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Today's News

  • Cowboys picked 9th in RMAC football

    New Mexico Highlands’ football team will enter this fall as a decided underdog after being picked to finish ninth in the 10-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    The Cowboys are coming off a 3-8 campaign and entering their second season under head coach Chad Roanhaus.

     The 2009 RMAC Football Preseason Poll, voted on by the league’s coaches, was released this past week by the league office.

  • HOMETOWN HEROES: Exploring a new world

    For the past six years, Highlands University Spanish Professor Lillian Gorman has been taking a group of students on an adventure that is partly academic and partly an exploration of a new world.

    And it’s with an intense focus on the Spanish language. 

    Each summer, Gorman and about a dozen students spend two weeks immersed in the Spanish language at Casa Xalteva, a small orphanage and school in Nicaragua.

    Each year, the students return home with many stories and fond memories of the special time they spent there.

  • School gets new leader

    Longtime local educator Eddie King is the new principal of Robertson High School.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero an-nounced the decision Thursday. King, Robertson’s assistant principal since 2007, was one of 10 applicants. A panel of administrators, teachers, parents and students interviewed five of the applicants.

    Romero said King has shown loyalty to the district, starting as an English and Spanish teacher at Memorial Middle School in 1981 and moving on to the high school as a teacher in those subjects in 1998.

  • July 31 dance to benefit Kryptonite

    It’s a big dance to help the Las Vegas Kryptonite baseball team get to the big dance — the upcoming state tournament.

    Camino Oscuro, a band from Pecos, will play at the Night Owl from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, July 31. The dance and show will help raise funds for the Kryptonite, who play in the Sandy Koufax tourney in late July and early August.

  • Inquiry clears Vegas officer

    Authorities have cleared a Las Vegas police officer of any criminal wrongdoing in his handling of a suspect earlier this year.

    District Attorney Richard Flores announced this week that a state police investigation found that Officer Martin Salazar’s actions didn’t rise to the level of a crime — a conclusion with which the DA agreed.

    Flores said the state police conducted a thorough investigation, interviewing about 20 people, including jailers who alleged that Salazar threatened the female arrestee, Bernadette Varela, with violence.

  • North wins two of three All-Star clashes

    Former West Las Vegas standout Kristen Encinias connected on several big long-range shots Friday night in the Class 3A North-South All-Star girls' basketball game. But her last make, from short range, was the biggest of them all.

    Encinias sank one of two free throws with 24 seconds left in regulation to nudge the North ahead 74-73, and that would end up the final margin in one of the more exciting North-South contests in years.

    The North went on to sweep Friday's hoops doubleheader after also prevailing 101-85 in the boys' game.

  • Salazar may sue county

    A Las Vegas police officer is seeking more than $250,000 in damages from San Miguel County for releasing documents about him that he contends should have been kept secret.

    On July 8, Officer Martin Salazar filed a tort claims notice with the county, which is a warning that he may sue.

    He stated that he has suffered from emotional distress since stories have appeared in the Optic about county jailers’ allegations against him.

    A top county official counters that he and his employees have followed the law.

  • LETTER: Time for real health care change

    I am flabbergasted by the farce that is labeled the “health care debate” currently playing out in Washington D.C. and in the media.

    Each one of us has entered a local store and seen a container near the check-out counter with a label asking for donations to help someone in need of medical treatment. Nowhere else in the industrialized “developed” world would such a request be seen. Why not? Because nowhere but in these United States is health care rationed either by one’s ability to pay or by a bunch of profit-hungry insurance bureaucrats!

  • Woman recalls the day husband was attacked

    Frances Sisneros was focused on her Spanish television shows when her husband, Euvaldo “Eddie” Sisneros, told her that he was going to take his regular walk.

    Those were his last words to her.

    Five blocks away, a man attacked Eddie from behind, pulling the 79-year-old by his necklace. It was in the middle of the afternoon on June 16 in a neighborhood full of retirees in Richmond, Calif., a suburb of San Francisco.

  • Senator praises merchants, says earlier comments misconstrued

    In the spring, state Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, contended that the merchant class in the Plaza area was made up of newcomers who wanted to change Las Vegas into a Santa Fe or Taos.

    The longtime lawmaker took a different approach this week.

    On radio station KFUN, Griego, who was on a show with other local lawmakers, praised the downtown business community, touting how it benefits Las Vegas. He said his earlier comments were misconstrued by the print media.