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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 20, 2013

    Wednesday
    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • NMHU  women vs. University of the Southwest, 6 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Friday
    Basketball
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Pojoaque tourney, TBA, Pojoaque
    Saturday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) at Wingate, 1 p.m., Wingate
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Pojoaque tourney, TBA, Pojoaque
    Cross country

  • Cop nabs speeding bus driver

    A West Las Vegas school bus driver was cited earlier this month for speeding and reckless driving while taking students home.

    It’s been a rough month for that bus driver, John Lujan, who lost his El Llano Road home to a fire on Nov. 1.

    The speeding and reckless driving citations were issued Nov. 7, although the citation was filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court just last week.

    “That’s a warning for other bus drivers,” said San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil. “They need to slow down because of the kids.”

  • Schools get break on grad rules

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State education officials have agreed to let school districts develop their own high school graduation requirements, at least for the current school year.

    The decision follows complaints that New Mexico’s changes might prevent thousands of students from graduating.

    The Public Education Department announced the decision to allow districts to tweak state rules at a Legislative committee hearing Thursday.

  • Here’s to you - Brewing company gets new digs

    During the summer months, people could enjoy a cup of brew from Las Vegas’ own New Mexico Craft Brewing Company at the Train Robbers’ ball games. Now, the beer fountains filled with New Mexico Craft Brewing Company’s award-winning brews are pouring at The Old Town Drafthouse.

  • FEMA outlines help available

    Representatives from FEMA and the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management were in Las Vegas Friday meeting with local government officials and other public entities and non-profit organizations that suffered damage from the Sept. 13 floods.

    San Miguel and Mora Counties are among 15 New Mexico counties included in a federal disaster declaration signed by President Barack Obama on Oct. 29. The declaration frees up federal funding to help pay for flooding and storm damage that occurred Sept. 9-22.

  • Together again
  • Looking Back - Nov. 18, 2013

    In 1963
     Tuesday, Nov. 12 — The Goodwill Store will hold its grand opening Friday and Saturday, according to Mrs. Vincent Armijo, of the Help for the Needy Club, which is sponsoring the store. “We hope it will be a great success,” Mrs. Armijo said today. She added that there will be a barrel at the store for donations of canned goods for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to be distributed to the needy.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 18, 2013

    ‘Made in New Mexico’ documentary
    Free showing of the documentary “Made in New Mexico,” 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the new Highlands University Student Union Building theater. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Pam Resendiz at 505-243-6529

  • Weather - Nov. 18, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-15 mph.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

  • Baseline water testing done for San Miguel County

    Submitted to the Optic

    San Miguel County recently became the second county in the US to perform proactive baseline water testing in defense against oil and natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

    Mora County was the first county to complete such testing in 2010.  These tests included sampling for 14 water wells, which included private wells and mutual domestic water consumers associations in the Las Vegas Basin, Mora County.