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Today's News

  • Official leaves after nine years

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño is a guy who pretty much wears his heart on his sleeve.

  • Veterans angry with closure of centers in rural areas

    A federal Veterans Affairs official this week had to explain a decision to close nine rural health clinics in northern New Mexico, facing a room full of angry veterans.

    George Marnell, the veterans hospital director in Albuquerque, tried to explain a new contract to end the veterans services at El Centro Family health clinics.

  • Rodriguez named All-American

    Christmas came early for New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer standout Julissa Rodriguez, although she had to work pretty hard for these gifts.

    Rodriguez found out this week she has been named a third-team All-American by the   National Soccer Coaches Association of America. As was the case for Rodriguez’s NSCAA All-Region selection earlier this month, the All-America distinction is a first for Highlands soccer.

  • Holiday spirit on the hill
  • Dons tame Lions

    Las Vegas Optic

    West Las Vegas picked up its second straight boys’ basketball victory on Tuesday night, beating the Santa Rosa Lions on the road 65-46.
    It’s a good win over a high-ranked Class 2A squad loaded with a half dozen seniors.

    Brandon Quintana led the Dons with 24 points despite going 4 of 9 at the line. Martin Blea had 15. T.J Esquibel added  eight and had “a solid defensive game,” said coach Morgan Montaño. “We actually went pretty deep,” he said. “We had 12 guys play good minutes.”

  • Foul shots boost Braves

    Las Vegas Optic

    A disparity in free-throw attempts and conversions proved critical in Santa Fe Indian School’s 69-58 win over visiting Robertson in boys’ basketball action Monday in Santa Fe.

    “We didn’t play very well,” said RHS head coach David Bustos. “The difference was at the free-throw line.”

    The Braves were brilliant at the stripe, sinking 28 of 31 foul shots. The Cardinals (2-2) attempted just 16 free throws, making 11.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    EXCLUSIVE AND SECRET. The Las Vegas Fiesta Council recently sent out a letter stating, among other things, that it hasn’t kept its finances a secret from either its members or the city of Las Vegas. But it added that no one has requested the documents.
    Despite its claim to openness, no one outside that exclusive group has apparently seen its detailed finances. There may be no problems at all with the council’s books, but the group’s secrecy has bred suspicion. The council has only itself to blame for that.

  • Noticias-Dec. 10, 2010

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

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters is raffling a red 2010 Chrysler Sebring Limited with sunroof, leather seats, 3,500 miles, provided by NM Auto Wholesalers. The drawing will be held Friday, Dec. 17. Tickets are $100. Only 300 tickets will be sold. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in San Miguel and Mora counties. For more information, call 426-8510.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 10, 2010

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO
    • The Gingerbread House/Biscochito baking contest will take place this year from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the lobby of El Fidel Hotel.

  • District gets books year later

    With the school year about half over, the Las Vegas City Schools has finally received teacher workbooks the district ordered more than a year ago.


    School districts generally order textbooks in the spring for the upcoming school year.


    During a recent meeting of the school board, teachers’ representatives were complaining that teachers were having to share books because the district received only a partial shipment of language arts workbooks for kindergarten through eighth grade. Board member Patrick Romero wanted to know why.