Local News

  • Quintana prevails in Co-op race

    Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op Chairman Robert Quintana trounced his opponent in the race for the District 2 board of trustees position.

    Quintana beat challenger Rock Ulibarri by a more than two-to-one margin, garnering 246 votes to Ulibarri’s 105.

    The results were announced Thursday evening, minutes after the voting concluded. The news drew a thunderous applause from Quintana’s supporters. Quintana and Ulibarri then walked toward one another and shook hands.

    Quintana declined to comment on his victory on Thursday.

  • Vigil facing tough foe in primary

    The legislative race that has arguably drawn the most intrigue in San Miguel County is the matchup between Incumbent Richard Vigil and challenger Tomás Salazar.

    Vigil and Salazar are vying for the Democratic nomination for the District 70 House seat, which encompasses the vast majority of San Miguel County — including Las Vegas— and portions of Santa Fe and Torrance counties.

    Because there is no Republican challenger, the candidate winning in the June 5 primary is all but guaranteed the two-year term.

  • Looking Back - May 28, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, May 27 — Sixteen young people will receive their diplomas at commencement exercises of Las Vegas High School, at the Duncan Opera House. Dr. Frank N.H. Roberts, president of the New Mexico Normal University, will deliver the address.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 28, 2012

    Fair Association board meets this Tuesday

    The San Miguel/Mora County Fair Association Board of Directors is meeting at 7 p.m. this Tuesday to consider and vote on proposed by-law changes. Meeting time is 7 p.m. at the county fairgrounds. Any member who has paid dues is eligible to vote. A copy of the proposed changes is available at the County Extension Offices in San Miguel and Mora counties.

  • Weather - May 28, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south. Clear at night, with a low around 50.

    Sunny, with a high near 82. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 54.

    Sunny, with a high near 81. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 52.


  • NMHU’s Torres holding fundraiser for Italy trip

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University music student is one of only 10 students worldwide selected to participate in a Summer Guitar Institute in Tuscany, Italy.

    Daniel Torres, an 18-year-old Las Vegas native, will train at the Volterra Project from July 10-18. The project is an innovative experiment in classical guitar training founded and directed by acclaimed Italian guitarist Antigoni Goni.

  • Plaza headed to auction block

    There’s no question that the stunning renovations to the Plaza Hotel’s Ilfeld building boosted the property’s stature, but the millions poured into rehabbing the historic structure  along with increased operating costs have left the hotel in financial hot water.

    The owners of the hotel have been placed on notice that the bank that holds the mortgage on the property is beginning the process to take over the hotel, proprietor William “Wid” Slick confirmed this week.

  • Senior Profile Pat Halverson

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    If there is a term for the recurring motif in the life of the Rev. Pat Halverson, it might be “togetherness.” The term applies to various aspects of her life, including her marriage to Dr. Cordell (Corky) Halverson.

  • Mayor told to sign law or resign

    It’s been more than seven weeks since the City Council voted 3-1 to approve an anti-fracking ordinance, but the law has yet to be added to the municipal code book because of the mayor’s refusal to sign it.

    On Wednesday, supporters of the controversial community rights ordinance showed up en masse to confront Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, telling him he had no authority to block the ordinance and calling on the Council to remove him from office if he refuses to sign it.

  • Treasurer hopeful outspending rivals

    If the race for San Miguel County treasurer comes down to the amount of money each candidate has spent on the campaign, then Viola Vigil should have no problem capturing the post.

    Vigil began the race with $45,000 in her campaign war chest, and as of the latest campaign finance filing date, she had spent $23,596. None of her opponents come close.