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Today's News

  • Assessor’s office closed due to odor

    A musty odor in the San Miguel County Assessor’s Office and complaints of headaches and nausea from employees prompted county officials to shut down that suite of offices Tuesday morning. By early afternoon, all county offices had been shut down as a precautionary measure.

    They were slated to reopen to at 8 a.m. today.

    Employees who work in the Assessor’s Office were asked to go to the emergency room to get checked out, County Manager Les Montoya said. He said they all checked out OK.

  • Two arrested on DUI charges

    A Las Vegas woman was arrested and charged with driving drunk and multiple counts of abuse of a child. In an unrelated case, state police also arrested an Anton Chico man for driving under the influence and for having a pistol while intoxicated.

    Both were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Looking Back - March 19, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, March 23 — Melvin A. Hill of Las Vegas was elected district governor of Rotary for 1965-66 at the district Rotary convention in Ruidoso Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hill has been a Rotarian since 1942. He was president of the Washington, Iowa, Rotary club in 1951-52 and president of the Las Vegas club in 1961-62 He has served on a number of committees and has given programs for many Rotary Clubs. Hill is also active in Boy Scout work.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 19, 2014

    “Peanuts”-based play
    The production of “Dog See God: Confessions of a teenage Blockhead,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands University campus. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for LVAC members and seniors, and $5 for students with I.D. Not appropriate for children.

  • Weather - March 19, 2014

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 54. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 26. West wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:06 a.m. to 7:12 p.m.

  • Kudos to Highlands

    There’s no question that New Mexico Highlands University traveled a long and rocky road to get to where it’s currently at with its Student Union Building.

    The building was over budget and late, and coming up with the resources to complete it put the university in quite a bind.

    But now that it is complete, it’s a beautiful glass structure that beckons out to the community with its Einstein Bagels eatery and many other amenities.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 19, 2014
  • Work of Art - Anything for a laugh

    An impressive new video on Facebook, the social medium on computers, aims in setting the right example for children.

    The brief video is quite graphic, something I wouldn’t recommend showing my youngest granddaughters.

  • Vatos aim for nationals

    Submitted to the Optic

    “The Vatos are the best team we have faced in a very long time, a very physical team,” noted Coach Allan Wilson after his No. 3 nationally ranked Denver University overcame the No. 9 NMHU Vatos 21-5 earlier this month at Perkins Stadium.

    Although the disciplined Pioneers team controlled most of the ball and tempo, the score mildly flattered DU (9-0) as the New Mexico Highlands University Vatos (8-1) initially led the game, were dangerous with the ball in hand, and tackled relentlessly.

  • Roundup - Rangel falls in NCAA

    Erick Rangel’s bid for a national wrestling championship came up short this past weekend, with the New Mexico Highlands University standout finishing 0-2 at the NCAA Division II tournament in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Rangel was locked in a narrow battle in his second match, and only a takedown awarded late in the second period made the difference in knocking him out of the wrestle-back bracket. Patrick Mestrez of Belmont Abbey took the 5-4 verdict after allowing only a single point — on a Rangel escape — in the third period.