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Today's News

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The 2009 Apple Harvest is now history and the last event was very successfully completed.

    Thank you parishioners for buying apples during the recent fund-raising to benefit the Heating and Air Conditioning Project at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church and thank you very much to the individuals who helped selling the apples: Bernie and Dora Duran, Robert Tyrrell, Marty and Michael Sweeney, Lettie Martinez, Albert and Lorraine Gallegos, Gloria Roman and Ernie Montaño.

    Juan A. and Alice Sandoval

    Las Vegas

  • Murder suspect found guilty

    SANTA ROSA — The family of murder suspect David Levi Chavez thought it had good news when the judge read the jury’s verdict Friday afternoon — not guilty of first-degree murder.

    They erupted in loud cheers — prematurely as it turned out.

    District Judge Abigail Aragon then announced that the jury had found Chavez, 22, guilty of second-degree murder in the 2008 death of 6-year-old Jasmine Garcia. She had been sleeping in a house on Las Vegas‘ Union Street when she was struck by gunfire.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... STAYING PREPARED. Government always operates better when it takes the long view, rather than just responding to the latest crisis. Recently, San Miguel County Commission Chairman David Salazar asked to see what existing county rules may apply to any permits for oil and gas drilling.

  • Editorial: A giant in state politics

    Politics is a full-contact sport, especially in New Mexico. It’s all about power, competition, compromise, persuasion and relations, and in this rough-and-tumble world, Bruce King was a real pro.

  • Grizzlies spook Air Force

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Adams State College women's basketball team remained close until the bitter end but ultimately succumbed to some strong free-throw shooting from the NCAA Division I United States Air Force Academy Falcons in  a 65-59 win over the scrappy Division II Grizzlies, Tuesday night here in Clune Arena.

    ASC’s Vera Jo Bustos, a native of Las Vegas and graduate of West Las Vegas High, scored 12 points to move into fifth place on the school’s career scoring list since its move to D-II in 1992.

  • State report blasts West

    The West Las Vegas school district is top-heavy and needs to shift more money to the classroom, according to a state report released this week.

    The Legislative Finance Committee unveiled an analysis of five small school districts — West Las Vegas, Las Vegas City Schools, Bernalillo, Bloomfield and Aztec. It was most critical of the West district.

    The staff report was presented to the committee Thursday morning in Santa Fe.

  • So we meet again

    Socorro’s football field has been the site of some memorable victories in the recent history of Robertson football. The Cardinals and coach Richard Martinez hope that trend continues Saturday.

    Socorro, 7-3 and the No. 3 seed in the Class 3A state playoffs, host No. 6 seed RHS (8-3) at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the winner moving to a semifinal meeting with either No. 2 Raton or No. 7 St. Michael’s the following weekend at the campus of the higher seed.

  • Editorial: Prepare for cuts

    Last week, fears surfaced that more than $1.5 million in state funding may be lost to the city of Las Vegas because of budget cuts, but there’s good reason to think that’s only the beginning. The state is facing more than a half-billion dollar shortfall and the legislature is going to have to deal with it by cutting expenses, raising taxes or doing both.

  • Fire destroys northside home

    A fire destroyed a mobile home north of Las Vegas on Sunday night.

    It started while its renter, Andrea Torres, an inserter for the Optic, had left for awhile. She is now staying at her cousin’s house.

    Torres said her bedroom set was saved, but nearly everything else was lost.

    “My clothes were smoke-damaged. My couches were water-damaged,” Torres said.

    She said she had been gone for an hour and a half when her brother called to tell her that fire trucks were at her house.

    Torres had lived there for the last three years.

  • Editorial: Guns escalate confrontations

    Las Vegas lost a beloved member of the community last week in an act of violence that didn’t have to happen. And it wouldn’t have happened if a gun hadn’t been readily available.

    Now, a young and promising life is lost and another young man — Richard Baca, 21, of Los Lunas, who had been serving his country — is facing the possibility of years in jail.