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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • 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.