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Today's News

  • Two school coaches placed on leave

    Two of Robertson High School’s assistant football coaches have been suspended pending a formal investigation into an incident at a local restaurant, an official said Tuesday.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed that the district has put both Phillip Trujillo and Anthony Pacheco on leave.

    Romero said he has talked with a number of Las Vegas police officers and is trying to figure out what happened during the alleged incident. He said the officers said they would have a written report finished within five days.

  • City attorney takes his case to airwaves

    Las Vegas’ interim city attorney, Carlos Quiñones, who has avoided questions from the Optic for months, has apparently chosen a new medium to get his word out — radio.

    Quiñones stopped answering calls and e-mails from the Optic in the spring after the newspaper ran stories in which the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government criticized the City Council’s practice of discussing city business via e-mail, rather than during open meetings.

  • Witness says suspect bragged

    A witness in Monday’s preliminary hearing for two brothers accused of killing a couple described how one of them boasted about it.

    The witness spoke during the hearing for Michael and JoeBary Vigal, who face multiple charges of murder, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and conspiracy in  connection with the 2007 slayings of Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz, who were gunned down in the living room of their Dora Celeste home.

  • Editorial: Compromise for runoffs

    The Las Vegas City Council has accepted a proposed new city charter from the Charter Commission, but the council may make some changes to the document before it’s submitted to voters, likely in the March 2 municipal election. The existing charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution, has been in force for nearly four decades and needs updating.

    The commission performed well in its duty in come up with a better charter. The members decided to keep what works and change what doesn’t.

    Among the high points of the new document:

  • Woman accused of stabbing husband

    A woman was arrested after calling police to report that she had stabbed her husband, officials said.

    Theresa Durant, 50, of 104 Alamo St. No. 6, was charged with aggravated battery on a household member.

    According to documents filed in Magistrate Court, Durant called the police station around 4 a.m. Friday to inform officers that she had stabbed her husband, Victor Durant.

  • Plaza Hotel to show Cowboys-Lobos game

    Want to check out Tuesday night’s Cowboys-Lobos basketball game but can’t make the trip to the Duke City?

    Thanks to the Plaza Hotel, you can still watch the big game.

    The Plaza will show a live telecast of the game via closed circuit on a 10-foot TV screen in its newly refurbished ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tipoff is set for 7. Refreshments will be available. And the hotel is offering the game without a cover charge.

  • Letter: Failure at three distinct levels

    The finding of the State Auditor that Mora School District misspent some $64,000 is obviously appalling.  Worse yet, it indicates that the system of governance used by Mora must have failed three times simultaneously in order for this to have happened.

  • Man shot near bar on Grand

    A Las Vegas man is accused of shooting another on Grand Avenue late Thursday afternoon.

    Gary Esquibel, 23, of 702 Pecos St., was charged with attempted murder, trafficking crack cocaine, shooting from a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence.

    The alleged victim, Jonas Montoya, 26, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital then airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

  • Cowboys win!

    They never gave up.

    Rallying improbably from an 18-point deficit, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys broke through for their first win of the season Saturday, a 39-35 triumph over Fort Lewis College.

    The win snaps a 10-game losing streak that dates to the last game of 2008.

  • Cards stun No. 3 Horsemen 26-0

    Daniel Martinez and Dalan Abreu combined for nearly 200 yards rushing Saturday, dealing the St. Michael’s Horsemen a Halloween trick in the form of a stunning 26-0 defeat at Brother Abdon Field.

    St. Mike’s had entered the game as the third-ranked team in Class 3A football. With a win over West Las Vegas in this coming Saturday’s Vegas Bowl, Robertson clinches the District 2-3A runner-up spot (behind Raton) and would likely host a first-round state playoff game.