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Today's News

  • Stu Clark Tourney, day two update

    The medal round is set at the 55th Stu Clark Tournament.

    On Tuesday, Artesia ran over Shiprock 73-47 in one semifinal and Rio Grande outdueled West Las Vegas 76-65 in the other, setting up a Bulldogs vs. Ravens matchup in Wednesday night's championship game.

    Also Tuesday at New Mexico Highlands' Wilson Complex, St. Pius X beat Robertson 55-39, and Bernalillo came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to overtake Portales 56-45.

  • COLUMN: Predictions past

    SANTA FE — It’s time to see how I did on my 2008 predictions.

    For beginners, I picked the winners of the four open congressional seats. Remember, at this point last year, candidates hadn’t even filed yet.

    U.S. Senate — Tom Udall over Steve Pearce. Right, all the way. Udall and Pearce won their primaries. Udall took the general election.

    1st Congressional District — Daren White over Martin Heinrich. White and Heinrich both won their primaries. Heinrich took the general election. Score me only 2 out of 3 on that one.

  • Man dies in crash on U.S. 84

    A Tecolotito-area man died in a car accident on an icy road Sunday, state police said.

    Valentin Montoya, 69, was pronounced dead at the site of the accident, state police Lt. Craig Martin said. The crash happened shortly before 10 a.m.

    Montoya was headed south on U.S. Highway 84, 21 miles south of Interstate 25, when he lost control of his car because of the icy road, Martin said. Montoya struck a car going north on the highway.

  • EDITORIAL: A community's coorespondent

    Last week, we lost a valuable colleague in Ricky DeHerrera, the Optic’s Mora County correspondent for 37 years. He died last week at the too-young age of 65.

    His work for this newspaper kept us in touch with current events in Mora, but more than that, his dedication to his community and the Optic brings back memories of how things used to be.

  • Baby arrives shortly after New Year

    Las Vegas’ first baby of the new year was born at 12:59 a.m. New Year’s Day at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. Baby Devon Trujillo weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces.

    Baby Devon was welcomed by his parents Emarena Buchanan and Richard Trujillo along with sister Kiaya and brother Christian. Devon’s maternal grandparents are Larry and Maryann Buchanan and paternal grandfather William Trujillo, all from Springer, N.M.

    Devon received a gift package from the hospital welcoming him as the first born of the year.

  • Denish to stay in second spot

    SANTA FE — It’s back to second fiddle for Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

    Denish’s plans and preparations to take over New Mexico’s top job came to a screeching halt on Sunday with Gov. Bill Richardson’s surprise announcement that he won’t be leaving after all.

    The Democratic governor, citing an ongoing federal investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract, withdrew as President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of commerce.

  • LETTER: What's happened to Vegas' pride

    It does seem to me that the road Las Vegas chose is far from the goals I remember the community was looking for.

    For starters, where did the pride for community go? My last visit was so disappointing that I left in a depressed state. As a child and young adult, I always felt intense pride in every aspect of the community.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I would like to thank all my sponsors who helped me be in this year’s Albuquerque Pageant.

    Without your help, I wouldn’t have been able to be this year’s third runner up. I appreciate everything you have done for me.

    Phylisia Dimas

    Las Vegas

  • 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.