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Today's News

  • Mayor: No inquiry into leaks

    The city attorney may be interested in pursuing a “leak” of city e-mails, but Mayor Tony Marquez is not.

    Marquez told the Optic in an e-mail Thursday that the e-mails should have been released under the state Inspection of Public Records Act. Marquez also said he drafted a new policy in early September in response to concerns raised by the state’s attorney general.

  • ADA upgrades planned

    The mayor’s ADA committee, a group of volunteers appointed by the mayor, helps the city with compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The group also serves to address the needs of citizens with disabilities and to increase awareness in our community of the issues of handicapped people.

  • East beats West in soccer, volleyball

    Robertson picked up bragging rights with wins over West Las Vegas in soccer and volleyball this past Thursday.

    The RHS boys’ soccer team, a favorite to regain the district title, sailed to a 10-0 win at RHS Field.

    Henry Robertson’s hat trick, including the Cardinals’ fourth goal and the first two of the second half, was just the latest highlight in a strong season for the RHS junior.

    Also scoring for the Redbird kickers: Keen Martinez, Jalen Martinez, Justin Abreu, Isaac Hidalgo, Charlie Armijo and Aaron Padilla.

  • Letter: Why fix what isn't broken?

    I have no reason to doubt that Las Vegas Mayor (Tony) Marquez’s “intentions are clean and good,” as a city councilor attests, when he advocates that Las Vegas City Council meetings begin with a prayer. However, I do wonder if his intentions aren’t misguided.  The council already makes a moment of silence available for meeting goers to pray or not, as they choose. Why narrow their choices to a ceremony that may not reflect their religious beliefs, or their desire not to believe in a god?

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Prep spikers look sharper

    West Las Vegas volleyball scored a key district win Saturday, while Robertson’s spikers put a scare into top-ranked Pojoaque on the road.

    WLV defeated visiting Santa Fe Indian 25-19, 18-25, 25-14, 25-14. The Lady Braves are the No. 6 team in Class 3A — and the ninth ranked team West has played to date.

    In Jacona, No. 1 Pojoaque held off No. 3 RHS 25-13, 25-20, 21-25, 26-24. It was a considerably better show than an Oct. 1 sweep by the Elkettes over a shorthanded Lady Card group.

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  • No. 3 Horsemen win messy

    There have been some ugly moments in the long rivalry between West Las Vegas and St. Michael’s, and Saturday’s football game had a few to spare.

    St. Mike’s, the third-ranked team in Class 3A, won 42-6 to keep pace with Raton, a 48-12 victor over Pojoaque, in District 2-3A. WLV fell to 2-6 and 0-2 in district.

    For the Horsemen, the problem Saturday was penalties. Twice, they had scoring plays negated because of yellow flags, and the offense backed itself up repeatedly because of such miscues.

  • County puts liens on properties

    San Miguel County plans to slap liens on more than 100 properties for unpaid solid waste bills.

    Last week, the San Miguel County Commission voted to authorize its staff to file the liens, with officials calling the measure a “last resort.” Some of the unpaid bills go back a decade.

    Commission Chairman David Salazar said the county has been dealing with the issue for years.

  • Letter: AARP members visit patients

    The local AARP Chapter of AARP No. 3258 members spent a day of service with patients on Sept. 11.

    Rosie Armijo played the piano and accordion as she also had a sing-along. Her music brought out the spirit and joy in all of us.

    Another activity which brought out excitement in the patients was the selection of their choice for a hygiene product. AARP members bring hygiene products to the monthly meetings and they are taken to the nursing home for distribution.

  • County handles road dispute

    The County Commission this week agreed to abandon a mile of road in the Ribera area — a move that angered nearby residents who contended they needed it for access.

    After an hour of discussion, the commission voted to vacate one mile of the more than four-mile-long County Road B-41-E, which is in the area of the Corruco Bridge.

  • Luna official alleged to have hit teen

    Luna Community College Trustee Ambrose Castellano is under investigation for allegedly throwing a punch at a teenager during last week’s West Las Vegas football game.

    According to a Las Vegas police report, witnesses told officers that Castellano, 37, yelled at the 17-year-old victim and then punched him in the face. The incident allegedly took place near the concession stand.

    The alleged victim told officers that Castellano asked him if he had been “messing” with Castellano’s teen son. Both teens reportedly had had an ongoing feud for years.