Today's News

  • Work of Art: Where's the, er, euphemism?

    There’s a line in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in which George, the host, asks his wife Martha to show their guest “to the ‘euphemism.’”

    The guest in this play by Edward Albee needed to visit the bathroom after having consumed several too many drinks.

  • Lady Card linksters close in on last leg

    With a commanding victory in Monday’s Meadow City Invitational, the Robertson girls’ golf team took another step toward qualifying for state as a group.

    The Lady Cardinals shot a combined 332, well beneath the 398 threshold needed to qualify their second leg of three required to make the Class 3A state tournament field this coming spring.

    Additionally, four Lady Card linksters shot individual qualifying scores; the top three individuals in the girls’ draw hailed from Robertson.

  • Cop, councilman criticize judge

    A police officer’s frustrations with the Municipal Court bubbled to the surface during a meeting last week.

    City police Lt. Lawrence O’Connor said in a meeting with Bridge Street merchants that Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo involved “political BS” in some of his decisions. He said the judge is more lenient with people he knows.

  • Cowboys tabled at Mesa

    Mesa State racked up 408 offensive yards and Caleb Pavy kicked four field goals as the Mavericks defeated New Mexico Highlands in a battle of two winless Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams Saturday in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Mavericks (1-2, 1-1) won 40-6. Highlands (0-4, 0-2) amassed 256 pass yards but threw four interceptions.

    The Cowboys got their only score on defense. That was when Kenny Shanahan intercepted the ball from Jason Haferman and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown that made it 26-6 with 7:47 left in the game.

  • Ex-teacher wants trial out of town

    The Las Vegas Optic’s coverage of a local story was the story in a Fourth Judicial District courtroom Friday.

    A former Robertson High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student wants to move the trial out of town. During a hearing to change the venue the lawyer for Jay Quintana, Tom Clark, argued that the newspaper’s extensive coverage would taint the jury pool against his client.

    “You have a reporter here today, and this story will be contained in 5,100 newspapers going out to the general public,” Clark told the court.

  • Blea shines in Dons' defeat

    Exploiting a slew of West Las Vegas turnovers, the Cobre Indians hijacked the Dons’ homecoming game for a 33-14 victory Friday night at Perkins Stadium.

    The versatile Martin Blea had a hand in both WLV touchdowns, returning a kickoff 90 yards for one score and passing to Jayvis Medrano for another to the delight of the green-and-gold faithful.

    The Dons had their chances, but turnovers made them slip out of reach.

  • Prep runners chart new course

    There might be some mixed reviews about the newly mapped Meadow City Invitational cross country course, but Pecos’ Antonio Varela probably has few complaints.

    Varela breezed to an individual boys’ varsity title Saturday morning, his time of 16:44 giving him a 23-second cushion over runner-up Stephen Carbajal of Belen.

  • Mayor's ball raises money

    The guests walked in on a red carpet on Saturday night, and a spotlight shone into the sky.

    No, it wasn’t an L.A. awards ceremony. It was the Mayor’s Charity Ball, part of Las Vegas’ 175th anniversary celebration.

    Hundreds showed up for the ball, which took place in the ballroom at Plaza Hotel.

  • As It Is: Santa Fe's influence

    When I was covering a dysfunctional village council in southern New Mexico years ago, an old reporter told me that all of the members seemed normal when you met with them individually. But, together, they made a circus.

    Is that the case these days with the Fiesta Council? I have talked with many of these folks over the years, and they seemed pleasant and reasonable.

  • Expert: Add effluent to water

    For the last few years, the city of Las Vegas has used its treated wastewater to irrigate city parks, Highlands University’s golf course and Robertson High School’s fields.

    Now, a consultant is suggesting the city look at sending the wastewater — known as effluent — to the water plant, treating it and putting it into the city’s drinking water supply.

    “If this isn’t publicly acceptable, it will be good to know that,” said Ron Mosher of Albuquerque-based Molzen-Corbin and Associates.