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Today's News

  • Tigers, Eagles win XC Jam

    Los Lunas’ girls and Belen’s boys dominated the field in Saturday morning’s Meadow City Cross Country Jam held at a sun-splashed Rodriguez Park.

    For local schools Robertson and West Las Vegas, the meet was seen as more of a chance to get younger runners some experience — and at least in the WLV girls’ case — allowing some depth to shine through.

    Pecos, a regular in the Las Vegas meet, had a good day, placing third in the boys’ varsity race behind Belen and Peñasco.

  • Leader: Most want easing of dress code

    If you like a good argument, all you have to do is get in the middle of a discussion about dress codes that are in place at area schools.

    After Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero said at a earlier meeting that he opposed dress codes, he promised school board members that he would survey middle school parents on the issue.

    Romero went through the unscientific survey where respondents were pretty much split on whether a dress code is necessary or if they thought the code prevents problems. 

  • Official criticizes utilities audit

    A city councilman on Wednesday criticized an audit into credits for utilities bills, calling it inadequate and urging the city to finish the job itself.

    Earlier this month, State Auditor Hector Balderas approved the audit, which was performed by Albuquerque-based Accounting and Consulting Group. But City Councilman Morris Madrid said the audit left many questions unanswered.

    In particular, Madrid questioned whether the auditing firm interviewed key people involved in an $81,000 credit for Luna Community College’s natural gas bill.

  • Cougars edge Cowgirls 2-1

    The Highlands Cowgirls fought back from a 2-0 halftime deficit Sunday but the rally fell short in a 2-1 loss to visiting Colorado Christian.

    NMHU is 1-6 overall and 1-2 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. CCU is 5-0-1 and 2-0.

    The Cougars struck early in the match when Mallorie Kenczewicz scored in the fifth minute. Jessica Smith added a goal at the 22:35 mark, and that would hold for the halftime score.

  • Stories differ in dog bite case

    A victim in a local dog bite incident said the city is lying to protect a prominent family. Her account, and the city’s, differ strongly.

    On Aug. 21, Deborah Barrera was walking her dogs down Seventh Street. That much Barrera and the city agree on.

    But from that point on, versions of events differ. Barrera, in an interview with the Optic, said that a bull mastiff owned by Carlos Sandoval charged through an open gate, attacking Barrera’s terrier and biting her hand when she attempted to intervene.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb DOWN for ... A SECRET TRUTH? Roberta Vigil, the former head of West Las Vegas’ bilingual trial, got her day in court when the state charged her with fraudulently spending public money. She was represented by one of New Mexico’s best attorneys, Sam Bregman. After a week-long trial earlier this year, the jury found her guilty. That’s the way the system works.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Cards skin Tigers; Dons avoid shutout at Cobre

    Robertson pitched a shutout Friday night, downing Taos 44-0 for a homecoming victory that squared the Cardinals' record at 2-2. RHS next visits Ruidoso to continue its non-district slate.

    Meanwhile, in Bayard, West Las Vegas scored a late touchdown to prevent a shutout at the hands of host Cobre. The Indians prevailed 45-6. WLV plays at Santa Fe Indian this coming week.

    New Mexico Highlands hosts Adams State at 6 p.m. Saturday, a rare evening game as the Cowboys seek their first win of the season.

  • Sierra Vista Elementary may be demolished

    Sierra Vista Elementary is a relatively new building, but it’s No. 40 on a state list of buildings to be demolished.

    Also, at Robertson High School, the boiler is old, with dangerous cracks that could cause an explosion, officials say.

    Regarding conditions at Sierra Vista, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero said that during the spring, inspectors from the state Public School Facilities Authority spent quite a bit of time surveying the school’s deteriorating roof.

  • 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.”