Today's News

  • 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.

  • KICKOFF 2008: RHS soccer

    Two years ago, Clarence Montoya and Ray Parks guided their Robertson boys’ and girls’ soccer teams to dual district championships — a first for the school in the sport.

    In spite of some key losses to graduation, both clubs have a great shot at duplicating that feat.

    For Parks’ Lady Cardinals, another district title would mean a threepeat on the heels of last year. While they’ve lost a few strong athletes, the core remains intact. Ari Trujillo, a speedy scoring threat, is back. So is captain Samantha Marshall, an expressive leader.

  • Police bolster claims

    State police said Thursday that they have evidence that supports the claims of Robertson High School freshmen football players who allege they were violently attacked as part of a hazing ritual.

    The accusations included a claim that at least one student was sodomized with a broomstick. State police Capt. Robert Shilling of the agency’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, said investigators have evidence that substantiates that specific claim as well.

  • Man says he helped with math questions

    SANTA FE — Michael Tripp says he helped out with a few math problems at the West Las Vegas bilingual office four years ago. He probably never expected to think about it again.

    But he has — many times.

    Tripp, who graduated from West Las Vegas High School in 2005, is one of two key state witnesses in the case against West Las Vegas’ former bilingual director, Roberta Vigil, and her assistant, Beverly Ortega.

  • Golf course rededicated

    Highlands University’s Gene Torres Golf Course is now open to the public after a ribbon-cutting ceremony that rededicated the refurbished links on the northeast side of town.

    Whether you play golf or not, the golf course is a little oasis that is just another asset that makes Las Vegas a unique little city tucked away in the Sangre de Cristos, officials said.

    President Jim Fries told a large crowd at the ribbon-cutting that the renovation cost around $3 million.

  • DA sends hazing case to Santa Fe

    The local district attorney is sending the high-profile Robertson High School hazing case to his counterpart in Santa Fe.

    District Richard Flores said in a statement Wednesday that he had met with state police officials last Thursday after allegations surfaced about hazing at an RHS football camp. He said he immediately recognized names of those involved in the case.

  • Judge questions state's case

    SANTA FE — Near the end of the trial’s second day, a district judge questioned the basis for the state’s case against the West Las Vegas school district’s former bilingual director and her assistant.

    A defense attorney suggested he would ask the judge to find that the state had failed to provide sufficient evidence and dismiss the case.

    The judge said he would address such a request.

  • Court planning amnesty week

    Las Vegas Municipal Court is designating the first week of September as Amnesty Week.

    As such, people with outstanding municipal warrants can go to the court and make arrangements for fulfilling obligations such as paying fines.

    If they don’t, the court promises a number of warrant stings after September during the early morning hours and the holidays, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo said this week.