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Today's News

  • In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

     The Associated Press

    Pastor accused of exploitation

    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal authorities say a youth pastor from Las Cruces is facing child sexual exploitation and pornography charges. They say 30-year-old Stephen Mendoza Arellano made his initial appearance last week in federal court in Albuquerque. He’s being held on a criminal complaint charging him with attempted production of child pornography, enticement of a child to engage in sexual activity, and travel to meet a minor to engage in sexual conduct.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

    Friday, Oct. 20

    A Zhikr, or Sufi ceremony of remembrance, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Buena Vida Therapy building at 601 Lincoln St. in Las Vegas. There is no charge; all are welcome. Donations for relief efforts of Puerto Rico will be accepted. For information, call 505-429-4344 0r 505-426-5087.

    Saturday, Oct. 21

  • Pity the comma chasers

    I pity today’s comma chasers. They’re (we’re) the ones whose job is tantamount to digging a dozen 6-by-6-by-6 holes with a dull shovel in the hot Fort Bliss sun, in August.

    But first, let’s make it clear that: The term comma chaser doesn’t refer solely to that tiny punctuation mark but is a generic term for editors and teachers, and even parents who look over their kids’ homework.

  • True conservative turns; that’s news

    The following editorial originally appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    In the days since Sen. Bob Corker, a no-nonsense Tennessee Republican, warned that President Donald Trump’s erratic behavior could lead the nation into World War III, not a single one of his colleagues has uttered a word.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

  • Council hears utilities finance recommendations

    A specific list of finance recommendations was what a consultant brought to the Las Vegas City Council at Monday's meeting.

    Paul Cassidy, the Managing Director of New Mexico for RBC Capital Markets, painted an uphill bbattle for the city in terms of expensive projects that must be funded soon. However, he also pointed out some advantages and positive finaincial apsects to the city's situation that didn't exist a few years ago.

  • Teen suspect sought in Pecos carjacking

    Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    PECOS — The New Mexico State Police is investigating armed robberies that took place Friday in Pecos and at a nearby campground, according to a news release, and one suspect is still at large. 

    State Police first received a report of the carjacking of a male victim that occurred at an automated teller machine at about 8 a.m. Friday in Pecos. Investigators believe at least three suspects — two males and a female — were involved in this incident, but only one is in custody. 

  • City Schools meeting set for Thursday

    Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    At recent monthly meetings, the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education continued to address its enrollment through school remodeling.

    At its September meeting, the board heard about efforts to improve facilities at Los Niños Elementary School.

  • State police: Rociada resident fired shots at two men

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An 85-year-old Rociada man was taken to jail last week after police say he fired four shots at two local men during a water dispute, with a New Mexico State Police officer present.

    San Miguel Magistrate Court documents show José Aragon was taken to jail Oct. 8 on two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of negligent use of a deadly weapon near a dwelling or building. He was released on a $5,000 bond and is due back in Magistrate Court on Nov. 9.

  • Friday night football: Dons spoil Spartan homecoming

    West Las Vegas' Balizan brothers hooked up for a pair of touchdowns, and Antonio Bustamante pushed his season total to 20 as the Dons beat Bernalillo 42-7 Friday for the Spartan homecoming game.

    Estevan Gonzales returned an interception for a score, and a 2-point conversion gave the Dons an early 8-0 lead.

    West sophomore quarterback John Balizan passed to senior wideout David Balizan for a 5-yard touchdown, and the Dons led 15-0 on Isaiah Deane's extra point.