Today's News

  • Candidate says he was negligent

    Jerome Block, the Democratic candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, is changing his story again.

    Last month, Block’s campaign repeatedly stated that local band Wyld Country played at a campaign rally near Romeroville in May.

    One of his supporters, San Miguel County Clerk Paul Maez, the county’s chief election official, belonged to Wyld Country. After originally going along with Block’s story, he told the Optic that Wyld Country didn’t play and that the rally never even happened.

  • Mora spikers beat SF Prep, Pecos

    The Mora Rangerettes are now 2-0 in district and 11-5 overall.

    The Rangerettes beat Santa Fe Prep this past Thursday in Mora, 25-10, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19.

    Then the team defeated host Pecos in three games, 25-17, 25-13, 25-17.

    Mora’s junior varsity also beat both rivals — Santa Fe Prep 25-12, 25-16, and Pecos 26-24, 25-13.

    Mora hosts district foe Monte del Sol tonight before traveling to Santa Fe Prep on Saturday.

  • No one is immune

    Anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the last few weeks knows the unpleasant truth: Our national economy is headed south in a hurry.

    In our own lives, we have received the information in different forms. For many, it’s been the 401(k) quarterly statements. Others have received memos from their employers.

  • City may give more money to EDC

    Las Vegas’ main economic development group would get a sizable increase in funding from the city under a proposed agreement.

    The contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation calls for upping the city’s annual donation from $40,000 to $65,000.

    The City Council will consider the agreement at its meeting Wednesday.

  • Candidate forums planned

    The Las Vegas Optic will hold a candidates forum Thursday at Memorial Middle School’s auditorium.

    The Optic will take written audience questions for the candidates.

    From 5:30-6:30 p.m., the County Commission candidates will take center stage. The District 2 candidates are Democrat Marcellino Ortiz and Republican Mary Bridget Maloney. From District 5 are Democrat Nicolas Leger and Republican Fred Romero.

  • Openness appreciated

    The state hospital informed its employees last month that it was taking a $5 million budget hit, urging everyone to conserve resources. Not long after, officials found out that $3 million of the lost budget authority was restored. This year’s budget is $58 million.

    Troy Jones, the hospital’s administrator, is optimistic that his organization will receive much of the remaining $2 million soon.

  • Targeting waste

    Recently, Mayor Tony Marquez challenged the city administration to reduce the number of take-home cars and cell phones by 10 to 20 percent. That’s an acceptable goal.

  • RHS wins, WLV losses situate both in middle of district VB hunt

    After starting the district campaign season 2-0, the Lady Dons volleyball team has dropped a pair of matches over the past three days.

    On the heels of their dropping a heartbreaking match to top-ranked Pojoaque late last week, the Lady Dons fell victim to the Lady Horsemen of St. Michaels on Saturday. Game scores were 25-20, 25-11 and 25-13.

    West is now 6-8 overall and 2-2 in District 2-3A.

    The girls from the west side will travel to the east side of town on Thursday to take on rival Robertson at the Marr Gym.

  • WLV girls seventh in Jag Invite

    Even while not at full strength, the West Las Vegas girls’ cross country team cracked the top half of a packed Jaguar Invitational this past weekend.

    The Lady Dons earned a seventh-place team finish Saturday in Santa Fe, hanging tough with a field that included overall winner Rio Rancho and a number of other big schools.

  • RFK Jr., union leader speak in town

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wowed an audience gathered at Margaret Kennedy Hall on the Highlands campus Friday with stories about his father’s involvement in the fight for civil rights, including the early days when he was deeply involved with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers’ struggle for equality.

    Kennedy also had the crowd laughing at times when he talked about some of his own experiences supporting environmental causes around the world.