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Today's News

  • 2nd RHS suspect pleads

    SANTA FE — A second former Robertson High School football player has entered a plea to charges in a case in which six older players were accused of sodomizing younger ones at a preseason camp last August.

    Santiago Armijo on Tuesday pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted criminal sexual penetration.

    Armijo is to be sentenced April 24. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he will be sentenced as a juvenile, and could be held by the state Children, Youth and Families Department until he’s 21.

  • Hometown Heroes: Teachers get appreciation

    You’ve read about their accomplishments. They are the people in the Meadow City who are your children’s second parents. They are the teachers.

    Robertson High School’s Gary Leger is out of town being recognized at the national level. Year after year, this teacher’s FFA students return home with state and national honors. He continues in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who began and continued the program he now teaches.

  • COLUMN: Time for movie, book quiz

    It’s time for another round of whimsical titles of movies, TV programs and books. The rules are simple: React to the clue and make a minor change in the title. Most of the works have only a single letter altered, but the correct answer may also depend on a rhyme.

    For example: In this movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger works as a remorseless, opinionated and efficient hairdresser. Answer: The Permanator (The Terminator).

    Ready?

    1. Denzel Washington creates a team at Wiley College that is so good, he’ll give you a full refund if you’re not satisfied.

  • LETTER: Hospital staff deserves better

    Recently I needed to go to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for health reasons. While there, I experienced just how much the employees of the hospital deserve our praise and support for their work and dedication. Everyone in the Las Vegas/San Miguel community needs and deserves this degree of care and proper medical services. Their diligence, however, is thwarted by the hospital’s corporate owner, Community Health Systems of Tennessee.

  • City seeking auditor’s help

    The state attorney general’s office declined the city’s request to investigate former Utilities Director George DuFour for possible fraud in adjusting customers’ utility accounts.

    Now, the city has approached the state auditor’s office.

    Carlos Quiñones, the city’s interim attorney, sent a letter to State Auditor Hector Balderas on March 9, requesting an investigation of bill adjustments from November 2007 to January 2009. He said he was acting at the request of Mayor Tony Marquez.

  • LETTER: Following up on letters duel

    On Feb. 12, The Optic published my letter to the editor regarding the unfairness of the federal tax code in taxing Married Joint Filers as opposed to Single Filers, especially in the taxing of Social Security benefits. I have been trying to get our congressional delegation to do something about this inequity for the last 15 years. Now that same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships are in the news, I had more of an argument to rectify the problem that punishes Married Joint Filers when taxing Social Security benefits.

  • Campos’ name on dorms?

    Members of a club connected to Highlands University asked the school’s Board of Regents this week to name a number of buildings after notable people, including state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas.

    H-Club President Ted Maestas, along with club members Mel Root and Ron Maestas, stood before the regents during Wednesday’s regular meeting to pitch their ideas for naming of buildings and facilities. The H-Club recognizes the school’s athletes.

  • EDITORIAL: A Secretive City Hall

    Unfortunately, the Las Vegas city attorney is advising the City Council to keep secrets from the public. Appropriately, he tried to give such advice in secret. It didn’t quite work out the way he wanted.

  • Correction

    Mike Sweeney is a former employee for the area acequias association, not a current leader. A story in last Wednesday’s Optic contained incorrect information.

  • Cowboys stun No. 13 Wolves, win series

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys have started to roll as they have won three straight in a four-game series over nationally ranked No. 13 Colorado State-Pueblo.

    The Cowboys took the first three games by scores of 2-1, 20-4 and 17-16.

    Game one was a pitchers' duel as NMHU’s Drew Vassil and CSU-Pueblo's Mario Mattivi squared off. Vassil took this battle as he allowed only eight hits and one earned run in his nine-inning complete game performance. Vassil struck out four CSUP batters en route to his fourth win of the season.