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Today's News

  • Bucs winless no longer after edging Miami

    The Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla.  — No lead had been safe for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.

    So it was up to the defense to help them get their first win of the season.

    Rookie Mike Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn and led a long fourth-quarter TD drive to put the Buccaneers ahead for good in a 22-19 victory over the embattled Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 13, 2013

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Portland Bible College, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    Wrestling
    • Memorial Middle School quadrangular (includes MMS, WLVMS, others), 3 p.m., MMS Gym

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., MMS
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Santo Domingo, 4 p.m., Valley Gym
    Volleyball
    * Class 2A state tournament: pool play TBA, Rio Rancho
    * Class 3A state tournament: pool play TBA, Rio Rancho

  • Honoring Veterans - One World War II warrior’s story

    Horacio Martinez knows what it’s like to risk your own life for the good of your country. The Mora county native was 23 when he and his brother Nicolas volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps as World War II was raging.

    The sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alex L. Martinez of Mora both graduated from Mora High School and studied airplane mechanics at New Mexico Highlands University. They then headed to the West Coast for work.

    While in San Diego they worked at an airplane factory until the day after Horacio Martinez’s 21st birthday.

  • City officers upset over rate of pay

    The Las Vegas Police Officers Association is up in arms over the city of Las Vegas. The association and the city have been in negotiations for a new union contract and cannot come to an agreement.

    Speaking on behalf of the association, officer Chris Lopez said the only issue the union is pushing is a five percent increase in pay, or roughly 80 additional cents per hour for officers.

    In a written statement from Lopez, he said, “Both negotiations teams have met with a mediator and still did not come to an agreement.”

  • Udall takes on Rx drug abuse

    The Associated Press

    LOS LUNAS — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says steps need to be taken in New Mexico and across the country to curb escalating problems stemming from the abuse and trafficking of prescription drugs.

    The New Mexico Democrat met Friday in Los Lunas with medical experts and law enforcement to discuss their current strategies and the challenges they still face in tackling the problems.

    Udall also unveiled legislation aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse and improving treatment options.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 11, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Gov pushes for more nurses
    PORTALES — Nurses practicing in New Mexico who want to continue their professional development would be eligible for financial assistance from the state under a proposal announced by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    Martinez detailed the proposal Friday during a visit to Eastern New Mexico University.
    By expanding the nursing loan-for-service program, she says the state’s health care workforce would be bolstered.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 11, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Veterans and guest breakfast, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Elks Lodge on Collins Drive. For more information, call Elvie at 505-718-9345.
    • San Miguel County Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
    • Grand opening of the Veterans Student Resource Center, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at the LCC Student Services Building boardroom 101. Refreshments will be served.

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  • Trudell’s documentary shown at Indian Film Festival

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts student Tara Trudell’s documentary narrative film Poem Home screened at the 38th annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco earlier this month.

    The festival is the oldest and most prominent media showcase of its kind in the world. Filmmakers whose work is selected to screen at the festival earn the coveted film laurels that Trudell may now display on all her future films.

  • Noticias - Nov. 11, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.