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Today's News

  • Ex baseball player on trial

    No one disagrees that the state police found 420 pounds of marijuana in a truck driven by Gilberto Reyes in December 2007.

    But the defense and the state part ways when it comes to whether Reyes, a Dominican Republic native, knew about the drugs.

    Monday was the first day of Reyes’ jury trial in state District Court for a charge of distribution of drugs.

    Reyes is a former professional baseball player who has been in the San Miguel County jail for 14 months awaiting trial. He couldn’t make bail.

  • 100 more jobs in Las Vegas projected

    Las Vegas’ main economic development organization is projecting that the community will see nearly 100 new jobs this year.

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation presented its quarterly report to the City Council last week.

    According to the report, the Results-Las Vegas call center is expected to hire 50 to 75 more people this year. In 2008, its first year in business in Las Vegas, the center hired more than 170 employees.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP 2: Details make the difference for local teams

    Every point was crucial, says head coach Richard Martinez, in Robertson's 12th district wrestling championship victory.

  • LETTER: Rep. Garcia turned against a good bill

    The Health Security Act is New Mexico’s answer to unaffordable health care in New Mexico. It offers health coverage for all New Mexicans and at less cost than that of the present terrible system. Some people doubt this is possible so the plan is phased in over three years. If the numbers do not work out during the design and implementation phase, the program can be stopped.

  • COLUMN: Why so much coverage?

    Someone asked me the other day why the Optic gave more coverage to this month’s ouster of Utilities Director George Du Four than it did the six department directors fired by the City Council last summer.

    It’s true; the mass dismissals didn’t get as much attention.

    Why is that the case? Were we fair?

  • Program offered to West Students

    The West Las Vegas district is once again making available a summer program to younger students. It runs from July to August.

    The Kindergarten to 3 Plus Program is in its second year. The purpose of the K-3 Plus Program is to provide students entering kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade a head start on the regular school year by giving them 25 additional days of instruction in reading, math and other subject areas.

  • Lady Dons get even at RHS

    Last time these teams met — 11 days hence, to be exact — Robertson played every bit the spoiler, hanging around all game and then grabbing a big road win in the closing seconds.

    This time around, West Las Vegas’ girls did enough to prevent a repeat of that Feb. 5 result. And the Lady Cardinals’ poor shooting certainly played a role as well.

  • Campos silent on partnership bill

    State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, last year announced that he would support a domestic partnerships bill.

    Now it’s uncertain whether he will stick to that position.

    In an interview with the New Mexico Independent last week, Campos wouldn’t say how he would stand on domestic partnerships, which would extend many of the rights of married couples to same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

    Campos hasn’t returned the Optic’s calls on the issue over the last week.

  • Cowboy sluggers take two of three in Hobbs

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys went 2-1 in their weekend baseball series at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs.

    Highlands won the first game 16-2, lost the second game 13-11 and closed out the series with a win of 12-1. The Cowboys are now 6-5 on the season and have yet to start Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

     

    For more on the series, please see Tuesday's print version of the Optic.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cardinal wrestlers win 12th district title

    Five individual championships and two runner-up finishes helped the Robertson Cardinals run their string of district wrestling championships to an even dozen Saturday in Tucumcari.

    “Every wrestler stepped up thsi weekend and played a role,” said head coach Richard Martinez, who has presided over most of the team’s successful run.