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  • 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.

  • Lady Dons bounce Bernalillo

    West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team marched to its sixth win in seven games this season on Monday, freezing Bernalillo 52-37 in the opening round of the Ben Lujan Invitational hosted by Pojoaque High School.

    The Lady Dons (6-1) were to play Class 4A Española Valley (7-0) in a Tuesday semifinal. The Lady Sundevils won 55-38 over Peñasco, also Monday in Jacona.

    The tournament, which wraps up on Wednesday, boasts an impressive girls’ bracket that also includes a much-improved Taos club and the always tough host Elkettes.

  • ‘Pokes go to 8-1

    Thomas Manzano and Mindaugas Markevicius combined for 45 points this past Saturday night in New Mexico Highlands’ 99-87 victory over Colorado State-Pueblo — the Cowboys’ eighth win in nine games this season.

    NMHU and coach Joe Harge also won on Friday, a  94-69 thrashing of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

    The Cowboys (8-1 overall, 5-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) are off until Dec. 30, when they travel to Phoenix to play Grand Valley State. Then on Jan. 2, they play at league foe Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.