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Today's News

  • College night draws record crowd

    A record crowd estimated at just over 500 people attended the 10th annual College Night last week to learn about making the successful transition to college life at New Mexico Highlands University or Luna Community College, primary sponsors for the event.

    Jenny Arguello of the Highlands recruitment office organized the event, noting there were also a record number of information tables, with each college staffing more than 40 tables.

  • COLUMN: Change to the better

    At first I resented the corporate executives for pushing the issue as they did. The Optic could best pull out of its slump, I argued, if we merged our newspaper and our website into a dynamic new product. But for reasons I still don’t understand, I was told it wasn’t that simple, that our new Web platform, with all its blemishes, had to stay.

    Meanwhile, the numbers were becoming increasingly clear: We would have to downsize or face a tenuous future.

  • East candidates differ from West’s

    Answers to a number of questions from Las Vegas City School’s board candidates were in stark contrast to their counterparts running for office in the West Las Vegas district.

    The biggest difference came with the often-asked question about administrative consolidation of the two districts. Most West candidates in a forum Tuesday said they do not support the idea, but East candidates said it was worth consideration. If it ever happened, it would most likely be the voters who would decide, most said.

  • COLUMN: Moving forward by looking back

    Hindsight is 20-20, as politicians who insist they want to move forward like to say.

    But sometimes it’s important to take a look back to see if some things could have been done better.

    Let’s hope Mayor Tony Marquez and the City Council do just that.

    In June, a City Council majority fired six of 10 department directors then immediately proceeded to hire a new city manager. In other words, the manager, Sharon Caballero, started with less than half of the city’s management team in place.

    Talk about a recipe for problems.

  • Mayor needs manager's help to fire Du Four

    If the City Council dismisses Utilities Director George Du Four, it’ll need to do it upon the recommendation of the city manager.

    That’s according to the city charter.

    Last week, Mayor Tony Marquez placed Du Four on unpaid leave until Wednesday’s City Council meeting, in which he said the council would decide whether to keep the director.

    Marquez has not stated the reasons for his action, either to the public or the council members themselves.

  • Fourth-ranked Lopers drop Cowboys in dual

    Facing the fourth-ranked wrestling team in the nation (NCAA Division II), the Highlands Cowboys took their lumps on Thursday evening in Kearney, Neb.

    No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney prevailed 41-9, with the Cowboys’ only wins at 197 and heavyweight. Luke McPeek pinned eighth-ranked Matt Farrell in 48 seconds, turning a reversal into a fall. Farrell led 4-1 when he took McPeek down with 2:18 left in the opening period. But McPeek reversed and got the Loper onto his back.

  • LETTERS: A comprehensive energy program

    Congress and the Administration are touting alternative energy sources to replace power production derived from foreign oil. They want to generate 10 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. energy needs from alternative sources.

    Most of the alternative energy would have to be generated from wind power systems.  If we assume 10 percent of the U.S. energy requirements consists of 100,000 megawatts, and each wind turbine produces approximately 2 to 3 megawatts, it will take about 40,000 wind turbines to produce the 100,000 megawatts.

  • No. 1 over No. 2, just barely

    A dream matchup between the top two Class 3A girls’ basketball teams lived up to its billing Wednesday night in Jacona.

    Top-ranked Pojoaque Valley (19-0, 3-0) clung to its perch in a 53-50 thriller against visiting West Las Vegas (13-6, 1-2).

    But Coach Jose Medina’s Lady Dons came closer than any team has this season to beating the Elkettes. Pojoaque had defeated every foe by 11 points or more prior to Wednesday night.

    The Elkettes are defending state champions under Lanse Carter.

  • City hires two to help with utilities

    Mayor Tony Marquez this week has appointed two people to help manager the city’s utilities department.

    This decision comes just days after he placed Utilities Director George Du Four on unpaid leave. The City Council is expected to vote next week whether to keep Du Four.

    Marquez has appointed Ken Garcia, who has 20 years in utility management, and Robert Tafoya, who has served as an engineering technical supervisor with the city before retiring after many years of service, according to a city press release.

  • Five vying for positions on East board

    Five candidates are competing for the Las Vegas City Schools board in Tuesday’s election.

    The candidates running for Position 1 are incumbent Philip Leger, Matt Martinez and Gabriel Lucero. Vying for Position 2 are incumbent Elaine Luna and Pamela Daves. Teresa Gray’s name is on the ballot for Position 2, but she said she is no longer running.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on poll locations, call the county clerk’s office at 425-9331.