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Today's News

  • Optic’s long history as a daily to end

    The Las Vegas Optic announced today that it will be reducing its publication frequency from five days a week to three.

    The Optic, which currently publishes Mondays through Fridays, will begin a Monday-Wednesday-Friday publication schedule by March 2, editor and publisher Tom McDonald announced.

    “Economic circumstances necessitate the change. We’ve got to cut expenses,” McDonald said.

  • Local musicians get awards

    Juan Ortega is a household name among Las Vegas and New Mexico music lovers. He was recognized for his talents at the New Mexico Hispano Music Award ceremony this month in Española as he received the Hispano Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Ortega is best known for his song “Padre Querido” and one of the few songs that he didn’t write himself, “In the Misty Moonlight,” an old Jerry Vale song Ortega translated and sang as a bilingual tune.

  • Grazing lease deal questioned

    A top city utilities department official was the only bidder for a city grazing lease last fall. Now, some are questioning whether he had an inside track.

    In August, the city advertised that it would accept sealed bids for the grazing lease on Sept. 11, but the legal ad didn’t include any information about where the parcel was or how many acres it included.

    When the Optic requested all public documents related to the issue, none of them contained that information.

  • Multiple offender to get mandatory time

    A local man was sentenced Monday to a mandatory six months in the San Miguel County jail for what was legally considered his fourth DWI conviction. But officials say the jail may not be able to take him because of his medical problems.

    In November, Joseph Floyd Santillanes, 53, entered a plea agreement with prosecutors, admitting to drunken driving. It was actually the fifth time he had been convicted of DWI, but for the purposes of his sentencing, an 1989 conviction wasn’t counted because of a legal technicality.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Dons OK without Rivera, rout Raton

    Even without Adrian Rivera in the lineup, the West Las Vegas Dons bullied Raton on Friday for a 59-35 road rout.

    WLV improves to 2-0 in District 2-3A with a 2008 state final rematch on tap for Thursday night at Gillie Lopez Gym; Raton slips to 0-2.

    The Dons, missing Rivera due to illness, gained the lead at 6-4 and did not trail the rest of the night.

    West led 13-9 after the first period, 27-16 at half, and 38-22 through three quarters.

  • Mayor: City to get names of candidates

    Mayor Tony Marquez said he hopes to get five or six names of city manager candidates within days.

    He said the city has contracted with Santa Fe-based Mercer Group to recruit a new city manager, a position that has been vacant since the sudden resignation of Sharon Caballero last month.

    Marquez made the announcement at a City Council meeting last week after Councilwoman Diane Moore urged the mayor to move as possible to fill the manager’s position.

  • Don wrestlers 4th in Trinidad; Cards 5th in Belen

    Eight was enough.

    West Las Vegas’ wrestling team, taking just eight grapplers — six short of the full 14, wrangled a fourth-place finish in the 14-team Gene Gagliardi Invitational this past Saturday in Trinidad, Colo.

    John Armijo pinned all five of his opponents, including Jacob Bookout of Pueblo (Colo.) Central in the final, to win the 171-pound division for West.

    Rosendo “Ross” Valdez (125 lbs.), Mike Jaramillo (140) and Conrad Mares (160) also reached the finals, finishing second.

  • Inoperable cars moved to site

    It’s an eyesore that perhaps not many Las Vegans see regularly, but plenty of out-of-towners do.

    Over the last couple of years, a growing pile of junk, including old buses, trucks, cars and assorted items, has developed on the west side of I-25 between the University and north exits.

    When using I-25, most residents either use the north or south exits, so they may not be aware of the growing eyesore.

  • Biker rally seeking more space

    Only in its fourth year, the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally is suffering growing pains.

    Last week, the rally’s organizing committee requested the City Council allow it to use the city parking lot where Safeway grocery store once stood, across from Spic and Span on Douglas Avenue. That site would be in addition to Plaza Park, where bikers have held their activities the past three years.

    The rally committee said it would use the parking lot for entertainment, an annual blood drive and a barbecue. The committee also wants to use the site for a beer tent.

  • EDITORIAL: Pass around the blame

    The city of Las Vegas recently received some bad news — it lost a $1.2 million state grant for a water project.

    The state Water Trust Board approved the money for the city in 2006, but reversed itself a couple of weeks ago. We can’t blame the board. After all, the city originally wanted to use the money to pipe water for the Storrie Project Water Users Association in exchange for more storage water rights at Storrie Lake.