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Today's News

  • Wrestlers strike at Rattler Open

    Folks in Tucumcari may still be talking about the storm that blew into town last week.

    Not the snow, either, but the blizzard of Las Vegas wrestlers who stole the show in Tucumcari’s Rattler Open on Saturday.

    Seven Meadow City grapplers — six from Robertson, one from West Las Vegas — captured titles in the tournament.

    Robertson’s Dominic Lucero (112 lbs.), James Gonzales (125), Jeremy Valdez (135), Johnathan Lucero (152), Daniel Martinez (160) and Mathew Gurule (189) all won their weight classes.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    LET’S HOPE HE’S RIGHT. West Las Vegas Superintendent Ruben Cordova took a popular position recently, saying that he didn’t want to close any of the schools on the west side. Here’s hoping that he can pull it off.

  • Noticias-Dec. 24, 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. 24, 2010

    FRIDAY
    VIERNES

    • Santa Claus visits the Tecolote Fire Department starting at 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 24.

    • San Miguel County offices will be closedon Friday, Dec. 24 and on Monday, Dec. 27 and will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 28. In obervance of New Years the offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31 and will reopen on Monday. Jan. 3.

    SUNDAY
    DOMINGO

  • Wind farm setback a half mile

    Wind turbines can be as close as a half mile from a home under San Miguel County’s new law on wind farms.

    Dismaying many in the audience of more than 50 people, the commission on Monday rejected a three-mile setback for turbines that a county task force had proposed.

    That was the biggest issue in the task force’s proposed wind ordinance.

    Commissioner Nicolas Leger proposed cutting the setback to a half mile between wind farms and homes, churches, businesses and schools. The commission quickly approved his proposal, without any discussion.

  • Mentor of the Month: Overseeing federal programs

    Elaine Martinez-Gonzalez looks after the West Las Vegas school district’s programs that provide about $1 million for tutoring and additional instruction for kids and teachers.

    “The little bit of extra attention and little bit of extra time you put in with students does help them. It helps them a lot,” Martinez-Gonzalez said. 

  • Budget ax ‘taking toll’ at state hospital

    The state hospital, Las Vegas’ largest employer, has taken a big hit from state budget cuts over the last two years.

    The hospital — known formally as the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute — now has 855 employees, down from 938 more than two years ago, said Troy Jones, the hospital’s administrator. That’s a drop of nearly 9 percent.

  • Official’s future up in the air

    Troy Jones, the administrator of the state hospital, doesn’t know whether he will keep his job after New Mexico’s new governor takes office Jan. 1.

    Jones, who has been in charge of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute for two and a half years, said his position was converted to governor’s appointee status — or exempt — under his predecessor.

    That means Jones serves at the pleasure of the governor.

  • Fire destroys area musician’s house

    A fire on Monday destroyed the home of well-known local musician Antonia Apodaca, the same place where she was born, her son said.

    Apodaca, who performs around the area with her accordion, was at her house around 11:30 a.m. Monday when high winds apparently broke off a stovepipe, causing the blaze.

    The 88-year-old fell trying to save some of her property, hitting her head, her son, Max Apodaca, said. She also reportedly suffered some smoke inhalation.

  • Cowgirls rope first RMAC win

    Whitley Coca swished two free throws and teammate Marissa Magalei made one of two in the final 28 seconds of regulation Friday, providing insurance for New Mexico Highlands’ first win in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play this season.

    The Cowgirls (4-8, 1-5 RMAC) nipped Colorado-Colorado Springs 74-73, holding on in the face of a 13-5 Mountain Lion run over the last four and a half minutes.

    NMHU came close to its second RMAC victory the following night, losing 61-60 to Colorado State-Pueblo in another one-point verdict.