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Today's News

  • Anaya defends 2004 decision

    Six years later, former Gov. Toney Anaya says selecting Manny Aragon as Highlands University president was “the right decision at the time.”

    “We were looking at pursuing a different course for Highlands,” Anaya said in a recent interview.

    In 2004, Anaya was president of the Board of Regents when the panel selected state Senate leader Manny Aragon as president.

  • Family helps children in war-torn Juarez

    By Alfredo Corchado
    Dallas Morning News

    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Even in this neighborhood where gunbattles keep them awake at night, the children are filled with the anticipation of Christmas. Heidi wants a doll. Nayeli craves cream-filled chocolates. Nancy dreams of roller skates.

  • A big bowl of Stu

    The 57th annual Stu Clark Tournament begins its three-day run Tuesday in Las Vegas.

    First session of the tourney (1 p.m.) pits St. Pius X against West Mesa. The second game  matches Atrisco Heritage, against Bernalillo.

    In the evening session (6 p.m.), the Meadow City’s boys take center stage. Robertson and Portales play in a matchup of two top 10 Class 3A teams. And in the nightcap, West Las Vegas faces Silver.

  • Quintana in bad form

    The Las Vegas Optic didn’t seek out LeeEtte Quintana for the latest episode of East’s superintendent saga. She sought us out, and we must admit to being mildly surprised that she would choose us as a way to criticize the school board for passing her over as interim superintendent.

  • As It Is: Thank you, Las Vegas

    A couple of years ago, I was walking to my car on the other side of town. It was during a big snowstorm.

    I was on Eighth Street around 7 p.m., my hood tied tight around my head. It was dark, so you couldn’t make out who I was. Snow covered me.

    A couple of women — looked to be in their 30s — stopped and asked me if I needed a ride to where I was going. They said I must have been cold.

    Their offer impressed me. They had no idea who I was. They didn’t know my race, my nationality, my economic status.

  • Noticias-Dec. 27, 2010

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 27, 2010

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Carnegie Library. The theme will be “New Year’s Celebration.” The book will be “Goodbye Old Year, Hello New Year” by Frank Modell. The craft will be a New Year’s dream collage.

    FRIDAY VIERNES
    • San Miguel County offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 31 and will reopen on Monday. Jan. 3.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING EL PORVENIR    

  • City: Cleanup progress made

    A resident who has filled her house with trash for years has moved somewhere else. So the problem appears to have improved some — except for when she visits her old place, an official said last week.

    The neighbors of Gordy Maxine Thatcher-Godfrey have objected for years to the junk she collects around town and then puts in her front yard and in her house on Tilden Street.

    The neighbors fear that her house is pulling down the values of their homes.

  • A man for all reasons

    The trim gentleman in a cowboy hat, rain slicker and cowboy boots strides across the already snow-covered entryway: one could almost imagine his, “Howdy, Ma’am” greeting.

    But no, that was not his utterance, and as he crossed the threshold into the house, he wiped his boots on the mat. Despite his outward appearance, this was no “rowdy cowboy.”

  • Candidates file for school board seats

    All three West Las Vegas school board incumbents whose seats are up for election are running again.

    For the Las Vegas City Schools, only member Patrick Romero is seeking to stay.

    Tuesday was filing day for school board candidates around New Mexico. The election is Feb. 1.

    West board members Kenny Lujan, Gary Gold and Caroline Lopez filed candidacies for second four-year terms.

    Lujan is facing Henry Abeyta Sr., while Lopez is up against Marvin Martinez.