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Today's News

  • A parade of Cardinal spirit

    In the Robertson homecoming parade contest, the senior class’ “Cardinal Thriller” float took first, the sophomores’ “Kiss” came in second and the juniors’ float finished third. Others floats were the class of 1958 and Legion Elementary. Among bands, Robertson and West Las Vegas tied for first, with Memorial Middle School finishing second.

  • A New Deal for Las Vegas

    Wall street in tatters. Bank failures, right and left. Foreclosures. Drought. A time of financial crisis.

    While this may sound as current as the morning news, it was also the dawn of the Great Depression.

    In 1929, the U.S. economy tanked. Bankers and stockbrokers were diving out of windows. Farmers lost their farms and city folk lost their homes to foreclosure. It was a terrible time, and it seemed there would be no end to it. But in 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office — and FDR had a New Deal for America.

  • Cheaper fuel now available at City Hall station

    The compressed natural gas station at City Hall is once again up and running, but residents are encouraging the city to lower its prices.

    At this week’s City Council meeting, Karen Plagge, who uses the cheaper and cleaner fuel in her car, said the price for the gas is $2.23 a gallon in Santa Fe, less than than the $2.99 in Las Vegas. While Las Vegas’ price is less than gasoline, it will be hard for the city station to compete with the City Different, she said.

    The city is planning to advertise its station on billboards and the Internet.

  • Hospital budget picture brighter

    The state hospital recently warned its employees that the organization is facing financial difficulties because of rising costs. Today, hospital officials said the budget situation is looking brighter.

    In a Sept. 30 memo to staff, Troy Jones, the hospital’s administration, said the state Administrative Services Division told officials that the hospital was unsuccessful in generating the revenue that it had projected.

  • Local shelter's animals have a new place to live.

    The remaining animals of The Animal Support Center have a place to live. Jessica Taylor, owner of Green Gates Sanctuary in Ilfeld, N.M., is willing to care for and socialize the remaining animals of TASC so that they can be adopted to loving homes. Green Gates is a separate entity from TASC and will continue to exist as an educational center and a much needed sanctuary when all TASC animals are adopted.

  • Ex-pro player in county lockup

    Most inmates in the San Miguel County jail probably aren’t asked for their autographs, unless such requests involve court documents.

    Gilberto Reyes is the exception.

    The former player for the Montreal Expos, a Major League team, has been in the jail since last December on a charge of distribution of marijuana. And he has reportedly been asked to sign his baseball card since he entered the lockup.

    On the morning of Dec. 22, Reyes, 44, rolled over his pickup truck north of Las Vegas on Interstate 25. He and a woman passenger were taken to the local hospital.

  • Council reluctantly OKs budget, criticizes state

    The City Council this week approved a budget that would make cuts in the general fund to meet state requirements. But city officials weren’t happy with the state agency that oversees the city’s finances.

    The council signed off on a $9.9 million general fund budget, which pays for everything from police to parks. That’s down from the $10.6 million budget approved during the summer.

  • Winter shutoffs a possibility

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez isn’t saying whether the city will observe a state-mandated moratorium on winter heating gas shutoffs. And state government officials aren’t sure who may enforce it or how.

    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, is a federally funded program intended to help pay the poor’s winter heating bills.

  • RHS gets ready for big game

    It’s homecoming time at Robertson High School with the big game scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Cardinal Stadium as the Cardinals take on the Warriors from Ruidoso.

    At a pep rally on Thursday, students got a chance to laugh and have fun watching and taking part in skits, dance-offs, charades, an obstacle course and scavenger hunt.

    Of course, a pep rally wouldn’t be complete without cheerleaders cheering, the dance team dancing and the Red Wave band playing the school fight song.

  • Chief Gold to speak at Luna

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold will be the featured speaker at Luna Community College’s “A Conversation with the Community” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the LRC Auditorium. Gold, District Attorney Richard Flores and Sgt. Carlos Mendoza of the New Mexico State Police will talk on the topic of “Drugs and Gangs.”

    They are part of several lecturers who have or will speak at Luna Community College in September, October and November.

    All lectures are free and open to the community.