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Today's News

  • City manager search ‘wide open’

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez said Tuesday that he remains in contact with people who may be interested in becoming city manager.

    He said he has also included City Council members in the process. On average, he said, members have each provided two names of possible candidates.

    “The great majority of candidates are local,” the mayor said. “It’s still wide open.”

    He said the city plans to advertise the position in the Optic and on national Internet sites.

  • Victims warn they may sue

    The attorneys for the six victims in the alleged sexual assaults at a football camp have put the Las Vegas City Schools district on notice that they may sue.

    The attorneys from the Rothstein and Will Ferguson law firms filed a notice with the district on Nov. 7.

    They said their claims are based on the physical injuries and emotional distress the six victims have suffered as a result of being assaulted in mid-August at the camp, which took place in Gallinas Canyon. State police have said the six suspects in the case sodomized the victims with broomsticks.

  • HU to continue negotiations

    Highlands University will continue negotiations in its bid to take over the College of Santa Fe, a small private institution that is having financial difficulties.

    Even though Highlands’ Board of Regents ended a special three-hour closed meeting by tabling action on acquisition of the Santa Fe school, President Jim Fries told the media it was an important session.

  • Pecos boys fifth in Tri-City; RHS girls lose in Roswell

    The Pecos Panthers captured fifth place in the Tri-City Tournament, with a 65-61 come-from-behind win over Cimarron on Monday.

    The Panthers trailed by as much as 13 midway through the third period before rallying for their sixth win of the season.

    The Panthers took a 15-8 lead after the first period before the Rams outscored Pecos 23-13 in the second period and took a 31-28 lead. Cimarron started the third period on a 15-5 run and a 46-33 lead.

  • Andrade honored by RMAC

    New Mexico Highlands’ Roman Andrade earned the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division Player of the Week honors Dec. 22.

    Andrade is a 6-2 junior point guard from Albuquerque.

    He leads the Cowboys in scoring (20.4 points per game) and has been a key player in the team’s turnaround from a one-win 2007-08 campaign.

    The Cowboys, now 7-2 overall and 2-1 in the RMAC, play a non-league game Tuesday at West Texas A&M.

  • LETTER: The soup kitchen

    The Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen operates completely on donations of food, money and time from volunteers in the community. For the first three years of operation, it served approximately 100-125 free meals per month. It started by being open once a week, on Thursday at noon in the basement of the First United Methodist Church. Since the price of gas started escalating a few months ago, the number has increased to between 600-650 free meals per month. An additional day was added in September when a free meal is also offered Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

  • LETTER: Mutual respect can negate abuse

    We all enjoy the holidays, but with the holidays come parties and of tendencies to drink too much.

  • Contract gives pay hike to teachers

    The Las Vegas City Schools district and its teachers have reached an agreement that includes pay raises.

    The teachers call the contract a major step forward in the history of its attempts to reach agreement on a contract.

    Theresa Chavez, president of the National Education Association local, is a second-grade teacher and 17-year veteran of the district.

  • Dons endure a scare in Cuba

    abian Varela scored 23 points and Derek Gold had 18 to propel West Las Vegas past a spirited Cuba team 77-75 on Saturday evening.

    The Dons came up with a critical defensive stop and Gold swished two free throws with nine seconds left to put the game just out of the host Rams’ reach.

    Cuba’s Jamito Chiquito had narrowed West’s lead to 74-72 by hitting a free throw with 40 seconds remaining, and the Rams had forced several turnovers in coming back from a double-digit deficit.

  • Wily Jaguars get past Robertson

    onathon Crespin and Isaiah Bustamante got the Capital Jaguars started Monday night at Mike Marr Gym. And those two also played the role of closers, securing a 45-32 win over host Robertson.

    A team stocked with upperclassmen who’ve been through a battle or two along the way, Capital exploited several turnovers by the considerably less experienced Cardinals in building its lead.