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Today's News

  • Letter: An intelligent expenditure?

    The city of Las Vegas hires an outside attorney to serve as the city attorney. The person hired (Carlos Quiñones) is not local. His office is in Santa Fe and from what I read and hear he is paid on a fee basis — time and expense. The Optic indicates Mr. Quiñones was paid the sum of $147,000 last year and this compares with $80,000 paid to the previous city attorney for the period of one year.

  • Marquez seeks prayer at meetings

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez’s newest proposal may have a prayer.

    For years, the City Council has called for a moment of silence near the beginning of meetings. Now, the mayor wants a prayer and invocation in addition to the moment of silence.

    The council’s agenda for last week’s meeting included the prayer, but Marquez said he wanted the council to vote on the issue before it begins its public prayers.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said only two New Mexico cities have prayers during meetings — one of them being Clovis.

  • East-West soccer, volleyball Thursday

    Get ready, Meadow City sports fans.

    The East-West game is Thursday. Actually, make that TWO East-West games that day.

    While it’s true the fabled Vegas Bowl — the annual football clash between Robertson and West Las Vegas — won’t take place until Saturday, Nov. 7, Thursday will provide ample opportunity to choose red or green.

    First, Robertson’s boys’ soccer team plays host to West Las Vegas in the second of their two meetings this season. Kickoff is 4 p.m. at RHS Field.

  • Teen arrested in girl's death

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A teen from Las Vegas has been arrested in the death of a girl found unresponsive in a parking lot in Colorado.

    Adams County sheriff's officials say 18-year-old Joseph Daniel Mascarenas is being held for investigation of second-degree murder. His bond was set at $100,000.

  • Who leaked public records?

    The city attorney is taking another swipe at whoever released e-mails to the Optic — despite the state attorney general’s finding that those e-mails were public record.

    City Attorney Carlos Quiñones, in a two-page Oct. 5 memo labeled confidential to the mayor, the City Council and the city manager, contended that the release of the e-mails to the Optic was a “clear breach of the confidentiality provision” of the governing body’s Code of Professional Ethics.

  • Editorial: Involve the council

    Las Vegas attorney Dave Romero had much criticism of the proposed city charter, which would essentially be the constitution for municipal government. The city is seeking public input on the document.

    The Charter Commission is proposing that the council have involvement in the hiring and firing of top officials. But Romero argues that this would be a mistake. He said the people elect mayors to get things done and that mayors need to have officials on board with their agendas. Therefore, appointment powers should rest solely with mayors, he said.

  • RMAC teams rate among best in nation

    Several of New Mexico Highlands University’s league rivals are rated among the elite teams in NCAA Division II.

    Six of the top 10 women’s soccer teams in the region hail from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. No. 1 Metro State (11-1) visits Highlands this Sunday afternoon. The others are No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, No. 4 Fort Lewis, No. 5 Regis, No. 7 Mesa State and No. 9 Colorado Christian.

  • Valley spikers go undefeated

    Thirteen middle school student-athletes from Sena, Bernal, Ribera, Gonzales Ranch, Curuco, Villanueva, San Jose and Ancon did what many thought was unthinkable this past volleyball season — going undefeated — winning 14 consecutive games for the Valley Middle School Roadrunners.

  • Ortzow, Hutchinson, Maestas shine in Jaguar Invite

    Amanda Ortzow’s 18th place individual finish was a highlight of Saturday’s Jaguar Invitational cross country meet hosted by Capital High School in Santa Fe.

    The West Las Vegas junior had a time of 21:32 in the girls’ varsity race.

    Kaitlin Hutchinson won the girls’ junior varsity race with a time of 22:22, pacing the Robertson Lady Cardinals to a fourth place team result. RHS teammate Heather Aragon joined her in the top 10 (10th, 23:54).

  • Mil Gracias

    We would like to thank Mike Melton and the Bank of Las Vegas and Keith Tucker and Community First Bank for their continued support and contributions to the staff and students of West Las Vegas Middle School.