrote Mora High School cross country standout Henrique Chavez in the scholarship essay he recently authored.

    Chavez’s own diligence has helped land him a scholarship on the New Mexico Highlands University men’s cross country team. The Mora senior recently signed his letter of intent to attend — and run for — NMHU.

  • Bustos, Grizz bumped from tourney

    ALAMOSA, Colo. — Despite playing without their top scorer for much of the game in junior Rachel Espinoza, the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves continued their fine RMAC Shootout play as they held the Adams State College women’s basketball team to a 28.1 percent shooting effort in the first half en route to a 70-61 win in the quarterfinal round Tuesday night at Plachy Hall.

  • Rangers reign in district, await Rehoboth

    The Mora Rangers will be hosting the Rehoboth Christian Lynx at 5 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the state tournament.

    The Rangers earned the right by defeating the visiting Pecos Panthers in the District 4-2A championship game on Saturday evening. It’s the first time since the 2006 season that Mora has hosted.

    “The Rangers are rolling,” said Coach Hank Laumbach. “It’s not how we started; it’s how we finish that matters. The season is done for some teams that beat us early on.”

  • District clears Robertson counselor

    Robertson High School counselor Amadee Duran, who was placed on leave last November for alleged “inappropriate” activities, is now back on the job.

    Duran, who returned Monday, has been cleared by an internal investigation conducted by the Las Vegas City Schools district. She was placed on leave after allegations of “inappropriate contact” surfaced.

  • State police arrest repeat DWI offenders

    The state police arrested three Las Vegans in recent days on DWI charges -- all of whom have been charged with the offense several times before.

    Leonard R. Montoya, 43, 1003 Tilden St., was charged with his seventh DWI offense on Sunday.

    A state police officer noticed that Montoya was weaving between lanes in his pickup truck on Mountain View Drive, according to a criminal complaint. After the officer pulled over Montoya, the driver admitted that he had come from Legers bar, which was near where he was stopped. His arrest occurred shortly after closing time.

  • WLV girls win district tourney

    Miranda Martinez led all scorers with 17 points and teammate Vanessa Lucero scored 16 to spearhead West Las Vegas’ 53-41 win over Santa Fe Indian School on Saturday in the District 2-3A tournament championship game.

    The Lady Dons will host a first-round state tournament contest on Friday evening at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Editorial: Staking a claim

    By the end of the day on Tuesday, all those who want to stake a claim on the future of Las Vegas will have voted in this year’s municipal election. They will have mapped out the next chapter in the city’s history — and since newspapers write “the first draft of history,” voters will be helping to decide the headlines to run in the Las Vegas Optic over the next couple of years.

    Is this municipal election really that important? Let’s take a look.

  • Letter: Memories make Las Vegas home

    After many years living in a small community such as Las Vegas, one begins a list of the friends and acquaintances who have passed away. And gradually, a kind of phantom city begins to co-exist alongside the actual city. Here and there, as one goes about town, one passes a house that once belonged to someone now numbered among the dead. The house has new occupants. It is their house now. Yet it stirs up memories of its former occupant. It is still their house too!

  • State tournament brackets set

    Fans of local area high school basketball teams now know whom and where their favorite hoopsters will be playing in the opening round of the New Mexico state tournaments.

    Girls' first-round games will take place Friday at the home campuses of the higher seeds. The boys will play Saturday.