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Today's News

  • 2009-10 OPTIC POWER PICKS OFFICIAL STANDINGS

    FINAL STANDINGS:

    justin rice 206

    martin duran 204

    randy barron 201

    stephen aragon 200

    arturo padilla jr. 200

    tom mc donald 199

    keith morris 198

    art abreu 197

    leonard sandoval 197

    geri chavez 195 (2008-09 LEAGUE CHAMP)

    robert loera 195

    george apodaca 194

    edwardo atencio 193

    gerald garcia 193

    dina chavez 192

    john abreu 191

    nicholas aragon 190

    ray parks 190

    adam romero 190

    shannon aragon 189

    grady barrens 189

  • Council debates conservation

    In a split decision, the City Council last week voted to take the next step toward enacting an updated water conservation ordinance.

    One council member argued that the proposed law would be burdensome for residents. But another countered that it was needed to ensure an adequate water supply.

    At issue was the part of the ordinance requiring water-conserving plumbing. The proposed ordinance would mandate that all nonresidential water users retrofit their buildings with low-water-use fixtures.

  • West board ousts superintendent

    Shortly before midnight Thursday, a majority of the West Las Vegas school board voted down a new contract for Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    That means he will be leaving at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.

    The board voted 3-2 against renewing its contract with Abreu, a former Highlands University education dean who has served as superintendent for the last three years. Board members Caroline Lopez, Kenny Lujan and David Romero opposed renewing Abreu’s contract, while Christine Ludi and Gary Gold supported the superintendent.

  • FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: West district votes down superintendent; board member explains vote against Abreu

    Shortly before midnight Thursday, a majority of the West Las Vegas school board voted down a new contract for Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    That means he will be leaving at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.

    The board voted 3-2 against renewing its contract with Abreu, a former Highlands University education dean who has served as superintendent for the last three years. Board members Caroline Lopez, Kenny Lujan and David Romero opposed renewing Abreu's contract, while Christine Ludi and Gary Gold supported the superintendent.

  • Plenty of competition in races

    San Miguel and Mora counties will have their share of competitive races in the June 1 Democratic primary.

    San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil is fending off four opponents in the Democratic primary — Las Vegas police detective Roy Pacheco, Las Vegas police Officer Clarence Romero, former Las Vegas Officer Joseph Santillanes and Ben J. Lujan.

  • Outlaws jam Sting

    The Las Vegas Outlaws football team evened its spring season record at 1-1 over the weekend with a 14-0 road shutout of the Santa Fe Sting.

    The Outlaws, who heretofore played most home games at New Mexico Highlands University’s Perkins Stadium, will host the Taylor Ranch Trojans this Sunday at West Las Vegas’ Herrera Complex.

    Rashaad Jackson rushed for 150 yards and a 5-yard touchdown this past weekend to lead Las Vegas past the Sting.

  • Letter: County road crew doing good job

    I want to express thanks to the San Miguel County Road Department for clearing the roads of snow this winter, especially County Road A18A, which is one of the worst unpaved roads.

    Thanks to County Manager Les Montoya and the entire Road Department’s crew and staff, including road foreman Daniel Encinias and Toby Medina, Rudy Salazar and Michael Vigil, among others.

    The crew was even out on Feb. 25 at 5:50 a.m. clearing the road through my place when it was 16 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit).

    Their work is greatly appreciated!

    Dorothy Simpson

  • Cowboys up to 11th

    Fresh off a series win over league rival Metropolitan State College of Denver — and a No. 11 national ranking by one notable baseball publication — the New Mexico Highlands University baseball team has solidified its hold on first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    NMHU will host Colorado State-Pueblo beginning with a nine-inning game 3 p.m. Friday at Brandt Park.

  • Letter: Catholic Church given by Christ

    The spirit of the Lenten Season appears to affect people in strange, even vengeful ways. In a Feb. 26 letter to the editor, a supposedly man of the cloth “Man of God” chose to attack the Catholic church, Catholic people and Catholic traditions in general.

    If minister Neal Abott, Eastside Church of Christ, had his way, no religion could or should respect any of their own traditions, merely read the Bible and form whatever conclusions they chose to.

  • Letter: Making a mess of Alamo Street

    The City of Las Vegas claims, as printed by the Optic on Monday, “Residents contend that the city has torn up the street more than once. But city officials said the city hasn’t done anything over again on Alamo. They said a contractor did some patchwork paving before a previous winter.”