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Today's News

  • RHS spikers sharp again

    Second place, 2009 Zia Classic, Roswell.

    Second place, 2009 Tournament of Champions, Santa Fe.

    Make room for those trophies in the case of the Robertson High volleyball team, which already has a couple of pretty ones, both in the school color of red, no less, on display.

    Those would be the runner-up trophies for the 2007 and ‘08 Class 3A state tournaments.

  • Mora County loses its manager

    The Mora County government is in a familiar position -- without a county manager.

    John Garcia resigned after four months in that job, a day after the Sept. 8 meeting of the Mora County Commission.

    He said he and the commission had a difference in opinions and management styles.

    “Maybe they weren’t happy; maybe I wasn’t happy,” he said this week.

    Garcia, a Mora County resident for the last decade, said he didn’t want to be negative about his departure, saying “there isn’t anything negative.”

  • Los Alamos nips Robertson in volleyball

    In making it to two championship games and one of the best records in Class 3A, Robertson has played some riveting volleyball this season. But the decisive fifth set Tuesday night against 4A power Los Alamos may have been the most exciting finish to date.

  • Meadow City Jam in town Saturday

    Robertson and West Las Vegas cross country teams will be showcased at home for the only time this regular season on Saturday, when the Meadow City Cross Country Jam takes place in town.

    The meet begins at 9 a.m. at the course, with RHS the official host.

    Freshman Brian Maestas, who paced the Cardinal boys in Taos a couple weeks back, is among the early leaders on the guys’ side.

    West Las Vegas has had depth issues on the boys’ side, but Jordan Lopez is another leader, fresh off a fifth-place finish (17:40) at West Mesa’s meet.

  • Three firefighters recognized for service

    If you’re the one whose life or property is saved, it is a big deal. But there are those who work in jobs where saving life, limb and an occasional cat stranded in a tree is pretty much normal and routine duty.    

    Since it’s their job to look out for the welfare and well-being of their community, Las Vegas firefighters were wondering what all the fuss was about after administering life- saving CPR to a heart attack victim.  

  • Letter: Make Congress accountable

    Insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and other medical interest groups such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, New York Life Insurance, Schering-Plough, and Amegen stand to make billions of dollars if health care reform legislation is stopped or public option is omitted from the legislation. Some of these corporations have contributed millions of dollars to several key politicians in key committees in return for political favors. To name a few key politicians that have received sizable political donations: Sen.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Tag -- you're it!

    Three letters — t -a -g-, and a myriad of meanings. Language is so fascinating; if one allows him/herself to think about it — randomly or rationally, the result is often overwhelming.

    For some reason, the word “tag” crossed my mind as I drove in to town to do my daily chores — to check the mail, pick up a thing or two at the grocery store, check in at the Optic for the latest developments. Before I realized, tag became an obsession and, like a brain worm, kept coming back to haunt me.

  • Work of Art: Giving, getting a fair shake

    Panhandling used to be the exception; now it’s epidemic. Sure, we all get used to seeing the occasional person holding up a building, or at a traffic light, holding up a cardboard sign containing a plea and a blessing. But it seems to have become big business.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the Las Vegas Children’s Dance Theater, a mil gracias to the following individuals who donated artworks, services and other items of value for our successful silent auction at our recent performance at Ilfeld Auditorium: Sandi Ault, Rebecca Bourbon, Tito Chávez, Louise Cordova, Steve Ediger, Ray Finck (Ray’s Woodworks), Percyne Gardner, Cristina Gonzales, Andrea Gottschalk (Unikat Fine Jewelry), Susan Hayes, Vince and Vicki Howell, Susan Livermore, Caetano Mendoza, Mary Miller, Julianne Salman, Karen Spitzer, Sharon Seto, Christopher Thomson, Susan West and M

  • Editorial: Controls needed

    The city’s billing department has lacked good internal controls — something on which everyone involved seems to agree.

    According to a recent audit, nearly 90 percent of transactions in the billing office come without all of the required documentation. Out of 100 receipts, the auditors couldn’t match 57 of them to corresponding deposit slips. Twenty-three of the receipts involved cash, but auditors stated that they couldn’t verify if any of them were ever deposited.