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Today's News

  • KICKOFF 2008: WLV soccer

    Building a program from scratch isn’t for the faint of heart. Perhaps that’s why West Las Vegas turned to RosaKay Carrillo when it decided to launch a soccer team.

    A former college player whose passion for the sport is a family tradition, Carrillo was entrusted with this construction project in 2007. The blueprint involved recruiting players generally new to soccer, developing their skills and waiting.

    Waiting for a home field to practice and play on.

    Waiting at least a year for the team to be upgraded to varsity standing.

  • LV boxer Crespin turns pro Aug. 30

    Las Vegas welterweight Arturo Crespin will make his professional boxing debut on Saturday, Aug. 30, as part of a full card at Sky City Casino in Acoma.

    It’s been a long time coming for Crespin, who has developed a strong reputation as an amateur fighter over the past decade. The 18-year-old West Las Vegas alumnus has long been trained by his father, Carlos Crespin, who also had a notable career in the ring.

  • The art of caring

    A tiny gray rock outlined in craggy black paint rolls against a stack of comic-book Stonehenge slabs.

    The stones expand in an exponential arc, a burst dam of yellow-red emotion mixed with icy blue spikes. The large abstract expression calls to mind subdivision sprawl, the furious cell-division chaos of mother earth egg and tractor sperm. Las Vegas artist Dakota Mills’ oil painting, “Reproduction,” asks the viewer to step inside the collective hive mind — an unsettling place of highway noise and microwave energy.

  • KICKOFF 2008: NMHU soccer

    Ron Blue invested much of the last few seasons building his team’s defensive backfield.

    Somehow, it up and vanished on him this past offseason.

    Time ran out for all-region goalkeeper McKayla Dorman, and for reliable four-year letterwinners Nikki Garcia and Nicole Parra-Perez, who helped the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team reach the postseason and develop a culture of improvement and growth.

  • Vigil, Ortega acquitted

    A jury on Friday acquitted West Las Vegas' former bilingual director, Roberta Vigil, and her assistant, Beverly Ortega, of charges that they cheated the state government out of money.

    It served as a setback for the state attorney general's office, which is trying to prove corruption in West's bilingual department during Vigil's reign.

    The jury's decision came after defense attorneys had argued that the state's case boiled down to office and small-town politics

  • Angel Fire festival in Las Vegas

    This summer, celebrate the power of music through the 25th Anniversary Season of Music from Angel Fire, the Festival that brings chamber music to the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

  • Fiesta planned for students

    All kinds of activities at Luna Community College, Highlands University, United World College, West Las Vegas High School and Robertson High School have been offered as students return to class.

    Luna served a barbecue during welcome-back days for students. Highlands also had the barbecue pit fired up as the president welcomed back students for the fall semester, the United World College staff has been busy shuttling incoming students from the airport in Albuquerque to the campus in Montezuma, and Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools are getting ready for another year.

  • Medical glimpses of the past

    The National Park Service and Fort Union National Monument announces its monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation. The program will be held at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas, Thursday Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

  • Harvesting water, reusing newspaper

    I will be teaching a continuing education course at Luna Community College soon. The topic is “water harvesting and watershed restoration.” It occurred to me, though, that since this is an esoteric subject maybe I should share with Optic readers some basic knowledge on the topic.

  • Vigil loses license

    From AP and Staff Reports

    SANTA FE — The state Education Department has revoked the teaching license of Roberta Vigil, a former West Las Vegas school district bilingual program director accused of corruption.

    State Education Secretary Veronica Garcia signed an order Aug. 13 yanking Vigil’s license.