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Today's News

  • New Year’s Baby

    Marcus Barela made his grand entrance at 12:42 a.m. to officially become Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s first baby of 2011. Barela is the son of Mark Barela and Adella Jaramillo of Las Vegas and the brother to 2-year-old Ariana Barela.

    “Pretty exciting,” Jaramillo said in describing the birth of her son on New Year’s Day. “I didn’t expect to have him on New Year’s.”

  • Taking The Plunge
  • Husband facing criminal charges

    A Las Vegas man is facing criminal charges after allegedly choking his wife until she momentarily lost consciousness during an argument in their home on Dec. 17.

    State police have issued an arrest warrant for a 35-year-old Las Vegas man on charges of aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment and assault.

    According to records filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court, the alleged victim told police her husband turned violent in an argument and choked her with his right hand, causing her to “black out.”

  • Que Pasa - Jan 3, 2010

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES

    • SynergyFest Planning Committee  meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Traveler’s Café in Tapetes de Lana Weaving Center on the Plaza.The 8th annual SynergyFest will be held April 30th. SynergyFest celebrates the potential of a sustainable future for the community surrounding Las Vegas, New Mexico. The committee needs help with all areas: entertainment, logistics, vendors, workshops, publicity and fundraising. For more information, contact Cheryl Zebrowski at 505-718-6932.

  • Daunting circumstances

    Ahhh, the ebbs and flows of party politics. Two years ago, when the Democrat Barack Obama was sworn in as president, he faced a tremendous federal deficit due to the excesses of his Republican predecessor. And now, with Republican Susana Martinez as New Mexico’s governor, she enters office on the heels of a Democrat who spent the state’s tax dollars as if there were no sign of a rainy-day tomorrow. Obama and Martinez, it seems, have something in common — they’ve inherited a fiscal mess.

  • Publisher’s Note: Enter a new year

    For six years, managing editor David Giuliani occupied this spot on this particular day. But now, dedicated readers of the Optic know, he’s gone. Off to a newspaper in Illinois, where I’m confident he’ll do well.

    Giuliani was the consummate journalist. During his time at the Optic, he reported on the good, bad and ugly of our community without hesitation. I’m convinced that this newspaper and our community is better because of his work and dedication.

  • Cowboys stun No. 8 GVSU

    Now the Highlands Cowboys can say they beat the Lakers.

    No, not those Lakers — but it is a huge win nonetheless.

    New Mexico Highlands  upset Grand Valley State (Mich.) 73-69 on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., as part of the Trip Sports Grand Canyon Classic.

    GVSU’s Lakers went into the game 9-2 and ranked eighth in NCAA Division II men’s basketball.

  • Mustangs buck Cards in Stu final

    Sometimes Goliath wins.

    Bigger, stronger and every bit as quick and deadly from the perimeter, the West Mesa Mustangs (8-2) methodically galloped to victory Thursday night in the championship game of the 57th Stu Clark Tournament.

    The Class 5A Mustangs, who quickly built a double-digit lead, defeated Robertson 85-65 to win their first Stu Clark trophy. The moment was particularly sweet for West Mesa head coach Shonn Schroer, whose father Phil was head coach at Robertson back in 1983, when the Cardinals won the Stu.

  • Young to lead HU football

    New year, new Highlands football coach too.

    Eric Young has been hired as New Mexico Highlands University head football coach, the school’s athletic department announced on Thursday.

    Young most recently coached at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif. Young coached the Siskiyous Eagles for the past six seasons.

    "I'm excited to get started. This is a great opportunity to turn this program around and bring back the tradition of winning to NMHU football," Young said in a news release.

  • 2010: A look at the year’s top stories

    1 Over the last year, residents have clashed over how to regulate wind farms in San Miguel County, making it the Optic’s top story for 2010.

    The controversy brought out the issue of economic development.

    Many argued that opening the door to wind turbines would boost the area’s economy and increase tax revenue by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars every year.

    But others argued that turbines would adversely affect the area’s scenery, create constant noise for neighbors and kill wildlife.