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Today's News

  • Luna policy for trades criticized

    Luna Community College contends it is accommodating vocational students who are pursuing hobbies, not degrees or certifications.

    But Kirk Ludi, one of those students, doesn’t believe that to be the case. Instead, hobbyists are getting the shaft, he said.

    Ludi, a West Las Vegas High School teacher, has been an automotive student at Luna for four years. He takes both automotive maintenance and collision repair.

  • Aye, Karlee! RHS tops Mora

    Karlee Bradley scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the opening quarter Wednesday evening, giving host Robertson (3-2) a running start against Mora.

    The Lady Cardinals went on to a 57-30 triumph in a meeting of Class 3A and Class 2A state qualifiers.

    Robertson got a major contribution from Bradley and Daniella Montoya, who did most of her damage in transition and finished with 14 points.

    Bradley, whose improved shooting touch was a major factor in Robertson’s postseason run this past March, posed a serious matchup problem for the Rangerettes.

  • Students are whizzes in government

    When it comes to government, Robertson High School teacher Brenda Ortega-Benavidez’s students know much more than what the three branches of government are. They’re something of experts in political science.

    Her students have just returned from the state Capitol, where they took part in a Constitution Mock Congress competition. It was the first time RHS students placed in the statewide “We the People” Congress, tying for fourth place.

  • Official: Board backs superintendent

    The president of the Las Vegas City Schools board this week offered his support to Superintendent Rick Romero.

    In so doing, he criticized a story in the Las Vegas Times that raised the possibility that board members were discussing firing Romero or buying out his contract, “depending on which board member you ask.”

    “That’s a big lie,” President Phillip Vigil said at a board meeting.

  • No to game reductions

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --  Given the state of the economy in general and in particular the lean budget for state government, entities and agencies statewide, including school districts. are bracing for cuts.

    For now at least, it doesn’t appear that the schools are ready to apply those cuts to their varsity sports schedules.

    Representatives of New Mexico Activities Association member schools this week voted against proposed reductions in game schedules that would have applied to all NMAA schools.

  • Letter: Problems at city soccer field

    I’d like to follow through on a letter that I wrote in August but never mailed to you. But after watching one of our young lady players get hurt, I felt I had to say something. Because of the city’s neglect and misuses of our tax money, our children and grandchildren are put in danger every soccer season.

    I guess there must not be any children or grandchildren belonging to our City Council members who play soccer. Our soccer fields would not be in such sad shape if there were. Particularly, Richard “Pancho” Padilla’s soccer field.

  • Letter: Grogan wrong about rally

    If Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, is as well-informed about the trust that his employees place in him as he is about the pro-union rally that took place at the end of October, we can discount much of what he said before the County Commission, as reported in the Optic on Dec. 11.

    Grogan stated that the rally was coordinated by David Giuliani, managing editor of the Optic. He claimed that Giuliani incorrectly represented the rally as a community event.

  • Council rejects charter again

    For the second time, the City Council on Wednesday rejected a proposed new city constitution, with one member taking a committee to task for not following the council’s directions.

    Two weeks ago, a council majority turned down a proposed charter because it contained a provision for instant runoffs, which would let voters rank their choices in municipal elections, resulting in majority winners.

  • Lady Dons rated as high as No. 1

    West Las Vegas High is enjoying a rare distinction among Meadow City sports programs -- a No. 1 statewide ranking.

    The Lady Dons girls’ basketball team is rated No. 1 in Class 3A according to the New Mexico GameDay poll conducted by Albuquerque TV station KOB. West is No. 2 in the state according to the New Mexico High School Coaches Association rankings.

  • Letter: No quick extraction

    The fire department is waiting too long. I watched as sirens roared for 22 minutes before the engine moved to the fire hydrant.  The windows weren’t broken for over 32 minutes allowing the smoke to be seen. They let it burn hotter!

    My fire department is expected to drive a truck with a water tank on it and run over grass to park closer to the fire and break windows while putting the hose to the fire. This would cut down on the fire damage to our area, making investigations easier.  

    Amongst all of the issues.