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Today's News

  • LV Outlaws to host bowl game Saturday

    Some of the Meadow City’s premier past high school and college football players will suit up for the fledgling Las Vegas Outlaws “semi-pro” gridiron team in its second full season of competition.

    The season kicks off Saturday with the TeamBuilders Bowl at Perkins Stadium. The game — pitting the Outlaws against the New Mexico Razorbacks — begins at 2 p.m., but the action commences an hour earlier with a lineup of entertainment designed to pump up the home crowd.

  • Chavez named new Optic ad manager

    The Las Vegas Optic has a new advertising manager. Vince Chavez’s first day on the job was Tuesday.

    Chavez, 52, is in the process of moving to San Miguel County from his home near Taos. He and his wife, Susan Maggie Chavez, are empty nesters who have raised five sons. They also have two granddaughters.

    Chavez grew up in the Midwest, but most of his adult life was spent in New Mexico and Colorado. He’s lived in Mesilla, Las Cruces and Taos in New Mexico. “My real passion is the West and the diversified culture we have out here,” he said.

  • Third quarter dooms RHS girls; WLV rally falls short at St. Mike's

    Santa Fe Indian School and nimble point guard Jenine Coriz didn’t do anything fancy.

    They just plain outworked Robertson in the pivotal third quarter of Thursday night’s District 2-3A girls’ basketball clash at Mike Marr Gym.

    Coriz scored 10 of her 17 points in that period as the Lady Braves outscored their hosts 20-3 to seize a 48-35 lead.

    The Lady Cardinals came to life in the final period, pressing and attacking with the urgency they lacked the previous eight minutes. But they ultimately came up just shy in a 51-49 defeat.

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  • Rangerettes clinch top spot in district

    Once again, the road to state in District 4-2A girls’ basketball will go through Mora.

    The Rangerettes clinched the top seed in this coming week’s district tournament by defeating Pecos 53-44 on Wednesday evening at Montoya Gym.

    With one game — for Mora, it’s Saturday at Monte del Sol — remaining in the regular season, the Rangerettes are 19-6 overall and 5-0 in 4-2A. Pecos’ Lady Panthers are 13-11 and 3-2.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    DOWN thumb ... KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY.  We agree that LeeEtte Quintana is her own person, and we understand that her husband must be considered innocent until proven guilty, but does the City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero really think it’s wise that she replace her husband, Jay Quintana, as the girls’ team golf coach? Team members might be interviewed by investigators looking into allegations that he had sex with a student for years, and her presence may be an inhibiting factor.

  • LETTER: Stories should include disclaimer

    OK, so our little town has been getting a lot of attention, most of it is negative. Most of it is coming from the eastern most part of town too. I think that with the negative attention the town is getting from the Robertson football boys and its academic leaders, the issue isn’t only triggering people to say bad things about Las Vegas City school, but West Las Vegas also. I recall going to the New Mexico State Fair parade in Albuquerque in September 2008. Robertson High school band was unfortunately not participating in the parade, but West Las Vegas High was.

  • City passes sex offender law

    In a split vote, the City Council this week passed an ordinance that is somewhat stricter than state law on where sex offenders can live.

    State law requires that sex offenders live at least 1,000 feet away from a school or daycare center. The city’s new ordinance would expand that to playgrounds, parks and the city’s recreation center.

    The ordinance was proposed by Mayor Tony Marquez, who told the council that the city can’t always depend on state law.

  • COLUMN: 'Let's get off the car'

    Remember the days before caller ID, when we generally had no clue of who was on the other end unless we recognized the voice or the other person introduced him/her/self?

    I can remember a couple of thriller movies based on the idea of a frantic search for the location of the phone booth where a man with a bomb was about to blow up a chunk of the city. Typically, it involved detectives racing through the banks of a phone company building trying to narrow the search to a two-block area.

  • Enrollment down in East schools

    The downward trend in enrollment continues at the Las Vegas City Schools.

    Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintana, sitting in for Superintendent Rick Romero, who was in Las Cruces, said at a school board meeting this week that enrollment had dropped.

    “Every month we try to keep you abreast of what our enrollment looks like, from last month to this month we have lost 13 more students. Our current enrollment in the district as of Feb 10 is 1,963 students,” Quintana told the board.

  • Coach pick criticized

    While Robertson High School’s golf coach is on leave facing sexual abuse allegations, his wife will assume head coaching duties — an appointment drawing criticism from some.

    LeeEtte Quintana, associate superintendent for the Las Vegas City Schools, already was the team’s assistant coach, serving under her husband, Jay Quintana, the head coach.