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Today's News

  • Golf team qualifies

    Robertson’s girls’ golf team qualified its second leg (of three) for the 2010 state tournament by winning the Sandia Prep Invite this past week in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals had a 395 team score, led by Jamie Allen (who shot a 91) and Jayme Quintana (95) to place third and fourth, respectively. Allen and Quintana also qualified their second leg individually.

  • Bean Day rodeo winners honored

    Bean Day and the rodeo that accompanies it are always a big deal in Wagon Mound and northeastern New Mexico. But this year’s rodeo kicked up even more dust than usual.

    “This year’s (rodeo) was one of the largest,” said Ron Luebke, secretary of the Wagon Mound Bean Day Association, in a news release submitted to the Optic. “Three action-packed days with 467 competitors. So winning a buckle was no easy chore.”

  • Man got in trouble with law before

    A man accused in a murder last week was charged with severely beating up another man a few years ago, but the case was dismissed.

    In the latest case, Louie Bena-videz, 54, was charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Kevin Duran, 32, 814 Chavez St.

    Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, Las Vegas police received a call about a shooting at Duran’s house. Duran was taken to the hospital by others, and he died soon after.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said his department was trying to determine the motivation behind the shooting.

  • Las Vegas gets a labyrinth

    A labyrinth is being created in the yard of St. Paul’s Peace Church in Las Vegas. The labyrinth was commissioned by St. Paul’s Peace Church pastor John Ridder as a memorial for his late wife, Jane A. Ridder.

    It is being constructed by his son, John E. Ridder, in conjunction with  Gaye Goodman of Faux Real, a company specializing in the acid staining of concrete, and Sean Medrano of Northeastern Construction, who did the actual concrete work.

  • Editorial: Too many homicides

    Once upon a time, Las Vegas wore the infamous nickname Smack City, USA for the heroin trafficking in our city. Now we run the risk of being known as the small-town murder capitol of the nation.

    Since May 2007, there have been 11 homicides in and around Las Vegas. David Seiler, John Paul Gonzales, Manuel Ramirez, Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz, José Apodaca, Jasmine Garcia, Timoteo Jaramillo, Terry Greer, and, this month, Ernest Gutierrez and Kevin Duran — all died at the hands of another person.

  • Residents want emergency declaration

    A group of landowners is requesting that Gov. Bill Richardson declare a state of emergency in an area southwest of Las Vegas because 16 homes are now without water.

    The group is blaming the city of Las Vegas’ intensive pumping at Taylor Wells as the reason for residents’ water problems.

    El Creston Domestic Water Community Association, which represents the Ojitos Frios subdivision and other areas southwest of town, is asking the governor to enlist the National Guard to provide a short-term source of potable water.

  • Sheriff's deputy accused in attack

    A San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy is accused of attacking a man in his house earlier this month, but the sheriff is calling the charges false.

    Inez Bolivar, 29, 2405 Sagebrush, was never taken to jail for the felony domestic violence charges, which is unusual in such cases.

    Bolivar, who became a deputy three months ago, also votes with the City Council on housing issues as the representative of public housing residents. The council unanimously supported her for that position a couple of months ago.

  • Saturday detention planned at school

    Oh, no, not Saturday school!

    Yes, it’s official. West Las Vegas Middle School students will now be required to attend school on Saturday for discipline purposes.

    The school may not be all that bad. Remember the 1985 John Hughes classic, “Breakfast Club” where five students meet in Saturday detention and discover they have more in common than they thought?

    Principal Steve Sandoval told the school board last week that sometimes noon detention is not sufficient.

  • DAVE'S DRIVE-IN: 'Varsity Blues' may have you feeling blue

    There are low-brow B movies dressed up as sports cinema, and then there is a real fumble like “Varsity Blues.”

    A 1999 film written by W. Peter Iliff and directed by Brian Robbins, “Varsity Blues” chronicles what would happen if “Mutiny on the Bounty” met “Friday Night Lights,” except with far inferior character development, plot, dialogue, etc.

  • RHS golfers win in LA

    With a team championship and a score of 395, Robertson’s girls’ golf team has qualified its first of three legs necessary to make the state tournament.

    The Lady Cardinals took first place at the Los Alamos Invitational on Sept. 21. The team is five players deep with Jayme Quintana, Jamie Allen, Nina Martinez, Shannon Lopez and Karlee Bradley.

    Quintana shot a 91, placing second individually; Allen had a 93 for a fifth-place finish. Both players also received a first individual leg for state.