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Today's News

  • 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.  

  • Mil Gracias letter

    Las Vegas Special Olympics would first like to thank all the businesses that send donations to our annual contribution letters. Without these donations, LVSO would not be able to operate.

  • Letter: Misuse of political power

    It’s really amazing how political power works. We have good cops, bad cops and corrupted cops. We have good cops who have respect and good relations with the public and do a good job. Then we have bad cops who abuse their powers; they think just because they have a badge and a gun they can do whatever they want and abuse the public. Then we have corrupted cops; these cops have a wicked mind. They steal and/or embezzle whatever they think they can get away with.