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Today's News

  • State police captain retiring

    The captain in charge of the state police stations in Las Vegas and Raton is retiring.

    Capt. Toby Dolan, who joined the state police in 1989, will officially retire on Dec. 31, but he has been taking vacation and sick leave since the beginning of the month.

    “It’s time for me to do something different and let someone else have the reins,” he said.

    Dolan said he had been “hit and miss” the last year and a half while he has suffered from a shoulder problem and he has cared for his father, Mike Dolan, who died in October.

  • Police: Clerk laughs; suspects get scared

    Two Las Vegas men accused of robbing a local convenience store reportedly got an unusual reaction from the victim.

    The clerk laughed.

    That’s because one of the suspects came in wielding a stick at the Sav-O-Mat, 502 University Ave. After the clerk laughed, Anthony Valdez, age unavailable, 518 Columbia, pulled out a knife, according to police.

    The other suspect, Timothy Solano, 31, 703 Socorro St., who allegedly held a knife, later told police that they then got scared and left the store, police said.

  • Man charged in DWI accident

    A Las Vegas man who allegedly hit another driver from behind was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving earlier this week.

    The victim was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for minor injuries and then was released.

    James D. Gallegos, 22, 4635 El Llano Road, was charged with aggravated DWI, his first such offense.

    The victim was Alex Tafoya, San Miguel County’s planning and zoning supervisor.

  • Above and Beyond: Riding to success

    Michael Ortiz will be in Los Lunas this weekend doing what he loves best — riding bulls.

    “I’m going to try to win. I’ve been practicing every day after school,”  the 10-year-old Legion Park Elementary School student said.

    Ortiz is used to winning; he has a collection of almost a dozen championship buckles that he has won at rodeo events statewide. He said he has also competed in rodeos in Texas and Colorado.

  • NMHU hoops back home

    Fans of New Mexico Highlands University basketball had better get their fix this weekend because the Cowboys and Cowgirls won’t be playing at home again until Jan. 14.

    NMHU hosts Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions on Friday and Colorado State-Pueblo ThunderWolves on Saturday. The women’s games tip off at 6 p.m. each night, with the men following at around 8.

    The Cowgirls are 3-7 overall and 0-4 in RMAC play under coach Tiffany Darling.

  • Cards electric vs. Pecos

    A power outage in the Meadow City bumped Wednesday night’s Robertson-Pecos boys’ basketball game from Mike Marr Gym to the Memorial Middle School campus.

    But that didn’t stop Justin Bustos and Josh Brito from trying to shoot the lights out at MMS.

    Bustos hit two 3-pointers and scored 22 points and Josh Brito swished three 3s on his way to 13 points in Robertson’s 74-60 victory.

  • Martinez triple-double lifts West

    Miranda Martinez came three rebounds shy of a quadruple-double as West Las Vegas (4-1) beat Socorro 67-54 in Class 3A girls’ basketball action Tuesday night in Socorro.

    Martinez filled the stat sheet with 15 points, 15 assists, 10 steals and seven rebounds.

    The game also showed West’s depth as younger players had a significant role. Cecilia Gutierrez scored a team-high 16, Alicia Cordova 12, Michelle Montaño 11. Michelle Tapia had nine rebounds for coach Jose Medina’s Lady Dons.

  • Local hunting show seeking online votes

    Optic readers are being encouraged to vote online for “Down the Road with Rick Rhoads” starring Jenna and J.T. Rhoads of Las Vegas.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    UNNECESSARILY BUREAUCRATIC. During a hearing on an annexation proposal last week, Alex Aragon, the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said he would like concerned residents in attendance to get minutes of the meeting.

  • Another perspective: Questions that need answers

    The problems which beset the Las Vegas City Schools have had the attention of our community over the past weeks and months. The increases to property taxes certainly arouse the attention of many people.

    Although taxes are important, they don’t however overshadow our responsibility to provide students a quality education in a safe and caring environment.