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Today's News

  • City OKs housing contract

    The City Council voted last week to approve IHP Construction for a 10-unit renovation in the public housing authority. IHP beat two other bidders, but it wasn’t the lowest. Officials said the lowest bidder had some problems in its proposal.

    The contract is worth $258,000, slightly over the engineer’s estimated cost of $250,000, said Robert Pacheco, the city’s housing director.

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    The City Council recognized Helen Rivera of El Sombrero Restaurant, which offers free Thanksgiving dinners to the public every year.

  • 'Cool cucumbers' take part in school's bee

    The words became more difficult as the spelling bee progressed at Paul D. Elementary School last week. And the younger kids began to drop out.

    But third-grader Austen King finished in the top three and stood with fifth-graders A.J Larrañaga and Connor Houdek, who won took first and second places respectively.

    In all spelling bees, there are lessons learned even when kids misspell a word. For example, one of the younger children spelled “honest,” O-N-E-S-T, which makes perfect phonetic sense, and was a lesson in silent consonants and vowels. 

  • Cardinal grapplers get healthier

    Troy Estrada’s return from an injury came at a welcome time for the Robertson High wrestling team.

    Estrada racked up a 5-0 record over the weekend, boosting the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish in the Moriarty Duals.

    “Troy has been out with an injury, and we are really glad to have him back in the lineup,” said coach Richard Martinez.

  • Decision on chamber audit delayed

    A dispute between two local business groups made its way to the City Council last week.

    At Councilman Andrew Feldman’s request, the council discussed a possible performance and fiscal audit of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce. He has said that he had heard about “serious problems” at the chamber, but he hasn’t said what they were.

    However, the chamber’s president and a top city official responded that no one has brought concerns about the group to them.

  • Letter: Baca Jr. running on his own accord

    Our son Joseph P. Baca Jr. has decided to enter the race for City Council in Ward 4. He did so after several people encouraged him to seek the position. Both my wife and I were very surprised when he informed us that he was seriously considering entering the race.

  • Editorial: West should send message

    It shouldn’t take a newspaper to get action on an allegation of drunken driving. But that’s what happened over the last couple of weeks.

    Three weeks ago, the Optic started asking around about a crash involving a West Las Vegas vehicle, which occurred in early August in Moriarty. We then got the Torrance County Sheriff’s Department’s full report.

  • Gonzalez to lead RHS football

    Speculation about the future of the Robertson High football program can come to a close.

    The school is promoting defensive coordinator Leroy Gonzalez to the head coaching position, sources close to the school’s athletic department have confirmed.

    Gonzalez succeeds Richard Martinez, who submitted his letter of resignation shortly before the holiday break.

  • DWI suspect's fate unclear

    The West Las Vegas school district is keeping its options open on how to deal with an employee who has been charged with totaling a district vehicle while driving drunk.

    Meanwhile, an anti-DWI activist is questioning the district’s handling of the case.

    West Superintendent Jim Abreu said Monday that he wanted to talk with school board members and the district’s attorney before making any decisions on the employment of John J. Roybal, 41, a mechanic who got into the accident on Aug. 5 in the Moriarty area.

  • Crespin siblings fight Jan. 29 at Tingley

    Getting even.

    It’s part of what Arturo and Amanda Crespin hope to accomplish on Jan. 29 when they return to the ring for a professional boxing card at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque.

    Arturo is scheduled for a rematch with Carlos Sanchez, who dealt him his first professional defeat last year.

    Amanda is slated to take on Nohime Dennison, who spoiled her pro debut in a narrow decision this past August.

  • Rifilato returns

    The last man to lead the New Mexico Highlands football program to a league championship is returning to a sideline near you.

    NMHU late last week announced the hiring of Ed Rifilato — most recently the head coach at Fort Lewis — as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator.

    In 1999, his sole year as Highlands’ head coach, Rifilato led the Cowboys to a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title. He had been Carl Ferrill’s defensive coordinator at NMHU the three years prior to that.