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Today's News

  • LETTER: Bless the beasts in humanity's care

    One morning, about a week ago, a puppy ran in front of my car on the Eighth Street Extension and was killed. Had the puppy’s owner cared enough (or had common sense) to keep the puppy fenced in or tied up in its yard, not only would it be safe from traffic, wild pack dogs or other predators, but both the dog’s final suffering and my grief could have been avoided.

  • Suazo: Politics influences hiring

    Think hiring decisions in local government agencies are based on politics?

    Some local officials deny that’s the case, but Marty Suazo, San Miguel County’s Democratic Party chairman for the last decade, freely admits that politics plays a role.

    In a Oct. 23 story in the Washington Post, Suazo talked about how government dominates the local economy. He noted that 75 percent of the jobs are government-driven.

  • Habitual offender will go to prison

    Marvin Martinez, after three violent rampages and two DWIs, has been sentenced to prison time.

    Martinez, 22, has engaged in several violent incidents since January 2007, resulting in numerous felony and misdemeanor charges against him.

    According to police reports and court documents, Martinez had at various times kidnapped his girlfriend; beat her with a beer bottle, a telephone and his fists; attempted to run several people over with his vehicle; done extensive property damage; and been caught twice driving while drunk.

  • Polar Bear plungers show bravery

    Longtime Polar Bears Philip Romero and Tito Chavez have spearheaded the annual New Year’s Day plunge into the icy waters at Storrie Lake for years and in recent times it has become an event that brings huge crowds from all over New Mexico.

    Chavez was among a group of seven brave souls, who, on New Year’s Day in 1994, chopped away at the ice and became one of the founding members of the Las Vegas Polar Bears Club. The small but determined group consisted of six men and one woman and has grown in size each year.

  • Local leaders take oaths of office

    The New Year will see changes in local leadership.

    On Tuesday, swearing-in ceremonies were held for a number of local offices.

    Local attorney Matt Sandoval took the oath as the new district judge in the ballroom at Highlands University. Nearly 500 people attended the event.

    Sandoval defeated Gerald Baca in the Democratic primary in June for a judgeship that covers San Miguel, Guadalupe and Mora counties. No Republicans ran for the office.

  • DeHerrera a ‘public servant’

    MORA — He was remembered as “a man for all seasons” and someone who has performed many tasks in life, including 26 years of military service to his country.

    More than that, he was remembered as a “public servant” in his lifelong home of Mora Valley, where he remained active in community affairs, primarily through the schools, sports and, for 37 years, as a correspondent for the Las Vegas Optic.

  • The year in quotes

    A miscellaneous collection of comments taken by Optic reporters over the course of 2008:

    January

    “It was shocking. ... I just didn’t think about it before I jumped in, and it was ‘whoa.’”

    — Rosie Lanphere, who jumped into Storrie Lake on New Year’s Day 2008 with her friends, and quickly emerged to talk about it.

    “We don’t waste any water at all. ... We have multiple kids sharing the same bathtub, and we’re constantly reusing water.”

  • New Year’s event to be in remodeled ballroom

    Attendees at tonight’s New Year’s Eve Black Tie and Blue Jeans Charity Ball will be among the first to enjoy the newly remodeled Ilfeld Ballroom of the Historic Plaza Hotel.

    In addition, the event will benefit El Centro Family Health and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico.

    The event will feature two bands, dancing, psychics, both live and silent auctions, excellent dining, and a midnight buffet with a champagne toast.

  • Robertson assaults lead the list

    Few things in Las Vegas in 2008 have been discussed more than the turmoil surrounding Robertson High School in the aftermath of sexual assaults at a football camp that has led to expulsions, charges, hard feelings and lawsuits.

    The repercussions of the assaults, in which a half dozen perpetrators allegedly used broomsticks with which to sodomize younger fellow members of the Robertson Cardinals football team, are likely to redound for years.

    Rounding out the top ten news stories, as selected by a sampling of members of the Optic’s staff and editorial board, are:

  • Stu Clark Tournament update, session one

    John Martinez stepped up at the right time Monday night, and as a result his West Las Vegas Dons are moving on in the 55th Stu Clark Tournament.

    With West trailing Portales 17-8 in the opening-round game, Martinez drifted out to the left wing and nailed a three-point basket. He went on to score the next two buckets as well, sparking an 11-0 run to quickly get the Dons back in it.