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Today's News

  • No-bid process divides board

    The West Las Vegas school board has approved a request for a new fire alarm system at Armijo Elementary, but one member dissented, objecting that the district wouldn’t be going out to bid for the project.

    Jerry Maestas, the district’s construction manager, said even though bond money had been approved for an upgrade and the system had been functioning, it’s slowly got to the point where it needs to be replaced. 

  • Cops take court Thursday night

    A number of the Meadow City’s finest will be lacing up their sneakers for a good cause this Thursday night.

    Las Vegas Police Department representatives will take on counterparts from the New Mexico State Police in a basketball game that tips off at 6 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Admission to witness this contest is $1.

  • RMAC names soccer sites

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Metropolitan State College of Denver will host the 2009 RMAC Women’s Soccer Tournament November 6-8. The Roadrunners lead the RMAC with a 13-0-0 record.

    Meanwhile, Fort Lewis College in Durango will host the 2009 RMAC Men’s Soccer Tournament Nov. 6-8 at Dirks Field. The Skyhawks lead the RMAC with a 10-0-0 record.

  • As It Is: Arguments aren't new

    If Las Vegas attorney Dave Romero had lived in the late 1700s, he likely would have been a follower of Alexander Hamilton, who supported a strong executive and central government.

    By the same token, Las Vegas’ Charter Commission would likely have fallen behind Thomas Jefferson, who advocated the spreading of power.

    A couple of weeks ago, Romero criticized the work of the commission, a city-appointed panel charged with drafting a new charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution. The current charter is nearly 40 years old.

  • Editorial: Where is the logic?

    Two weeks ago, Las Vegas City Attorney Carlos Quiñones declared that the release of city e-mails to the Optic was a “breach of confidentiality.”

    These were the same e-mails that the state attorney general had already deemed to be public record. And the same ones that Mayor Tony Marquez himself already released, prompted by the AG’s legal opinion.

    But Quiñones is defying logic. He asked the mayor and the City Council in a confidential memo about what the city should do about this “breach.”

  • Redbirds outlast No. 5 Warriors

    Dalan Abreu and Daniel Martinez scored touchdowns as Robertson slipped past Socorro 20-13 on Friday night.

    It was a major non-district win for the Cardinals and coach Richard Martinez. Socorro entered the weekend ranked fifth in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll for Class 3A football.

    The competitiveness of the game harkened back to another memorable Cards-Warriors meeting — in the 2006 state playoffs, when RHS squeaked out a 21-14 decision en route to a championship.

  • Wolves run by 'Pokes

    Colorado State-Pueblo running back Jamaal Johnson gained 131 rushing yards on 18 carries Saturday night at Perkins Stadium, almost singlehandedly matching the New Mexico Highlands’ offensive total (153).

    Johnson was one of seven CSUP players to gain positive yardage on the ground, helping the ThunderWolves pile up 269 rushing yards in a 35-7 win.

    The Wolves evened their overall record at 4-4 and their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference mark at 3-3; Highlands is 0-8, 0-6.

  • Details emerge of hours before death

    Las Vegan Chriselda Lopez says she was the only witness to her friend’s death in Colorado last week, other than her boy-friend, who has been charged.

    At first, Joseph Daniel Mascarenas, 18, of Las Vegas was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his sister, 16-year-old runaway, Destiney Monique Mondragon.

    But authorities in Adams County, which is part of suburban Denver, downgraded the charge to second-degree assault. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office wouldn’t provide an immediate explanation for that decision.

  • Math and science center started

    Highlands University’s refurbished engineering building on 11th Street will go a long way in helping students who often struggle with math and science, officials say.

    “This is going to be a building that’s really going to help our students learn to some basic math and science skills, and go on to better their lives.,” said Bill Taylor, the university’s vice president for finance and administration.

  • 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.