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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 8, 2012

    MONDAY
    Volleyball
    • Mora (A,B) vs. Santa Fe Prep, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Memorial Middle School vs. Valley, 4 p.m., TBA
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos

    TUESDAY
    Football
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Moriarty, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    Volleyball
    • NMHU at Eastern New Mexico, 7 p.m., Portales
    • Robertson (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial Middle School at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Jacona

  • New Arrival
  • Que Pasa - Oct. 8, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • San Miguel County offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. Wells Fargo bank locations will be open that day as will the Las Vegas Optic offices.
    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees October meeting, 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Plaza Hotel / Conservatory. Post-mortem review of the 2012 NMAER State Convention is the topic for this meeting. For more information, contact Tomás at 575-421-2455.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • Noticias - Oct. 8, 2012

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

  • Troubled tenure

    Thomas Garcia’s resignation as superintendent of the Mora Independent School District is, to say the least, timely.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 8, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Defining the center

    Here’s my take on the political center, which is a mighty important place to be this year, since a relative handful of independent moderates are going to decide the presidential election.

    You’re in the center if:
    • You believe in government, under restraints. You think government should be smaller in its size and scope, but it should also be big enough to look out for and respond to citizens’ needs. You realize that government is sometimes part of the problem, but you also know it’s the solution from time to time.

  • Mora schools chief resigns

    MORA — Less than two-and-a-half years after being selected for Mora Independent School District’s top post, embattled Superintendent Thomas Garcia has resigned.

    School board chairman Arthur Romero said he received Garcia’s resignation letter late Monday.

    Garcia’s resignation follows an overwhelming no-confidence vote against him from school employees, a protracted and nasty battle with many of the district’s parents and students over the suspension of the popular music teacher and dwindling support from the Mora community.

  • Safeguarding artifacts - Gorras Blancas items moved

    More than a century ago, Las Gorras Blancas or “The White Caps,” rode into town demanding fairness and protesting what they saw as injustice involving land grant litigation in Las Vegas.

    Historians have called the Gorras Blancas movement the most significant protest movement by native New Mexicans since the Taos Revolt of 1847, and descendants of the original Gorras Blancas have been safeguarding artifacts from the group for more than a hundred years.

  • Ex-cop again facing charges

    The former Las Vegas police officer who got in trouble with the law several years ago for defrauding the city is in hot water again.

    Shawn Montoya, 41, who resides on Erb Place, was arrested and charged last Friday with fraud, a third-degree felony, and with two counts of embezzlement, two counts of forgery and a single count of identity theft, all fourth degree felonies.