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Today's News

  • Drug bust takes place at Urban Wear

    Two days before the new year, investigators from the Region IV Narcotics Task Force executed what they called a “high-risk narcotics search warrant” at two locations, leading to the arrest of local businessman Alex Romero.

    According on a news release, Romero has been charged with numerous counts of narcotic violations, including child endangerment.

    Romero owns the store Urban Wear at 428 Grand Ave., and resides at 545 Hermosa Lane in the Camp Luna area, north of the Las Vegas city limits. Police say illegal drugs were found at both locations.

  • Editorial: We need a uniter

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez announced last week that he wouldn’t run for another two-year term. That took us by surprise, given that he is an ambitious, relatively young man.

    Promising to bring transparency and accountability to City Hall, Marquez came in with the support of many in the community. Indeed, this newspaper endorsed his candidacy. Perhaps the mayor really intended to keep his promises. But it didn’t work out that way.

  • As It Is: Unknowns may have a shot

    During a weekend trip to Albuquerque, I noticed a billboard that read, “Doug Turner for Governor.”

    You may be wondering, Who is Doug Turner?

    Well, he is one of the several unknowns running as Republicans for governor. Your first reaction may be that he and the others may have no chance against the well-funded establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, a Democrat.

  • Birds shake Snakes, climb to 12-2

    Justin Bustos swished three baskets from three-point range — two in the opening quarter —  and went on to score a game-high 24 points Saturday night as Robertson won big over Tucumcari, 80-57.

    The Cardinals (12-2) have a full week to prepare for another pre-district tuneup. They play at Taos on Saturday, Jan. 9, then visit Socorro Jan. 12.

  • Leftover Stu

    Bernalillo guard Dillon Darnell swished 13 three-pointers during the Spartans’ three games in the 56th Stu Clark Tournament, which concluded Dec. 30 at Highlands’ Wilson Complex.

    That outside shooting exhibition included two games of six treys apiece — each just one shy of tying the single-game record — earned Darnell the record for most threes in one Stu Clark tourney.

  • Letter: Jesus would vote against city prayer

    This letter is in response to some criticism of my comments opposing public prayer in City Council meetings.

  • Stu-pendous! Cardinals win Stu Clark tourney title

    Tuesday night may have been a Hollywood ending for the Robertson Cardinals, but Wednesday evening was a horror movie, albeit one with a positive outcome for RHS fans.

    The Cardinals outlasted Shiprock 62-50 in a game plagued by turnovers and subpar shooting to clinch the championship in the 56th annual Stu Clark Tournament before hundreds of fans at the Wilson Complex.

  • Year-End Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... HOMICIDES AND VIOLENCE. Three homicides in a single year — 10 in less than years — is a lot for a town the size of Las Vegas. In fact, it’s murder rate akin to Detroit’s, a big city with tremendous problems. So what’s causing it here?

    We could speculate as to the causes — and there are many, we surmise — but let’s hope the anti-crime task force that Mayor Tony Marquez is putting together will provide the kind of insights that will help us address this continuing tragedy in 2010.

  • A farewell column: Moving on

    By the time you read this, I will no longer be employed by the Optic.

    There’s no rancor on either side; it’s a corporate downsizing thing, and in this respect, I’m another casualty of the recession — I’ve got plenty of company in that, nationwide.

    On the upside, I had no idea when I hired on that I would be with the Optic this long.

  • 2009: A look at the year's top stories

    Unlike in years past, Optic readers got to select the top stories for the year 2009, and the results reveal considerable correlation with selections of the Optic’s editorial staff, which elected this year to let subscribers decide.

    Topping the list was the multiple homicides in the Las Vegas area over the last year.