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Today's News

  • Coca wins in Marilyn meet

    Miguel Coca made a convincing claim on the title of fastest mile runner in New Mexico, finishing first in the Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions on Monday in Albuquerque.

    The Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions is an annual invitation-only track and field competition hosted at the University of New Mexico’s complex. It’s a de facto all-star meet bringing top prep athletes from different school classifications together for each individual event.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 22-25

    SUNDAY (April 22)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 1:05 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
    Soccer
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC campus, Montezuma
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field

  • CYFD cabinet secretary makes stop in Las Vegas

    Monique Jacobson, cabinet secretary for the Children Youth and Families Department, plans to emphasize one fact as she visits staff around the state: CYFD serves the children.

    She stopped in Las Vegas Wednesday morning, and had scheduled appearances in Raton, Eagle Nest, Taos, and Española for Thursday.  
    Jacobson formerly worked in the state’s tourism department for four years. She became CYFD cabinet secretary in 2015. She spoke of her challenges.

  • Film industry officials hope next governor boosts business

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Officials in New Mexico’s film and television industry say a new governor may help boost business for film production in the state.

    Gubernatorial hopefuls seeking to succeed term-limited Gov. Susana Martinez say some potentially consequential tweaks to the state’s film and television tax incentive program could round out this increasingly prominent piece of the state economy, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

  • Noticias, Friday, April 20, 2018

    Submit yourcalendar items and notices to jbrooks@lasvegasoptic.com.

    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

  • Luna student has eyes on more credentials

    Luna Community College

    Kimberley Padilla is on track to earn a certificate from Luna Community College soon. That would be the first of not one, not two, not three, but four certificates or degrees she wants to pursue.

    A native of Mora, Padilla is expected to graduate in fall 2018 with a certificate in Automotive Collision Repair Technology. She is also interested in earning a business management, culinary arts and cosmetology certificate.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, April 20, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: COMMUNICATE, DON’T REPLICATE
    Three wonderful, important, family-oriented cultural opportunities are all scheduled to happen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.  They all deserve a thumb UP, but the fact that they are scheduled at the same time — more or less — on the same day, drives some folks crazy.

  • Enveloped by drought and short-sightedness

    Oh, what a difference a year makes.

    Last year, the U.S. Drought Monitor map showed about half of New Mexico was in an “abnormally dry” condition, with only a tiny portion in the northeastern corner of the state actuall suffering from “moderate drought.”

    Now, that little corner of the state is suffering from “extreme” or “exceptional” drought conditions while most of the rest of the state is now in “severe” or “extreme” drought.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 20, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, April 20, 2018.

  • Tripp to leave WLV post

    For a second time, Richard Tripp is retiring from West Las Vegas.

    Tripp, whose first go-round working for his alma mater included 29 years teaching English and history in addition to coaching basketball, baseball and football, said he is leaving his athletic coordinator post as of July 1. He had been serving in that capacity since 2014, lured out of retirement after a brief stint at Atrisco Heritage.