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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... AN EXTENSIVE RESUME. Roberto Rios starts Monday as the new executive director for the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp. His resume in economic development and business goes back more than three decades, having held high-level positions in promoting development in both New Mexico and Arizona. He has quite an impressive resume, and we’re glad that he’s chosen Las Vegas as his next challenge.

  • DA seeks inquiry into allegations

    District Attorney Richard Flores has decided to ask the state police to investigate county jailers’ allegations that a Las Vegas police officer threatened a woman in the county jail’s booking area.

    He made that decision after the Optic sent copies of the jailers’ reports to the district attorney’s office. Although the reports had been referred to Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold in March, the DA’s office had never seen them.

  • Students help out local animal shelter

    Gabriella Gonzales broke open her treasured piggy bank as second-graders at Union Elementary School began their quest to show that they could make a difference in their community.

    They had recently learned in a social studies class how other kids are giving their time and effort to good causes, and that they, too, could become citizen heroes.

  • COLUMN: Did passport really expire?

    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — What exactly is an expiration date? Much after the fact, I pondered that question following a hassling by a usually-friendly staff of customs-passport inspectors at the airport in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    This is our third trip here. Our passports, acquired in June 1999, show proof of our visits to this area twice before, in 2006, 2008 and this year. The policy is for each visitor landing at Kastrup International to furnish proof of residency.

  • LETTER: Industrial wind, decentralized energy

    When we elected Obama we voted for change. Before he could take office, our economy collapsed, caused by the greed of bankers and corporations, their influence on policies, their tax havens abroad and their unashamed drive to enrich themselves at the expense of the well-being of the majority of us. Our voices had been silenced by the power of their wealth.

  • EDITORIAL: DA takes good step

    Last week in this space, we encouraged authorities to seek an independent investigation into allegations against Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar.

    Unbeknownst to us, District Attorney Richard Flores had already decided to do just that. We commend him for taking this step.

    Earlier this year, three jailers at the San Miguel County Detention Center reported that Salazar had threatened to hurt a woman he had taken into custody, 52-year-old Bernadette Varela. Other jailers filed reports indicating that Varela alleged she had been injured by Salazar.

  • COLUMN: Ward 3 leads in crime

    So where is all the crime occurring in our community? I recently obtained a copy of a Police Department report that shows the number of reports for each of the city’s four wards.

    For 2008, Ward 3 topped all the others in the combined number of crime reports. Ward 3 consists of the city’s southeast quadrant, including the New Town historic district, the Railroad district, and Sixth, Seventh and Eighth streets. This ward had 981 reports last year, followed by Ward 4, the southwest quadrant, at 828.

  • Cardinal netters second at state

     

     

     

    Robertson lost a heartbreaker in the Class 1A-3A boys' tennis final Saturday afternoon, falling 5-4 to No. 1 Sandia Prep.

    The No. 2 Cardinals had swept No. 7 Hope Christian and No. 3 Lovington to reach the team championship dual, hosted by Albuquerque Academy. Meanwhile the Sundevils had defeated Santa Fe Prep and then St. Michael's.

    In the small-school team category, West Las Vegas swept East Mountain and surprised No. 2 seed Moriarty, both 6-0, to reach the state final with No. 1 seed Valley Christian Academy.

  • New Mexico celebrates Arbor Day

     Residents of New Mexico will celebrate Arbor Day 2009 on March 13. While National Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April, New Mexico, similar to several other states, observes the holiday at a time best suited for tree planting.

    The Arbor Day Foundation encourages everyone to plant a tree to celebrate this special holiday. The Foundation’s Web site (www.arborday.org) offers many helpful tips from how to plant a tree to selecting the right tree for the right place.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Mavs eliminate Cowboys

    Oscar Sigala hit a three-run blast -- his third home run of the game -- in the bottom of the ninth, but the Highlands Cowboys couldn't sustain the rally and lost 15-13 to archrival Mesa State on Friday evening in the NCAA Division II Central Regional tournament.

    The loss, preceded by a defeat to Wayne State (Neb.) on Thursday, eliminates NMHU from the postseason. The Cowboys finished 39-21.