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Today's News

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The second annual chile contest at this year’s Mora-San Miguel County Fair was a successful event. Over 200 people came out to participate in the judging in the different types of homemade chile. The contestants cooked both red and green chile. This year’s first place award went to Amy Chavez, second place Lydia Benavidez, and third place winner Juan Ortiz. The people’s choice award went to Manuel Benavidez.

  • AS IT IS: No West parties these days

    In the spring of 2006, a woman told me at a local restaurant about a West Las Vegas schools-sponsored party that cost thousands of dollars. It was invitation only. No kids allowed.

    The kicker: It was paid for with taxpayer funds, she said.

    That sounded interesting, but unbelievable. I had a lot of stories on my plate at the time, so I didn’t put any time into pursuing this lead.

    But one by one, five more people called me up to tell me about the party.

  • City backs down on issue

    For six months, the city of Las Vegas denied the Optic’s requests for e-mails between City Council members and the mayor.

    The city reversed course last week. It released more than 100 pages of such e-mails.

    That was after the state attorney general’s office, in response to an Optic complaint, recommended that the city hand over the documents to the Optic.

  • KO of a show

    An estimated 3,000 boxing fans got to see three of their local favorites prevail in the ring on Friday night. Arturo Crespin, check. Frankie Archuleta, check. Holly Holm, check.

    Albuquerque’s Holly Holm, a local favorite? Yes, indeed, if the cheers and chants at the Wilson Complex were any indication.

  • Residents near dorms complain

    Marcia Henning’s house is next to the new Highlands University dorms that opened last month. And she, like her neighbors, are unhappy with the increased traffic and noise.

    Her house is at Washington and Ninth streets, just across from the dorms, which have the capacity to house 276 students.

    “Walking on this block of Washington is now extremely hazardous to pedestrians. I’ve almost been hit twice,” she said.

  • BOXING UPDATE CENTRAL

    Check back here for updates from ringside at "Perseverance," pro boxing card on Friday, Aug. 28, at Wilson Complex in LV, NM... Fight one: Nohime Dennison defeats Amanda Crespin, majority decision, 40-36, 38-38, 39-37... Fight two: Lucas Galle d. Jeramiah Torres split dec... Fight three: Arturo Crespin d. Freddie Cisneros, unanimous decision... Fight four: Frankie Archuleta d. Lorenzo Estrada, unanimous decision, 77-75, 78-74, 78-74. ... Main event: Holly Holm d. Terri Blair, unanimous dec., 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL UPDATE

    Robertson High's football team showed major improvement from 2008's tumultuous season with the narrowest of defeats in a wild one at defending state champion Portales on Friday night. The Cardinals lost by the margin of an extra-point conversion, 42-41. The team and coach Richard Martinez will continue a brutal three-game stretch next Friday with a home game against the Lovington Wildcats.

  • Holm’s advice: Don’t sell yourself short

    “Perseverance” is more than just a catchy name for Friday night’s pro boxing card in the Meadow City.

    It’s a concept WIBA welterweight champion Holly Holm takes to heart.

    On Wednesday, amid a series of public appearances in town, Holm shared her story and some advice with an audience at Luna Community College.

    “Find every opportunity you can to better yourselves,” she said. “Don’t sell yourself short. Pursue and achieve your highest goals.”

  • LETTER: What about church, state separation?

    As a citizen of the United States of America and as a God (Judeo/Christian God) fearing person, I was surprised and outraged to read an article on ABC News Jake Trapper and Karen Travers report dated Aug. 19, that in a conference call with liberal and progressive religious leaders President Obama railed against those who were “bearing false witness” in the debate over health care reform.

  • Cops’ stories vary on search

    Authorities have conflicting explanations about a search of a woman’s home in public housing.

    At issue is resident Bernadette Varela’s dealings with Las Vegas police on Feb. 18.

    It turns out that officers went to her home twice that day. But the Police Department’s reports say nothing about a morning search, only referring to an afternoon visit.