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Today's News

  • FYI - News - April 6, 2012

    Highlands University through its political science department is sponsoring question-and-answer sessions for the mayoral and council candidates running in the April 17 runoffs. The Ward 3 session will be at 5:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday. The mayoral session will be this coming Thursday. Both begin at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands’ Sininger Hall, room 100.

  • High court to decide candidacy

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to resolve a dispute over whether candidates, including Sen. Pete Campos, should remain on this year’s ballot despite missing information in their election paperwork.

    The court will hear arguments next Tuesday in several election challenges that seek to remove incumbent legislators and other candidates from the primary and general election ballots.

  • Jail Log - April 6, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March. 27 and April 3:

  • Murderer arrested in NM

    The Associated Press

    ALAMOGORDO — Alamogordo police say a convicted ax murderer has been arrested after he allegedly violated an order of protection by knocking on the door of the family home Feb. 21 where the murders occurred in 1989.

    The Alamogordo Daily News reports Albert Lueras was booked into the Otero County Detention Center on fourth-degree felony aggravated stalking and a misdemeanor violation of a restraining order. He was arraigned Monday on both charges in 12th Judicial District Court.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - April 6, 2012

    THUMBS UP! WISE DECISION. On Monday, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz sent Planning & Zoning Commission member Marvin Salazar a letter dismissing him from the volunteer position — a tough but necessary call, given the commissioner’s personal efforts to bypass the city’s process for placing a manufactured home on residential property in town.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 6, 2012
  • Dulcey Amargo - Stewed, blued and a bit unglued

    I’m sitting  around, stewing in the “melting pot” mockery that has a big, rusty patch on its underside and is ready to spew out all the mush held inside.

    Yes, I know, as former language instructor and especially as a trained technical writer, I should know better than to mix metaphors as I’ve done in the opening sentence and stick to writing clearly, accurately, and to the point. Sometimes, though, one can flout convention to make that point.

  • Nuestra Historia - Constitution approved; first election set

    On Jan. 21, 1911, the people of New Mexico went to the polls to approve the constitution which would make statehood a reality — and despite attempts in Washington over the years to change the ancient and venerable name, the first words of the new constitution proudly declared: “The name of this state is New Mexico.”

  • Montaño’s heifer wins grand champion title

    Submitted to the Optic

    Briana Montaño from O/X Ranch in Las Vegas brought home the Grand Champion title from the 2012 Houston Livestock Show. The Houston Livestock Show is the world’s largest livestock show that highlights world-class livestock. Montaño’s heifer brought the prestige title back home to the Meadow City.

    She has been showing registered Santa Gertrudis cattle since she was 7  and continues achieving success with her deep cherry red cattle.

  • Que Pasa - April 6, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • The office of the Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Friday, April 6 in observance of Good Friday. The office will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 9.
    • In observance of Good Friday the offices of San Miguel county will be closed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6. They will reopen on Monday, April 9.
    • Luna Community College will be closed on Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9 for Easter break. The college will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, April 10.