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Today's News

  • An adventure to the South Pole

    Lorraine Hurtado, a Chacon resident, spent a season in Antarctica. She went on  the advice of her nephew Andres Martinez, son of Phil and her sister Mary Ann. Andres has worked at the South Pole for 12 years. He is an engineer. He helped build the facility.
    Lorraine wanted to get out and have a new adventure away from her home and familiar surroundings for a while. She had lost her husband of 52 years and needed a change.

  • Cowgirl apparel and calendars

    I was the happy recipient of some fabulous calendars this year. The Muench Colorado photography calendar brought back so many memories of our visits to this picturesque state. Viva Colorado, as they say, and I could take the same spectacular mountain snow scenes right here from my yard as I write this.

  • Tony Serna Students of the Month
  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press and Submitted to the Optic

    Romero heads to Spain for semester

    Samantha Josephine Romero, a 2006 Robertson High School graduate, will study in Spain for the winter 2012 semester. 
    Romero, who received her bachelor of arts degree with honors from the University of New Mexico last December, will be taking intensive language courses at the Universidad de Granada Centro de Lenguas Modernas in Granada, Spain. 

  • Agency wants more time for audit

    From the Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE— The New Mexico Higher Education Department is asking for more time to complete a 2010 audit report that's already more than a year late.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the agency's delay in completing its report into how it managed about $100 million in public money in 2010 has caused the department to miss a deadline for its 2011 report.
    The agency said it needs until at least the end of this month for its past-due report and until March for the 2011 data.

  • BREAKING: Candidates file for city election

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is seeking re-election as mayor afterall. Ortiz filed his declaration of candidacy late Tuesday afternoon. He had previously told the Optic he wasn't planning to seek a second term.

  • Grades in for area schools

    The state Public Education Department has released its first letter grades for schools throughout New Mexico, and those grades don’t paint a very flattering picture of most of the schools in Las Vegas.

    No schools in Las Vegas got an A. Only three got B’s. Eight got C’s, four got Ds and three got F’s.

    The only area school to receive an A was Mora High.

    This is the first time the state issues letter grades to schools.

  • Making Music

    The Mora Schools music program started the new year with a $2,500 donation

    The area school district received the check from the Kanter-Kallman Foundation, Inc. in New York. The district plans to use the money to fix broken musical instruments used for the mariachi program.

    Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia said someone at the foundation has roots to the Mora area, though he declined to disclose the name of the individual.

  • Truce called in chamber dispute

    City Manager Timothy Dodge has negotiated a truce of sorts between the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and members of a local group whose efforts to secure a $40,000 state grant to market the community were thwarted by the chamber.

  • Two arrested on DWI charges

    State police arrested two men in recent weeks and charged them with being repeat drunk driving offenders.

    The most recent case involves Jerry B. Rudolph, 43, whose address is listed as Rudolph Drive.

    Rudolph was arrested last Wednesday on on single count of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs, fifth offense.