Today's News

  • Two regulators step down

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Two regulators Monday recused themselves from debate on an effort to repeal tough new anti-pollution rules after environmentalists raised questions about their impartiality.

    State Environmental Improvement Board members Greg Fulfer of Jal and James Casciano of Albuquerque said they believed they could be fair and impartial but decided to step down from the case to maintain the integrity of the seven-member board and head off any public perception of bias.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 5, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Man pleads in trafficking case
    ALBUQUERQUE — A Zuni Pueblo man is facing 20 years in federal prison for trafficking in cocaine. The FBI in Albuquerque says 20-year-old Devon Wyaco pleaded guilty Monday to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

    Wyaco also faces up to five years of supervised release. Wyaco has been in federal custody since his arrest in March and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

  • Scientists study bovine sickness

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE — The lush grass in northern New Mexico provides a strong lure for drought-stricken ranchers looking for a way to feed their animals. But grazing in the mountains brings a risk of bovine high altitude disease, a potentially fatal illness that costs the beef industry some $60 million a year.

  • Democracy goes to court

    It’s a flashback to 2001, when a judge had to decide redistricting then, too. Only this year it’s worse, because there’s even more disagreement this time around. And when the dust settles and the issue is resolved, once again the real winners will be the attorneys.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 5, 2011
  • Work of Art: Someone’s bean misbehaving

    A dozen years ago, about a dozen of us retired from Highlands University, having amassed possibly a total of 300 years of service (12 faculty times 25 years average). There must have been enough of us personas non grata to prevent us from celebrating our retirement on the university campus.

  • Alta Vista Hospital gets patient safety award

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has been recognized with the Outstanding Patient Safety Award from Community Health Systems, one of the nation’s leading systems of general acute-care hospitals.

    The organization includes AVRH and more than 130 other hospitals in 29 states.  

    Presented at the organization’s Chief of Staff annual meeting, Nancy Wright, M.D., vice-chief of staff of Alta Vista Regional accepted the award on behalf of the hospital.

  • Noticias - Oct. 5, 2011

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

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 5, 2011

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Little Leaf that Wouldn’t Fall” by Nadine Brun-Crosme and Oliver Talle. All programs are free and open to the public.


  • Cowgirls beat T-Wolves, end skid

    Snapping out of a recent four-game slide, the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team blanked visiting Colorado State-Pueblo 2-0 this past Sunday at Perkins Stadium.

    Coach Justin Wagar’s Cowgirls improved to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. CSUP is 4-7 and 1-5, respectively.