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Today's News

  • Lady Cards, Lady Dons drop district debuts

    For a time Thursday night, the Robertson Lady Cardinals were trading punches evenly with the defending champs and even briefly had them on the ropes.

    Too bad for RHS fans that fights aren’t decided in one round, at least not without a knockout.

  • Top official placed on leave

    Mayor Tony Marquez placed Utilities Director George Du Four on leave without pay late Friday afternoon.

    It was a move that sparked harsh criticism of Marquez from two City Council members who have traditionally allied themselves with the mayor since he was elected in March.

    The mayor didn’t give any public reasons for his decision, and he’s not giving council members any justifications.

  • Police: Man who rams gate arrested

    Joe Abeyta apparently really wanted to get into the cemetery in Los Vigiles, state police said. And he did.

    Now, he’s facing the consequences.

    Around 12:30 p.m. Jan. 11, state police got a call that a man was ramming the gate to the cemetery. When officers arrived, they found that Abeyta, 45, of Las Vegas, had gotten in and was very drunk, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Late shot lifts West over Tigers; Rangerettes runner-up at Hope

    Relatively quiet through the first three quarters of Friday night's game vs. Aztec, John Martinez showed the Tigers he can roar, too.

    Martinez took a pass from Derek Gold and dropped a three-pointer at the buzzer to break a tie and give West Las Vegas a 51-48 victory at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Martinez scored nine of his 12 points in the final quarter. None of his shots was as big as the last one.

    Actually, the last five.

  • Student inquiries increase at HU

    Inquiries from prospective Highlands University students have increased 60 percent in academic year 2008-09, compared to those in 2007-08.

  • OPTIC POWER PICKS leaderboard

    Editor's note: The following are the latest standings in the Optic Power Picks competition as of Jan. 24, 2009. The contest, which involves weekly predictions on pro football games, remains open through the end of the season. To join, simply e-mail your predicted winners of the coming week's NFL games to dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com or magnummania@yahoo.com. Deadline each week is midnight Wednesday. Once you e-mail us your picks, (or send us your e-mail address and express interest in participating) we'll e-mail you the weekly lineup early Tuesday mornings.

  • EDITORIAL: Highlands progress is evident

    It’s amazing how far Highlands University has come along in the last couple of years. If you question whether that’s the case, look no farther than Highlands’ effort to take over the struggling College of Santa Fe.

    Last week, Highlands and the Santa Fe school signed a letter of intent giving the university a 120-day window to buy the college. Highlands needs the approval of several agencies, but it looks as if  the purchase will happen.

  • Woman sentenced for man's death

    A woman has pleaded guilty in connection with the death of an elderly man a couple of years ago.

    Jessica Livingston, 24, of Las Vegas entered a plea agreement last week with prosecutors in which she agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges. She was convicted in connection with the June 2007 death of Jose Apodaca, 83.

    She originally had been charged with felony murder, among other charges. Her plea agreement had her pleading guilty to the reduced charges of homicide by vehicle, robbery, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit the offense of tampering.

  • Man walks in front of car, is killed

    Seth Grant, a patient from a boarding home on N.M. Highway 518 near Storrie Lake, was hit and killed by an oncoming car near Storrie lake Thursday morning, state police said.

    State police Lt. Craig Martin said an eyewitness to the collision saw Grant walk out in front of the car and the case is being treated as a suicide based on the witness' account.

    The vehicle that struck Grant was a Ford Mustang going south at near the speed limit. The vehicle sustained minor damage; the driver was emotionally distraught, Martin said.

  • Ex-players heading to trial

    SANTA FE — Five former Robertson High football players will stand trial on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and conspiracy for their roles in alleged attacks during a preseason camp.

    The five young men, who were juniors at RHS before getting booted from school because of the camp scandal, are accused of holding several underclassmen against their will and sodomizing them with a broomstick. The alleged attacks took place Aug. 12 and 13 during a preseason “team-building” event at Western Life Camp in the Gallinas Canyon.