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Today's News

  • Woman finds man breaking into house

    A woman who heard a noise in her house as she was getting into the shower found that a man was trying to break in.

    She called state police, and they later found the suspect, Max Lucero, 45, of Ilfeld, N.M., according to Magistrate Court documents.

    Around 1:30 p.m. last Tuesday, the alleged victim saw the man standing outside the broken front window at her home on La Manga Road in the Las Vegas area. She went to the front door to scare him away.

    Lucero took off running to a Toyota 4-Runner and fled, court records state.

  • Local runners have solid weekend

    Highlights compiled from cross country meets involving local runners over the weekend:

    Kachina Classic (hosted by New Mexico State University, Las Cruces)

    Men’s race

    1. Nicolas Kipruto, Din, 15:31.6

    2. Japheth Ng'ojoy, UTEP, 15:35.2

    3. Laurent Ngirakamaro, NMHU, 15:40.7

    8. Nicaise Kazingo, NMHU, 16:24.6

    10. Alberto Espinoza, unattached, NMHU, 16:47.3

    19. Gabriel Vidal, NMHU, 17:14.8

    43. Will Jarmeko-Wright, NMHU, 18:19.6

    50. Josh Garcia, NMHU, 18:44.0

    55. Cesar Alviso, NMHU, 18:57.0

  • OPTIC INVESTIGATION: Band differs with Block

    Jerome Block Jr., a candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, maintains that local band Wyld Country performed at his rally in May.

    Not so, says a band member.

    According to a campaign finance report, the Block campaign paid the local band $2,500. Campaign officials have since said they hired the group to entertain at a rally on May 3 at a nearby ranch.

    Joe “JoJo” Aragon, a band member, said Monday that his band didn’t perform and never received the money.

  • West Middle students go to polls

    West Las Vegas Middle School students got a dose of democracy in action as they voted for whom they thought would lead their school and represent their interests on the student council.

    There was a lot of hustle and bustle behind the walls of the school as supporters made signs promoting their favorite candidates and, of course, there were lots of speeches by those running for offices and by their campaign managers.

  • OPTIC POWER PICKS leaderboard

    Editor's note: The following are the latest standings in the Optic Power Picks competition as of Sept. 30, 2008. The contest, which involves weekly predictions on pro football games, remains open through the end of the season. To join, simply e-mail your predicted winners of the coming week's NFL games to dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com or magnummania@yahoo.com. Deadline each week is midnight Wednesday.

  • Mora spikers do it again, win Cimarron tourney

    Back-to-back, back-to-back.

    The Mora Rangerettes, defending champs in the Northern Rio Grande Tournament and Cimarron Invite, repeated 2007’s accomplishment by winning their second consecutive tournament over the weekend.

    Leslie Vigil’s green and white machine did what it was expected to do — win both tournaments again.

    Coming out of pool play in second place, Mora met Peasco in the first round of the Cimarron event. The Lady Panthers won the opening set 25-22, but Mora took three in a row — by scores of 25-23, 25-19, 25-19 — to advance.

  • Council debates whether to pick new mayor pro tem

    Usually, the City Council picks a new mayor pro tem every six months. But that’s apparently been in violation of a council resolution from more than a decade ago.

    After the March municipal election, the council voted for new Councilman Andrew Feldman to be the pro tem, who fills in when the mayor is unavailable.

    At this week’s meeting, Councilman Morris Madrid asked the council to address the pro tem issue because six months had passed.

  • Activist uses pennies to make a statement

    A couple of sacks of pennies may not go far in paying off a debt with the city’s housing authority. But as far as local activist Lorenzo Flores is concerned, the coins can make a big point.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Flores, who has long been active in housing issues, lashed out at council members Cruz Roybal and Morris Madrid, only referring to them by their initials.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Dons romp to go to 3-1; Cowboys endure tough one

    Look back in the West Las Vegas record books, and the names Cruz Flores, Ralph Duran, Michael Lopez, Jesus Lopez and Frank “Harpo” Sanchez come to mind when you hear the word touchdowns.

    Well, there may be a new name to add to that list, and that is Derek Gold.

    Gold scored five touchdowns Friday night as the Dons defeated Crownpoint 55-8. In the past two weeks, the West senior signalcaller has gone off for nine touchdowns. In all, Gold has scored 11 TDs thus far as the Dons improved to 3-1.

  • Water rules stay in place

    The city plans to keep its water restrictions in place at least for a few more weeks, despite plentiful rainfall over the last few months.

    The City Council voted 3-2 in favor of the restrictions at its meeting last week, with Mayor Tony Marquez casting the tie-breaking vote.

    The Stage 1 restrictions limit residents to watering their lawns to two days a week and bar them from watering their cars outside their homes.