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Today's News

  • Letter: Big prize, good pizza

    It was after 8 p.m. on Sept. 16 when my wife Anita Vigil received a phone call from a male who identified himself as Mr. Garcia, the owner of Pizza Pro. Anita was told her name had been drawn as the winner of the $1,000 prize. Being aware of the present day scams I questioned her on its validity. She assured me it was factual, that in fact she has signed up for the drawing, since it is her favorite pizza and a place we frequent.

  • Letter: 'Interim' attorney doesn't make sense

    I am having a heck of a time understanding the term “interim.” A dictionary I used said it was “a temporary or provisional arrangement; stopgap; makeshift.”

    If this definition is correct, then why would the Great City of Las Vegas, New Mexico, want to use a stopgap or makeshift attorney?

    It would appear to me with elections last March, that there was plenty of time to find a fella that wanted to do a fine job for us and become a permanent part of our city family.

  • Senior Profile: Always a 'fringe guy'

    Whether he’s walking down the street or sitting at his favorite eatery, Arthur LaCombe Vargas might not strike one as the typical lawyer. Depending on our own experiences with legal situations, each of us probably has a preferred generalization.

  • Letter: Could it happen here?

    Perhaps you read about the 6-year-old Cub Scout Zachary Christie being suspended for 45 days from his Delaware school. It seems that, without asking his parents, he brought his camping eating utensils to school (seemingly with which to attack the cafeteria mystery meat). A teacher saw it and, as required, reported it. The school district ruled that this otherwise exemplary student, in fact, brought a knife to school. So under the district’s strict no-tolerance policy, Zachary was required to be suspended for 45 days.

  • RHS, WLV take on Top Five foes

    It’s a significant weekend ahead for local football teams, as Robertson and West Las Vegas hit the road to play a couple of the premier teams in Class 3A, while New Mexico Highlands is at home looking to break its drought.

    RHS (3-3) visits Socorro (4-2), the No. 5 team in the state according to the Oct. 14 poll of the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. The Cardinals are ranked ninth in the same poll.

  • Grizzlies rumble over NMHU

    Host Adams State College jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held on for a 3-0 women’s soccer win over New Mexico Highlands University on Wednesday in Alamosa, Colo.

    For the Grizzlies it was their second win in three games. NMHU fell to 2-13 overall and 2-9 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play after being held scoreless a sixth consecutive match.

    ASC sophomore Jessica Hellweg and junior Ashley Grover got Adams State a two-goal lead by intermission.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumbs UP ... PUBLIC INFORMED. A little communication can go a long way — a truism that applies to movie projects in Las Vegas. “Due Date” starts filming Saturday in Las Vegas, and the producers have already put out public announcements about their schedule.

    This is thanks to new city requirements that notice be given to residents about filming. To their credit, officials appear to be following through on the rules drafted in the spring.

  • Letter: Ojitos Frios needs more than history

    Years ago, I was associated with a person who was forever justifying her powers of observation by testifying very loudly that she was always right about wrong things. I recently read the headline article in the Optic which cited State Engineer John D’Antonio’s comments regarding the “water situation” in the Ojitos Frios subdivision and other communities directly south of Taylor Well No. 4.  

  • Blaze put out on west side

    Las Vegas firefighters put out a blaze at a house on New Mexico Avenue last week.

    When the firefighters arrived Saturday morning at 2214 New Mexico Ave., they evacuated two people from the house, Fire Chief Phillip Mares said. The fire started in the attic and was mostly confined to that area, he said.

    “The firefighters saved most of the structure,” he said.

  • Remembering a fallen Vato

    The Vatos rugby club will play in the 40th annual High Desert Classic Rugby tournament this Saturday and Sunday in Albuquerque at Bullhead Park. The Vatos have won the tournament five times but none recently.

    Notably, the Vatos will enter both a college and a men’s side. The men’s team will have more than 25 NMHU alumni players from across the country. They have dedicated the tournament to their late Vato teammate and friend, Mike Esquibel, who died last January in a train accident in Las Vegas.