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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Board addresses appeal process

    The Las Vegas City Schools board met for an emergency meeting Friday to take action on the form of review for appeals from students placed on long-term suspensions for allegedly taking part in violent hazing at a Robertson High School football camp.

    Superintendent Rick Romero told the board that three of the four students were appealing their suspensions. The students are suspected of sodomizing other players with broomsticks.

    Two other suspects still have time to appeal.

  • UNM law students seek applicants

    The University of New Mexico School of Law’s Mexican-American Law Student Association is looking to increase applicants from Highlands University.

    Julia Mares, wife of former Las Vegas Police Chief Albert Mares, is a second-year law student and former Highlands student.

    “Highlands has so many bright and talented individuals, and I think the UNM School of Law needs to tap into that,” Mares said.

  • Ex-officials may sue city

    Four former city of Las Vegas officials have put the city on notice that they may sue over their ousters in June.

    The ex-officials — Housing Director Chris Barela, Finance Director Ann Marie Gallegos, Recreation Director Mark Loera and City Clerk CherylAnn Yara — filed their notice with the city Sept. 10.

    They were among six officials dismissed in late June. The action happened in the first months of Tony Marquez’s reign as mayor.

  • The Concert of the Birds

    The Concert of the Birds is an annual musical festival that benefits The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. The Concert of the Birds has been going on for four years and is hosted by The Friends of the Las Vegas National Wild Life Refuge. Janice Arrott is the organizer.

    “We try and have local Northern New Mexico musicians.” Arrott said. For the past four years there have been a variety of musicians. This year, Los Tropicales is playing.