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Today's News

  • City planning to fix gas line

    The city is looking to spend $300,000 in emergency repairs to its natural gas line to meet the requirements of federal pipeline safety laws.

    The City Council will consider the project at its meeting today. Officials said the work can be accomplished by professionals with equipment and tools that aren’t available to the city.

    Councilman Morris Madrid said it’s imperative that work be done to the nearly 40-year-old line. The city owns the portion of the line from Las Vegas to Colmar, which is in Colfax County, north of town.

  • Freshmen wear graduation garb

    Taking photographs in cap and gown is a ritual traditionally reserved for seniors.

    Not anymore.

    Eddie King, Robertson High School’s assistant principal, said it was a good idea for freshmen at the school to envision themselves graduating from high school in May 2012.

    “I first learned about the idea at a High Schools That Work conference I attended in Nashville this summer,” King said. “This project is an outgrowth of what many high schools are doing across the country in an effort to improve graduation rates.”

  • Cowgirl spikers sweep Zias

    The smiles are back for New Mexico Highlands University’s volleyball players.

    Playing with visible enthusiasm, the Cowgirls opened their home schedule Tuesday night with a rare sweep of intrastate rival Eastern New Mexico, 25-12, 25-17, 25-17.

    Among Highlands’ players — who endured a 4-24 campaign last year but have won five of 10 this season — he mood was light even as the play was disciplined.

    “It’s good to see smiles on their faces,” said first-year head coach Jim Deisler.

  • KFC cashier accused of theft

    A cashier at Kentucky Fried Chicken is accused of stealing a credit card after a customer accidentally left without it.

    Stella M. Martinez, 26, 2324 Calle Contenta, was arrested on a charge of theft of a credit card.

    According to a state police report, a customer from Rio Rancho reported that she went to KFC around 5:30 p.m. Sunday to buy a meal. She told officers that the cashier didn't give her card back and that she left without getting it.

  • Resident seeks school bus for neighborhood

    Mike Garcia and his grandson live on the east side of town, but the grandson attends West Las Vegas High School.

    Garcia, who lives with his grandson, says he or his wife take their grandson to school every day. They live in the Country Acres subdivision north of town and would like to have a West bus to be able pick up children in that area.

    He said he even has received an assurance from a West board member that the district could take a bus to Country Acres but that West would need approval from the Las Vegas City Schools to cross the districts’ common boundary.

  • OPTIC POWER PICKS leaderboard

    OPTIC POWER PICKS

    Official League Standings, Top 20

    PLAYER, TOTAL WINS, (LAST WEEK'S PICKS)

    T-1. Geri Chavez, 10 (Car, Cin, GB, Jax, KC, Ind, NYG, Wash, Sea, TB, Ariz, Den, NYJ, Pitt, Dal)

    T-1. James Esquibel, 10 (Car, Ten, GB, Jax, KC, Minn, NYG, Wash, Sea, Atl, Ariz, Den, NE, Pitt, Dal)

    T-1. Mary Alice Ortiz, 10 (Car, Cin, GB, Jax, KC, Ind, NYG, Wash, SF, TB, Mia, Den, NYJ, Pitt, Dal)

  • Highlands float wins in SF Parade

    A group of Highlands University students from the rodeo team, student ambassador program, and student senate won first place in the cowboy float category at the Santa Fe Fiestas Parade Sept. 7.

    The recruitment office at Highlands coordinated the Cowboy float in both the Santa Fe Fiestas Parade and the State Fair Parade Sept. 6 in Albuquerque.

  • HU group makes illegal donation

    The Highlands University Foundation has violated federal tax law by donating to a political campaign. Now, the group is trying to get the money back.

    Recently, the Optic discovered that the foundation, whose main purpose is to provide scholarships to students, gave $250 last September to the campaign of state Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocat.

    The foundation is a charitable nonprofit in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service. To enjoy that status, such groups are forbidden from donating to political campaigns.

  • Earth-driven

    For the last several years, students at Memorial Middle School have become tuned in to a variety of earth-friendly ways of growing food and harnessing energy.

    Using the Agricultural Science Center as a learning tool, kids have built wind turbines, studied solar power and methods of composting, and used their greenhouse for experiments.

  • Vatos rugby 1-1 to start season

    After winning their first game of the season 33-17 against a Albuquerque Rugby Football Club Development Side, the young Vatos moved to 1-1 with a hard-fought 45-35 loss to a strong, physical El Paso-UTEP RFC this past Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    “I was very impressed with the Vatos’ courage and toughness against a solid El Paso-UTEP team who had many experienced players from their good youth rugby program there, “ said Coach Dick Greene. “It was a very high-impact game with massive hitting and hard running.”