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Today's News

  • Super Bowl: No. 3 all-time broadcast

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — With a partial power outage, an overly excited quarterback and a game that suddenly turned from snoozer to sizzler, CBS had its hands full at the Super Bowl. The game fell short of setting a viewership record, but it stands as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history.

  • Cowgirls hope for home boost

    Three of the four NMHU women’s basketball wins this season have come at the Wilson Complex. Coach Tiffany Darling and company hope to get a boost from their return to their home gym.

    The Cowgirls lost both games on the road swing through southern Colorado over the weekend.

    After falling 61-36 Friday evening at Colorado State-Pueblo, they came up short in a 74-53 loss Saturday at UC-Colorado Springs —one of the best teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at 15-4 overall and 12-3 in league play.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 6, 2013

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Mesa, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls (A,B) vs. Pecos, 4 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    Softball
    • LCC at Lamar CC (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Eastern Arizona CC (DH), noon, Thatcher, Ariz.

  • Breaking: Salazar, Ortiz take East board seats

    The results of the Las Vegas City Schools Board races are in, and Ernesto Salazar has been re-elected for the Position 1 board seat.

    In the Position 5 race, Highlands professor Luis Ortiz prevailed, besting candidates Alexis Mamaux and Carlos Perea.

    Voters also approved bonds for both the East and West districts as well as West's 2-mill levy.

    Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic for complete coverage of area school board elections.

  • School chiefs push for bonds

    Three area superintendents all agree on one thing: Tuesday’s elections are all important for each district.

    Mora Schools interim Superintendent Tom Sullivan, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez and West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson all said they are in full support of each district’s General Obligation Bonds and/or Mill Levy elections.
    Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • Lessons Learned - Veteran board member moving on

    Elaine Luna’s near decade-  long tenure on the Las Vegas City Schools Board is drawing to a close.  

    “It has been an excellent time,” a soft-spoken Luna said during a recent interview. “I’ve served with about eight board members throughout this time. It has been great to absorb the knowledge that they have and the passion they all had. I hope my constituents feel that my time has been well spent, that I’ve taken care of things.”

  • Hit and runs land two men in jail

    Two men with histories of drunken driving arrests ended up behind bars again last week, each once charged with driving under the influence again and fleeing after getting into an accident.

    Michael S. Lopez, 39, of the 800 block of Kavanaugh Street and Andrew J. Galvin, 42, of the 900 block of Jackson, were both arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center last Monday. Their cases are unrelated.

  • Alta Vista hospital gets new CEO

    A native New Mexican with more than 30 years’ experience managing complex healthcare organizations has been tapped to be Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer.

    The hospital announced the appointment of Kathleen Cahill to the post in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 4, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 4, 2013

    Sustainable Homes Tour is Saturday
    The fifth annual Sustainable Homes Tour in Las Vegas will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. A self-guided tour highlights such things as a passive solar residence and ; photovoltaic arrays. The tour begins at the Arts Council building at 140 Bridge St. For more information, contact Emelie Olson at 454-3920 or eolson@desergate.com