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Today's News

  • Put best seats up for grabs, say 2 officials

    As part of its deal with the city of Las Vegas, a boxing promoter will give the city eight ringside seats and 30 general admission seats for the planned Holly Holm fight in September.

    Should the community expect to see the politically connected in the choice seats?

    Absolutely not, if some city officials get their way.

    Councilman Morris Madrid, a boxing fan, said he thinks the city should raffle off the seats and let the proceeds go to some good cause such as a homeless shelter. He said city officials shouldn’t be eligible.

  • LETTER: Farmington still has farming

    In a recent letter to the editor, Kathleen Dudley from Ocate cited Farmington as an area devastated by the oil and gas industry. She speculates that Farmington was “most likely” a farming area which is now “vastly industrialized with... (no) sound of roosters crowing, or sight of a herd of sheep, or acequias open, flooding fields of alfalfa.”

    I am puzzled and can only conclude that we see what we want to see. The last time I was in Farmington, I saw all the above (though I didn’t hear a rooster crow).

  • Abreu looks at rule for coaches

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu is looking at the possibility of contracts with new coaches stipulating that if they’re fired as coaches, they lose their teaching positions as well.

    However, the West school board seems skeptical of the idea.

    Abreu said he was looking at a policy used by other school districts called the “Farmington Clause.”

  • LETTER: Use of the word jihad inappropriate

    I picked up your July 6-7 issue of the Optic and was upset by the use of the word “jihad” in (David Giuliani’s column) “It’s hard to say no to a boss.”

    In recent years the media has used the term jihad to push anti-Islamic sentiment. When used in the context printed in the article, it undermines the progress being made by Muslims, to mend the differences of between the various faiths.

  • North vs. South

    For one last time, Kristen Encinias will play basketball for coach Jose “Majic” Medina.

    As West Las Vegas’ girls’ coach, Medina will undoubtedly miss Encinias’ dependable performance in the paint, her steady free throw shooting and her leadership in the locker room when the Lady Dons open camp this coming season.

    But the two will team up once more on Friday night, wearing the red of the Class 3A North All-Stars instead of the green and gold of WLV.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The SynergyFest committee wishes to thank the many businesses, organizations and individuals who helped to make this year’s fest a success. The fest drew over 500 attendees who talked with our exhibitors, attended workshops, and listened to music. The Sunshine Kids Village, sponsored by Amigos de Rio Gallinas School offered children’s games, crafts and other activities.

  • LVLL minors Red Sox, Kryptonite rally for exciting wins

    It’s human nature to love a thriller. You are not alone if the baseball of this past weekend made you want to scream. It wasn’t bad, you know it, and if you were there, you might long remember the time...

    LVLL minors championship:

    Red Sox 7, Yankees 6

    As regular-season champs, the Sox were favored in this one, but the Yanks came out on a tear. Beginning with a run by Elena Archuleta, they struck for a 3-0 lead midway through the first. And they led 6-1 through three frames.

  • Holm slated to fight in town Sept. 5

    Albuquerque pro boxer Holly Holm may be coming to Las Vegas, with some help from the city.

    On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council approved a request from Fresquez Productions for $15,000 to help sponsor a Holm fight set for early September. Her rival hasn’t been announced.

    The money will come from a portion the city’s lodger’s taxes, which are assessed to motel bills.

    The council voted 3-1 for the $15,000; Councilwoman Diane Moore dissented. Moore said she would rather the issue go through the lodger's tax board first.

  • EDITORIAL: Romero should remain on the job

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero faces a misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect to law enforcement authorities, as do Athletic Director Mike Yara, former football coach Ray Woods and two former assistant coaches.

    The district attorney’s office alleges that these men failed to notify authorities about allegations that football players sodomized their teammates with broomsticks during a football camp last year.

  • WLV's Armijo wrestles for Team New Mexico

    John Armijo started his summer in Orlando, but he wasn’t there to check out Disney World.

    Armijo, who graduated from West Las Vegas in May, was the lone representative of Class 3A on an all-New Mexico wrestling team that competed in the Amateur Athletic Union Scholastic Nationals, a duals tournament hosted by Disney’s Wide World of Sports facility.