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Today's News

  • Turnout strong for recycling

    More than 50 people packed into a classroom on the Highlands University Campus to talk about bringing a viable and vibrant recycling program to Las Vegas and surrounding communities.

    The Las Vegas Recycling Taskforce and the New Mexico Recycling Coalition gave a presentation on “Hub and Spoke” recycling as a model to create regional recycling processing centers with larger communities, such as Las Vegas. The Meadow City would serve as a hub for smaller communities, or spokes, to take their recyclables to.

  • Cut from the top

    We’re not infatuated with tax increases, but we feel compelled to consider the future based on today’s realities. And one of the realities the next governor will face is a serious shortage of money.

    There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about this — especially in a city like Las Vegas where state-supported jobs are prevalent — not the least of which is school funding. A little sidestep last summer illustrates the looming severity of the situation.

  • Educational materials given away

    Educators, parents and children worked on Monday and Tuesday to distribute hundreds of boxes of new math, science and literacy materials to nonprofits, educators, homeschoolers and afterschool programs — as part of a collaboration between the Literacy Council and United World College USA.

  • Four more charged with drunken driving

    There's one thing that Jeffrey W. Senseman, Blue Freedom, Barry Gray and Alfredo Waldo have in common. All have been charged locally with driving under the influence.

    All four were charged by New Mexico State Police officers. Three of the four were jailed at the San Miguel County Detention Center immediately following their arrest.

    Senseman, 48, of 6311 County Road 102, Guffey, Colo., is facing a DUI charge — his third offense — and driving with an open container. Both charges were listed as misdemeanor offenses.

  • Calendar

    TODAY HOY

    • Hub and Spoke recycling meeting, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 14, Student Senate Chambers, on the second floor of the Student Services Center at New Mexico Highlands University, 903 Baca Ave.

    TUESDAY MARTES

    • The Fiesta Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s conference room.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • RHS: Homecoming beatdown

    Starters on the Robertson football team got to celebrate the school’s 2010 homecoming a little early on Friday night.

    Their work in the first quarter of the team’s game with Española Valley resulted in a 35-0 cushion and earned them a quick exit.

    A group consisting mainly of reserves added another touchdown to the total before the Sundevils broke their drought and made it a 42-6 halftime spread that would end up as the final score as well.

  • Did the secrecy help anyone?

    Can you imagine if the Police Department stopped releasing information on those they arrested and, instead, said that would be the responsibility of the suspects?

    Very few people would want to announce to the world that they had been arrested. That’s information they’d prefer to keep secret.

    But this scenario is business as usual for the New Mexico Activities Association.

    Recently, a lawsuit filed by parents of the Robertson High School football team assault victims indicated that the team had been placed on probation for two years in 2006.

  • RHS bonfire incident leads to suspensions

    A Thursday night incident at Robertson High School has led to the suspicion of three students, according to City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero.

    The incident, in which a pickup truck being driven by a West student was vandalized, occurred as students were leaving a homecoming bonfire at the soccer field. Romero said it began with some “trash talk and name calling” and culminated in the pickup’s tires being slashed.

  • State cards part of cannabis case

    John Emerick believes he was following the guidelines as a caregiver under the state’s medical marijuana program. But that just wasn’t the case, a drug task force official maintains.

  • Local dollar store catches fire

    A fire broke out at the local Dollar General store on Mills Avenue yesterday afternoon. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Please see Wednesday's Optic for further information.