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Today's News

  • Letter: BP has ultimate responsibility

    Although oil may have stopped spewing from BP’s blown well in the Gulf of Mexico, the battle to combat its effects on wildlife populations will continue for years to come. Calling wetland habitat and wildlife “the voiceless and voteless victims of the Deepwater Horizons tragedy,” the Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge and support groups from other National Wildlife Refuges in New Mexico have contributed $2,850 to a national fund for immediate relief.  

  • Above and Beyond: Taking command as chief

    Sapello-Rociada Fire Chief Kayt Peck says she believes she is the first woman to hold that title in San Miguel County.

    She said she has checked records and could find no indications that other women have served in that role in the county.

    Peck learned her firefighting skills at one of the U.S. Navy’s renowned firefighting training school. After the disastrous fire aboard the USS Forestall during the Vietnam War, sailors received extensive training in putting out all types of fires.

  • 40-year Las Vegas Optic ex-employee dies

    Clarence Falvey, a printer who worked at the Las Vegas Optic for nearly a third of its 131-year history, died Tuesday.

    Falvey worked at the Optic from 1959 to 1999. That’s a long time for an employee at this newspaper; currently, the paper’s longest-serving employee, Michael Pacheco, has been here a dozen years.

    When Falvey began at the Optic, he initially worked with “hot type.” The type eventually turned cold, with the advent of “offset” printing, and at the same time, Falvey’s position rose, to mechanical superintendent.

  • Calendar

    WEDNESDAY

    • Story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in the children’s area at Carnegie Public Library. The theme will be “Football Kickoff,” and the book will be “Kick the Football, Charlie Brown” by Charles M. Schulz. The craft will be a team pennant. The programs are open to the public.

    THURSDAY

    • The Las Vegas Community Water Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Technology Building of Luna Community College.

  • Letter: Let's not pass the buck

    I agree with Sen. Phil Griego’s comment on KFUN that San Miguel County needs to “buck up“ and accept alternative energy. But I disagree that an industrial wind farm on its National Scenic Byway is the way to do it.

    Individuals can “buck up” at home and work, by turning off unused lights and appliances, using compact florescent light bulbs, weatherstripping, installing skylights, investing in rooftop solar systems, driving conservatively, recycling at the Las Vegas Reclamation Center.

  • Cowgirl soccer 7th in region

    The strong start by New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer has gained some attention.

    The Cowgirls (3-2-1) are tied for seventh in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings of women’s teams in the NCAA Division II Central Region. The rankings were released Tuesday.

  • City: No to low-fly zone

    To applause, the Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously against a Cannon Air Force Base proposal to fly its planes as low as 200 feet as part of training.

    The base wants to use much of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado as a training area, and it is seeking public comment until early next month from area communities.

    But the proposal has faced much opposition in some communities, including Las Vegas and Taos.

  • Vatos champs in RMAC tournament

    The New Mexico Highlands  Vatos rugby team began its 2010-11 season by winning the “Poundin’ in the Mountain” Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rugby tournament hosted this past weekend by  Western State College in Gunnison, Colo.

    As the fourth-ranked team in men’s Division 3 of the Western USA Rugby Union, historically the Vatos have only lost two of 42 games to other RMAC rugby teams. This time the Vatos downed Fort Lewis College 40-0, WSC Team 2 28-0, and WSC Team 1 15-7 in the finals on Sunday.

  • Homecoming: Dons host Cobre

    Getting back on the winning track is a homecoming goal for the West Las Vegas Dons, but it’s unlikely Cobre will be a willing sacrificial lamb.

    Cobre owns a 13-0 victory over Ruidoso, the team that handed West a 42-0 defeat last weekend at Perkins Stadium.

  • Denish says she would push consolidation

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish said this week that she would pressure the two local school districts to come to the table to talk about consolidating their administrations.

    In an interview with the Optic’s editorial board, Denish said the state should provide incentives for the Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas to combine. For instance, any savings should stay within the districts, going into the classroom rather than administration.