Today's News

  • Editor's Note - The race for mayor

    Without polling the candidates, which I don’t have time to do this week, it’s hard to say what motivated so many Las Vegas citizens to run for so few positions. Seventeen people filed for mayor and two council seats, including an impressive nine for the city’s top job.

    Maybe so many jumped in because the city is at a pivotal moment in time, when we could move forward on things such as water projects, or backward on things like political favoritism.

  • Sharing the load

    With their former leading scorer out of the lineup, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team has had to rely on others to step up and share the offensive load.

    Williams, the Albuquerque guard, had averaged 16.6 points, 3.2 steals, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game before reportedly injuring his Achilles tendon a few weeks back.

    Efforts like Momcilo Latinovic’s against Fort Lewis and Adams State have come in handy.

  • Fall ball readies Riders

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt of an interview with Luna Community College baseball coach Antonio Siqueiros.

  • For LCC softball, focus on consistency

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt of an interview with Luna Community College softball coach Meredith Gilpin.

  • MLB commish’s deal through 2014

    The Associated Press

    PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he couldn’t resist the pleas of team owners for him to stay on the job.

    His wife Sue has said all along there was no way her husband would walk away from the game.

    In the end, she was right.

    Owners voted 29-1 on Thursday to give Selig a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 16, 2012

    No varsity events scheduled

    • Robertson boys vs. Estancia (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Mora (A,B), 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym

    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Mora (A,B), 5:30 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    No varsity events scheduled

    • Robertson girls vs. Mora (A,B), 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys at Ruidoso (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Ruidoso
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Moriarty (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • A closer look at the mayoral candidates

    Jill Baskerville, 55. Visiting instructor of sociology at New Mexico Highlands University. Moved to Las Vegas 21 years ago. Married a local man — they’ve since divorced — and raised their daughter in Las Vegas. Master’s degree in sociology from Highlands.

  • Nine vying to be mayor

    The biggest surprise on city election filing day was that Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, who had previously said he would not seek re-election, filed the paperwork to run for a second term in office.

    That decision sets up what is sure to be an epic battle between Ortiz and City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron, who also filed for mayor. The two city governing body members have clashed frequently during the last two years.

    Ortiz and Gurule-Giron are just two of the nine candidates who threw their hats into the ring for mayor on Tuesday.

  • Going Green

    By Martín Salazar
    and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

  • State yanks agent’s license

    The state has revoked a local insurance agent’s license for being “incompetent, untrustworthy and financially irresponsible,” according to a revocation order and notice issued by the acting state superintendent of insurance on Friday.
    The order means that David Lee Herrera, whose address is listed as the 4600 block of El Llano Road, will no longer be allowed to serve as an insurance agent in New Mexico.
    Herrera did not immediately respond to the Optic’s requests for comment.