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Today's News

  • Cards win Jag invite

    Daniel Martinez earned Outstanding Middleweight Wrestler honors — not to mention a 160-pound championship — in this past Friday’s 21st annual Jaguar Invitational, now a one-day event.

    In all, six Cardinals won individual titles, helping Robertson cruise to a team championship with 250.5 team points, ahead of Goddard, Santa Fe High and host Capital.

    Richard Montoya (103 lbs.), James Gonzales (125), Jeremy Valdez (135), Troy Estrada (145), and heavyweight Gabe Lovato joined Martinez in winning their weight classes.

  • Good Sports
  • Challenges for new CEO

    Congratulations to Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, who, after about three months as interim CEO, now takes the reins on a more permanent basis. We wish her well.

    We anticipate she will be welcomed as an important leader in our city, since the local hospital is such a critical element to the area’s quality of life. And she’s off to a good start, having been introduced to the community through her interim position. So far she’s left a good impression.

  • Work of Art: A friend of Elizabeth Edwards

    By Art Trujillo

    Las Vegas Optic

    The world lost a bright, dedicated, articulate woman last week when Elizabeth Ed-wards died of breast cancer. She was the estranged wife of John Edwards, who appeared in Las Vegas in 2004, as the Democratic running mate of John Kerry.

    John Edwards sought the presidential nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama. One person who knew the late Mrs. Edwards well is Kate Lockwood, a nurse and massage therapist from Las Vegas.

  • Noticias-Dec. 15, 2010

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

    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. However, the service will be unavailable on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, In observance for the New Year, the service will be operating from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, through Saturday, Jan. 1. Call 429-0336 for service.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 15, 2010

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Carnegie Library. The theme will be “Here comes Santa Claus.” The book and music will be “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore. The craft will be a holly wreath.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • The home and storefront decoration contest will be judged from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Applications for these events are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 503 Sixth St. For more information, call 425-8631.

  • Alta Vista’s leader selected

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s interim chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, is keeping her job permanently.

    She has served as interim CEO since Sept. 27, after the resignation of Richard Grogan. The hospital is owned by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.

    Wayne Sonchar, chairman of the hospital’s advisory board, said Acosta is an enthusiastic and accomplished leader who will be a good fit for the hospital and community.  

  • Return of Renaissance
  • Leader’s resignation accepted

    Las Vegas City Schools board members accepted the resignation of Superintendent Rick Romero at last week’s meeting. However, one board member praised the superintendent.

    Board member Phillip Vigil said, “I personally want to thank him very much for all his help, and for all the hardships he went through, and still he stayed. A lot of superintendents would have left on Day 29.”
    He was referring to the attacks on players during a football camp that happened soon after Romero took office.

  • Economist: Keep young in county

    San Miguel County needs more younger residents for its economy to improve.

    “Your population is getting older quickly. The population you’re losing is from 20 to 40 years old, which is demographically the sweet spot,” said Jeffrey Mitchell of the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

    Employers are increasingly relying on technically-skilled employees, requiring more flexibility, he said.