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Today's News

  • Remembering a fallen Vato

    The Vatos rugby club will play in the 40th annual High Desert Classic Rugby tournament this Saturday and Sunday in Albuquerque at Bullhead Park. The Vatos have won the tournament five times but none recently.

    Notably, the Vatos will enter both a college and a men’s side. The men’s team will have more than 25 NMHU alumni players from across the country. They have dedicated the tournament to their late Vato teammate and friend, Mike Esquibel, who died last January in a train accident in Las Vegas.

  • Robertson golfers first in own event

    A pair of first-place finishes was the reward for a strong Robertson High effort in the Meadow City Golf Invitational held Monday at the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Robertson’s girls shot “extremely well” in the words of coach Gene Gurule. The Lady Cardinals posted a state-qualifying team score of 377, also good for first place.  

    This gives the Lady Cardinals their final team-qualifying leg for state competition this coming spring.

  • Longtime leader dies at 84

    Ray Leger, a former state senator and West Las Vegas schools superintendent, died Tuesday. He was 84.

    Leger, who had been ill for some months, is believed to be the superintendent with the longest reign in northern Mexico. He served in the 1960s and 1970s.

    “That’s a job that is hard to hold for that long,” local attorney Jesus Lopez, a former West board member, said during Wednesday’s County Commission meeting.  “He was quite an educator. He worked hand in hand with Tiny Martinez (longtime local leader) in building West.”

  • 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.