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Today's News

  • Official: Vets have much to teach

    Sometimes when veterans go to schools, the children see them only as old guys, the commander of a National Guard unit says, but the students should understand that they are much more than that.

    John David Sedillo, commander of the National Guard’s 615th Battalion, told a crowd at Tuesday’s Veterans Day ceremony that veterans have experienced much defending America’s freedoms, and they have valuable lessons to teach everyone else.

  • LETTER: Wind turbines can go elsewhere

    For the past two years Invenergy has been setting up to build a 47 turbine wind farm on the mesa ridge above our house. Many in our community are just now learning about it. More specifically the location is right by Starvation Peak, on the historic Santa Fe Trail and Route 66 and the scenic Pecos valley off Highway 3.

    It is a beautiful landscape and right by a community that has been able to live a sustainable, low-impact, small-farm lifestyle for generations, thanks to the Pecos River frontage. We live off the grid producing our electricity from solar panels.

  • WINTER 08-09 SPORTS SCHEDULE

    Nov. 15: NMHU men’s basketball vs. Eastern New Mexico, 8 p.m., Wilson Complex; NMHU wrestling at Wyoming Open, 9 a.m., Laramie, Wyo.

    Nov. 17: NMHU women’s basketball vs. Eastern New Mexico, 6 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Nov. 21: NMHU men’s basketball at College of the Southwest, TBA, Laguna Acoma; NMHU women’s basketball at Cameron, 1 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    Nov. 22: NMHU women’s basketball at Willamette, 1 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.; NMHU cross country at NCAA II Nationals, TBA, Slippery Rock, Pa.

  • Fill posts as soon as possible

    In dramatic fashion, the City Council voted to fire six department directors in June, but more than four months later, the city has yet to fill any of these positions.

    City Manager Sharon Caballero said the slowness in hiring new people is purposeful because the city wants to take advantage of vacancy savings in a difficult budget year.

  • Sex offenders in Las Vegas

    To the citizens of Las Vegas: This letter is to make you aware that the Stop Program (Sex Offenders Treatment Unit) at the Behavior Health Institute, otherwise known as the Las Vegas Medical Center, is releasing sex offenders to our community. This presents a concern for our kids, who are vulnerable to these predators. Just look at the Sex Offenders Registry. There are about four sex offenders that are from the Las Vegas area. The rest come from other cities.

  • Homeland Security praises Highlands

    Submitted to the Optic

    A representative from the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management praised New Mexico Highlands University for its recent improvements in campus security.

    “You have a terrific school, and your folks are doing a great job,” Rudy Holmes, an emergency preparedness coordinator for the department, wrote to Highlands officials.

    Holmes toured Highlands University Oct. 28 and reviewed the university’s emergency plans. In his initial report, Holmes commended the university for:

  • Local youth to be honored

    Submitted to the Optic

     ALBUQUERQUE—Estevan B. Flores II, of Las Vegas, has been nominated for the Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award for his community service work. Estevan, age 19, got a taste for politics when he was elected New Mexico Boys State Governor in 2007.

    He also served as class president for his senior year of high school and worked with the City of Las Vegas Youth Commission, as well as done community service work for the San Miguel County Detention Center and keep America Beautiful. His goal — to become president of the United States.

  • Green- it's not the new black

    Environmental friendliness, or what we call “green,” is enjoying unprecedented popularity. Hollywood celebrities can now be seen on cable TV showing off the solar panels on their multi-million dollar mansions.

    Indeed, you will even hear that “green is the new black.”

    On one level, that’s great. It’s hard to find fault with people seeking to reduce their environmental footprint. But on another level, it’s troubling.

  • Can’t make bail, still in jail

    Gilberto Reyes, the former professional baseball player, has been in the county jail for nearly 11 months, and he has yet to be tried on charges of distribution of drugs.

    It looks like he’ll be waiting a few months longer.

    On Wednesday, District Judge Gerald Baca rejected a petition from Reyes challenging his detention. Baca said such a request is normally reserved for after convictions.

    “Good luck,” the judge told Reyes at the end of the hearing.

    Reyes smiled and thanked Baca.

  • Highlands sponsors institutes

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University will sponsor the 17th annual Back to School Family Institute Nov. 13-14 in Albuquerque along with the 10th annual Youth Leadership Institute.