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Today's News

  • Noticias - Jan. 1, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 1, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Annual Polar Bear Plunge, noon on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Storrie Lake State Park off Highway 518, north of Las Vegas. This year the park will charge the regular entrance fee to participate in the plunge that will take place promptly at noon.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    • The Board of Trustees of the Tecolote Land Grant will meet at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Tecolote Community Center in Tecolote. Heirs are urged to attend. For more information, call Joe I. Herrera at 575-427-1141.

  • Target licenses

    A Rio Rancho lawmaker wants to change state law so that students who are habitually cutting class could lose their driver’s licenses.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that State Sen. Craig Brandt has already filed a bill in advance of the legislative session that begins Jan. 21.

    Brandt told the newspaper he believes it’s time to hold teens who habitually play hookey responsible for their actions, saying, “They hold dear their driver’s license. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Being able to lose that privilege is huge.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 1, 2014
  • Work of Art — Try the ‘interrobang’

    An old-time commercial that advertised a controlled, measured laxative featured a woman asking the rhetorical question about prunes: “Is one enough? Are three too many?”

    That question goes right up my alley, but my preference is to think of too few/too many in the context of punctuation marks. Specifically, I believe people are slaves to the notion that “If one is good for you, two  are even better.” We can use that analogy when discussing aspirin, Tums, cough syrup, cigarettes and burgers.

  • Tourney had solid individual efforts

    Although this past week’s Stu Clark Tournament didn’t bring the team finishes they might have hoped for, the West Las Vegas Dons and Robertson Cardinals did take a couple of things away.

    One is the valuable experience gained from playing some quality opponents — particularly the finalists, champion Atrisco Heritage out of Albuquerque and runner-up Central from Arizona.

    The other is the knowledge that they had some good moments themselves.

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  • Black Monday: Ax falls on 5 NFL coaches

    The Associated Press

    It didn’t take long.

    Barely 12 hours after the NFL’s regular season ended, five head coaches were unemployed.

    Fired on Monday were Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano.

    The Cleveland Browns didn’t even wait that long, dismissing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after just one season on the job.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 1, 2014

    Wednesday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Northern Rio Grande Tournament (featuring Mora and Pecos boys and girls), TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B) at Clayton tourney, TBA, Clayton
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men vs. Metro State, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Northern Rio Grande Tournament (featuring Mora and Pecos boys and girls), TBA, Jacona

  • Bombings raise Olympic concerns

    The Associated Press

    LONDON — IOC President Thomas Bach expressed full confidence Monday that Russian authorities will deliver a “safe and secure” Olympics in Sochi despite the two deadly suicide bombings in southern Russia that heightened concerns about the terrorist threat to the Winter Games.

    The International Olympic Committee said Bach wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin to offer his condolences following the attacks on Sunday and Monday that killed more than 30 people in Volgograd.

  • Busy month for narcotics agents

    A 28-year-old Las Vegas woman is in hot water after authorities say she sold an undercover police officer $160 worth of crack cocaine in the Walmart parking lot earlier this month.

    Worse yet, the woman had her three young children in the backseat when she handled the drug sell, according to court documents. Now Kimberly G. Tapia, of the 700 block of Calle De Leon, is facing three third-degree felony counts of abandonment or abuse of a child on top of several drug charges.

    But Tapia isn’t alone.