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Today's News

  • Teen arrested in girl's death

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A teen from Las Vegas has been arrested in the death of a girl found unresponsive in a parking lot in Colorado.

    Adams County sheriff's officials say 18-year-old Joseph Daniel Mascarenas is being held for investigation of second-degree murder. His bond was set at $100,000.

  • Who leaked public records?

    The city attorney is taking another swipe at whoever released e-mails to the Optic — despite the state attorney general’s finding that those e-mails were public record.

    City Attorney Carlos Quiñones, in a two-page Oct. 5 memo labeled confidential to the mayor, the City Council and the city manager, contended that the release of the e-mails to the Optic was a “clear breach of the confidentiality provision” of the governing body’s Code of Professional Ethics.

  • Editorial: Involve the council

    Las Vegas attorney Dave Romero had much criticism of the proposed city charter, which would essentially be the constitution for municipal government. The city is seeking public input on the document.

    The Charter Commission is proposing that the council have involvement in the hiring and firing of top officials. But Romero argues that this would be a mistake. He said the people elect mayors to get things done and that mayors need to have officials on board with their agendas. Therefore, appointment powers should rest solely with mayors, he said.

  • RMAC teams rate among best in nation

    Several of New Mexico Highlands University’s league rivals are rated among the elite teams in NCAA Division II.

    Six of the top 10 women’s soccer teams in the region hail from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. No. 1 Metro State (11-1) visits Highlands this Sunday afternoon. The others are No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, No. 4 Fort Lewis, No. 5 Regis, No. 7 Mesa State and No. 9 Colorado Christian.

  • Valley spikers go undefeated

    Thirteen middle school student-athletes from Sena, Bernal, Ribera, Gonzales Ranch, Curuco, Villanueva, San Jose and Ancon did what many thought was unthinkable this past volleyball season — going undefeated — winning 14 consecutive games for the Valley Middle School Roadrunners.

  • Ortzow, Hutchinson, Maestas shine in Jaguar Invite

    Amanda Ortzow’s 18th place individual finish was a highlight of Saturday’s Jaguar Invitational cross country meet hosted by Capital High School in Santa Fe.

    The West Las Vegas junior had a time of 21:32 in the girls’ varsity race.

    Kaitlin Hutchinson won the girls’ junior varsity race with a time of 22:22, pacing the Robertson Lady Cardinals to a fourth place team result. RHS teammate Heather Aragon joined her in the top 10 (10th, 23:54).

  • Mil Gracias

    We would like to thank Mike Melton and the Bank of Las Vegas and Keith Tucker and Community First Bank for their continued support and contributions to the staff and students of West Las Vegas Middle School.

  • Feldman won't run for mayor

    Las Vegas City Councilman Andrew Feldman said last week that he won’t run for mayor next year.

    “I feel I can be more effective as a councilor working for the betterment of Las Vegas if we get a good mayor in the 2010 election,” he said.

    Feldman said he hasn’t endorsed anyone for mayor yet.

    No one has announced for mayor so far, but several have expressed interest, including San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz, former City Councilman Louie Trujillo and former state employee Tonita Gurulé-Giron.

  • Council enacts new ethics rule

    The City Council enacted a resolution last week to establish a protocol for how the mayor and council members can communicate with bidders and contractors.

    The resolution bans governing body members from talking with bidders about negotiations or procurement of contracts. The officials can talk to the bidders about other subjects.

  • Work of Art: 'Whatever' a huge put-down

    On a recent talk show, a caller said the radio guest had “hit the nail on the head.” Wow, what perception!

    I don’t mean to appear haughty, but I find it hard — always have — to commend such a caller for profundity. “Hit the nail on the head” is a metaphor meaning that what the guest said was absolutely correct. Up to that time, I’d never met-a-phor I didn’t like.

    How is it possible to comment further without carting out the vitriol and sarcasm? I’ll try.