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Today's News

  • Noticias-Dec. 31, 2010

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

    • A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 31, 2010

    TODAY HOY
    • San Miguel County offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 31 and will reopen on Monday. Jan. 3.

    • New Year’s Eve rides available, San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is operating from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. through Saturday, Jan. 1. Call 429-0336 for service.

    • The Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve. The Optic will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR    

  • Petition calls for vote on wind farm

    Opponents of the San Miguel County Commission wind ordinance are gathering signatures on a petition calling for a popular vote on the matter. But the legality of the petition itself is already being called into question.

    Rock Ulibarri, an opponent of the wind ordinance that passed Dec. 20, said the petition began circulating that day. The petitioners believe they must gather 15 percent of the county’s qualified voters within 30 days to force the matter on a special election ballot.

  • County officials take oath of office

    Newly elected San Miguel County officials took the oath of office Monday as district judges Matthew Sandoval and Eugenio Mathis, in turn, swore in Sheriff Benjamin Vigil, commissioners Ron Ortega and Arthur Padilla, Assessor Elaine Estrada, and Probate Judge Horace Lucero.   

    Sheriff Vigil, a Democrat, won re-election in November with 77 percent of the vote. Vigil was first elected to head the sheriff's department in 2006.

  • Police deal with rash of car break-ins

    Las Vegas has seen an increase in vehicle break-ins over the holiday season, Interim Police Chief Christian Montaño said Monday.

    Residential burglaries, however, are comparatively down, he said.

    In November and December, 28 vehicle burglaries were reported in town, compared to only 13 during the same two months a year earlier. In a news release issued last week, Montaño warned that the break-ins were occurring to “unlocked and unattended” vehicles.

  • Student helps MainStreet increase Artwalk interest

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University business student Jewell Esquibel helped increased Las Vegas business participation in Second Saturday Artwalk through a work- study internship with MainStreet Las Vegas.

    During the fall semester, Esquibel worked as the coordinator for Second Saturday Artwalk. Since 2008, more than 75 local artists have participated in Artwalk by teaming up with local galleries, retail shops, restaurants and other businesses to attract locals and visitors to historic downtown Las Vegas.

  • Who was Stu Clark?

    With the 57th annual Stu Clark Tournament concluding on Thursday evening — third-place game at 6, followed by the championship around 8 — some spectators may be curious as to the origin of this Las Vegas holiday basketball tradition.

    Stuart “Stu” Clark, the tournament’s namesake, was one of New Mexico Highlands University’s most accomplished coaches and mentors.

  • Luna softball may be on upswing

    I can’t believe I’ve been covering sports in northeastern New Mexico for 24 years. Time goes by fast. Without giving up how old I am, I will tell you I’m fortunate that I age well.

    During the last two decades or so I have covered many teams — some good, some bad, many prominent, many contenders and many pretenders. But there is one team that stays close to my heart, and it’s right here at Luna Community College. I’m talking about our softball team.

  • Highlands runners honored for academics

    Three New Mexico Highlands University runners have been honored on the All-Academic Team for cross country in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in recognition of their efforts this past fall.

    Nicaise Kazingo, a Highlands junior from Bujumbura, Burundi, is one of eight first-team All-RMAC Academic Team selections. Kazingo carries a 3.8 grade point average and majors in mathematics.

    Kazingo, who has earned All-American honors as a runner for coach Bob DeVries’ Cowboys, was one of the top two performers, along with Moses Kirui, in 2010.

  • Issues facing our schools

    It’s good to see a healthy field of challengers in the races for the East and West school board positions. The contests will ensure that some debate about the issues facing our schools in Las Vegas.