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Today's News

  • Voters to decide on bond issues

    During Tuesday’s school board elections, voters will also decide on four-year general obligation bonds for infrastructure improvements.

    If approved, there would be no tax increases. However, if the bond issues fail, taxes will go down.

    The West Las Vegas School district is asking voters to approve a $5 million bond that would be in effect for four years, while at Las Vegas City Schools, the aggregate principal amount would not exceed $8 million.

  • DA eyes deal with inmate

    Gilberto Reyes has been in the county jail for 13 months without getting his day in court — and that has led some to question whether he is getting his constitutional right to a speedy trial.

    Now, the district attorney says his office is trying to find a way to resolve this case earlier than the trial scheduled for late February.

  • Elks sink Dons in OT thrill ride; Cards hold off Tigers

    Tom Nakotte swished a three-pointer with three seconds left in overtime Thursday night, nudging Pojoaque Valley past West Las Vegas 59-57.

    The rematch of last season’s Class 3A boys’ basketball state finalists was marked by strong runs and wild swings of momentum.

    On back-to-back threes by Adrian Rivera, the Dons closed the first quarter with an 8-0 run to go up 14-8. Rivera would finish with 26.

  • School board elections Tuesday

    Voters will go to the polls around the area Tuesday to vote in school board elections.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    For West Las Vegas, Michael Adams, David G. Romero and John Trujillo are vying for Position 4, while incumbent Christine Ludi is fending off three opponents for Position 5, Manuel Lucero, Jose Salazar and Yvette Arellanes.

    Longtime West board member Ralph Garcia isn’t running for another term.

  • College night draws record crowd

    A record crowd estimated at just over 500 people attended the 10th annual College Night last week to learn about making the successful transition to college life at New Mexico Highlands University or Luna Community College, primary sponsors for the event.

    Jenny Arguello of the Highlands recruitment office organized the event, noting there were also a record number of information tables, with each college staffing more than 40 tables.

  • COLUMN: Change to the better

    At first I resented the corporate executives for pushing the issue as they did. The Optic could best pull out of its slump, I argued, if we merged our newspaper and our website into a dynamic new product. But for reasons I still don’t understand, I was told it wasn’t that simple, that our new Web platform, with all its blemishes, had to stay.

    Meanwhile, the numbers were becoming increasingly clear: We would have to downsize or face a tenuous future.

  • East candidates differ from West’s

    Answers to a number of questions from Las Vegas City School’s board candidates were in stark contrast to their counterparts running for office in the West Las Vegas district.

    The biggest difference came with the often-asked question about administrative consolidation of the two districts. Most West candidates in a forum Tuesday said they do not support the idea, but East candidates said it was worth consideration. If it ever happened, it would most likely be the voters who would decide, most said.

  • COLUMN: Moving forward by looking back

    Hindsight is 20-20, as politicians who insist they want to move forward like to say.

    But sometimes it’s important to take a look back to see if some things could have been done better.

    Let’s hope Mayor Tony Marquez and the City Council do just that.

    In June, a City Council majority fired six of 10 department directors then immediately proceeded to hire a new city manager. In other words, the manager, Sharon Caballero, started with less than half of the city’s management team in place.

    Talk about a recipe for problems.

  • Mayor needs manager's help to fire Du Four

    If the City Council dismisses Utilities Director George Du Four, it’ll need to do it upon the recommendation of the city manager.

    That’s according to the city charter.

    Last week, Mayor Tony Marquez placed Du Four on unpaid leave until Wednesday’s City Council meeting, in which he said the council would decide whether to keep the director.

    Marquez has not stated the reasons for his action, either to the public or the council members themselves.

  • Fourth-ranked Lopers drop Cowboys in dual

    Facing the fourth-ranked wrestling team in the nation (NCAA Division II), the Highlands Cowboys took their lumps on Thursday evening in Kearney, Neb.

    No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney prevailed 41-9, with the Cowboys’ only wins at 197 and heavyweight. Luke McPeek pinned eighth-ranked Matt Farrell in 48 seconds, turning a reversal into a fall. Farrell led 4-1 when he took McPeek down with 2:18 left in the opening period. But McPeek reversed and got the Loper onto his back.