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Today's News

  • Cowboy runners picked fifth

    New Mexico Highlands University’s men’s cross country team remains a regional contender of note, thanks in part to the return of All-American Nicaise Kazingo.

    A coaches’ poll tabbed the Cowboys to finish fifth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which has 11 men’s cross country schools. It’s a respectable prediction, given that the RMAC is usually the toughest league in the nation for distance running.

  • Letter: Wind farm could bring jobs, money

     I am a local, who couldn’t find a job in San Miguel County and was forced to move away in search of work. Countless generations before me have made this same decision because politicians refuse to bring growth to San Miguel County. This is an example.

  • Cards, Dons on road

    Defending Class 3A state champion Lovington scored 49 points in a loss to mighty 4A Artesia last week to kick off the prep football season. Robertson put up 41 in its win over Portales.

    While it’s unlikely the Wildcats and visiting Cardinals will combine for 90 again this week head to head on the blue carpet in Cat country, who knows?

    The teams, who have become regular parts of each other’s schedules since meeting for the state title a few years back, play at 7 p.m. Friday in Lovington.

  • Letter: Great experience in camp setting

    What a fabulous treasure and blessing the Las Vegas area has in the Western Life Camp in Gallinas Canyon, and the owners, the Mel Root family. Last week the entire Menaul School community — teachers, students and brave parents -- camped, hiked, prayed, and played in the grass beneath the ponderosas of the mountains.

  • Drug-dealing suspect arrested

    Authorities said they recently arrested a drug dealer after executing a search warrant.

    William S. Gonzales, 23, of 916 Taos St., was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, tampering with evidence and possessing marijuana.  

    According to Magistrate Court documents, the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force executed the warrant on Gonzales and his residence late on the afternoon of Aug. 24. Task force agents found Gonzales in the 1330 block of Grand Avenue, where he was a passenger in a car, documents state.

  • Part of Plaza Park named in honor of late hotel operators

    The City Council recently dedicated the northwest corner of Plaza Park in honor of the late Don Jesus and Mama Lucy Lopez.

    The couple operated the Plaza Hotel and Mama Lucy’s Restaurant on the Old Town Plaza for almost three decades in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

    According to a council-passed resolution, Don Jesus was a “dynamic and untiring” organizer of Fiestas de Las Vegas, and for more than two decades, he served as that event’s master of ceremonies, “always charming the crowds.”

  • Facilities-use policy still at issue

    Highlands University Regent Jesus Lopez says he was surprised to find out that the university allowed political rallies and any number of private events to be held on campus.

    At a recent meeting of the university’s finance committee, Lopez said he found out about such events when he opened up the newspaper after June’s Democratic primary. On the front page was a picture of an elated state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, who was celebrating his victory over three opponents at his party at the university’s Kennedy Hall.

  • Letter: Criticism of council, Optic

    It is one sorry state of affairs when citizens may not criticize specific people. Who placed our elected representatives so high above us taxpaying citizens? Our representatives may not be mentioned in grievances? Why the double standard? How did our City Council come up with this policy?

    It sounds like something out of George Orwell’s “1984”!

  • Mil Gracias letter

    Thank you Las Vegas businesses for donating to the Activities for World Breastfeeding week:

  • Sorenson, Hazelrigg are club champs

    Al Sorenson picked up lucky No. 7. And Elaine Hazelrigg won in a photo finish.

    Sorenson and Hazelrigg captured the individual men’s and women’s club championships on Aug. 22 at Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    “The ladies’ race was very close with Denise Franken and Lou Fox offering a big challenge to Elaine,” wrote Pendaries golf pro Larry Webb. “This was Al’s seventh out of the last nine club championships. That is an unprecedented accomplishment.”