Today's News

  • Necessary increases

    Anyone who has been keeping up with Las Vegas city politics knew a proposal to increase water rates was coming. It has been widely discussed since last year, when a preliminary engineering report recommended spending $120 million over the next 40 years on the city’s water system.

  • A genius like Norman Einstein

    Remember a few years back that a pair of human spell-checkers made the news for traipsing around the country making corrections to signs they believed contained errors? For their efforts, the language-fixers, Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, got banned from certain national parks.

    I wrote about this team who would arm themselves with Sharpies, erasers, adhesive tape and righteous indignation. They’ve faded from the news, but if they wanted an assistant, I’d try to join them.

  • Club qualifies 2 for nationals

    Nicholas Gurule won a regional championship in the javelin, and Sal Lopez placed top three in both javelin and discus at the recent Junior Olympic regional meet in El Paso.

    Both are now headed to nationals this coming week in Baltimore.

    It’s an early milestone for the Meadow City Track Club, rejuvenated this year under coach Morgan Montaño.

    “These kids who’ve started it up have definitely put in the time and effort,” Montaño said.

  • Memorial run an all-ages event

    Barely old enough to walk on his own, 1-year-old Quentin Martinez was one of the youngest competitors in this past Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run.

    Participating in the annual event is one thing young Quentin has in common with 87-year-old Bill Oshima, who took on the 5-kilometer walk stretching from the San Miguel County Fairgrounds down to the Old Town Plaza, finishing in 57:40.

  • Lakers great Cooper to headline camp

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    In the 1980s, Michael Cooper was wearing No. 21 and playing an integral role in helping the Los Angeles Lakers win world championships, playing alongside legends like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy.

    Today, the former UNM Lobo and Laker wing is coaching at the University of Southern Colorado and even making time for youth basketball camps — including one scheduled for July 28-29 at Robertson’s Mike Marr Gymnasium.
    Geared toward players age 5-17, the camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

  • RHS girls hosting youth soccer camp

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Robertson High School girls’ varsity soccer team will be having a youth soccer camp Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, to raise money for the upcoming season.

    The camp will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the RHS soccer field at 3rd and Mills.

    “Kids age 5-12 are encouraged to join us,” wrote Caitlin Diefendorf, one of the Lady Cardinals’ standouts. “The camp is a great way for local kids to have fun and learn new soccer skills from the high school girls’ soccer team.

  • Vigil spending probe sought

    A Las Vegas attorney and former Democratic county chairman is requesting an investigation into whether Viola Vigil followed state law in the spending of her large campaign war chest.

    Jesus Lopez sent a letter to Attorney General Gary King, District Attorney Richard Flores and Secretary of State Dianna Duran on Thursday calling for the investigation. The letter also serves as a complaint to the Secretary of State’s Office.

    Vigil didn’t immediately respond to a message left on her cell phone Sunday morning.

  • Luna turns to TV to lure students

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    AmberLynn Lucero says she has always been fascinated by television.
    Lucero, along with several other Luna Community College students, can now boast that she has a role in a statewide commercial for Luna.

    The commercial was produced by and stars LCC students. It is scheduled to be aired on KRQE, KOB, KASA FOX and KOAT over the next few weeks. The commercial is 30 seconds and will be run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

  • East gets new finance manager

    The Las Vegas City Schools administration building has several new faces.

    During a board work session on Thursday evening Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez announced who she has hired as the finance director, special services director and payroll clerk.

    Mari Hillis, a 1985 graduate of Mora High School, is replacing Myrna Garcia as finance director.

  • Block jailed for probation violation

    The Associated Press

    Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. is back in jail.
    Records show Block was arrested Friday and booked into the Santa Fe County jail on a probation violation.

    State police say a urine test confirmed he had alcohol in his system when he reported to his probation officer.