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Today's News

  • Officials back low-fly proposal

    Four of the five San Miguel County commissioners say they support Cannon Air Force Base’s plan to fly planes low over northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.


    Cannon, which is near Clovis, wants to fly its aircraft as low as 200 feet. It promises to avoid towns and to conduct most missions at night.


    In September, the Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously for a resolution to oppose the training flights.

  • County expected to act on wind farm regulations next month

    San Miguel County plans to decide on an ordinance regulating wind turbines next month.


    This week, the County Commission voted to begin the process of adopting an ordinance.


    The proposed ordinance would require that wind turbines be at least three miles from occupied homes — a provision that the industry staunchly opposes.

  • Cowboys reach end of trying year

    Win, lose or draw on Saturday afternoon in Durango, Colo., it’ll be the end of the line for what has been a dramatic and difficult season of New Mexico Highlands University football.


    The Cowboys (1-9, 1-7) play at Fort Lewis (2-7, 2-6) in the regular-season finale for both teams; kickoff is 1 p.m.

  • Spikers in state tourney

    The New Mexico state high school volleyball tournaments in all classes reach the quarterfinal round Friday morning at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana Star Center.


    As of press time Thursday, four Optic-area teams were still alive and immersed in pool play. Class 3A’s tourney had ninth-seeded Robertson and 12th-seeded West Las Vegas in action. Old nemesis Pojoaque, a former district rival of the Lady Cardinals and Lady Dons, is the team to beat.

  • Rangers stand in Cowgirls’ way

    Highlands’ women’s soccer team makes its first-ever national tournament appearance Friday with a rematch against Regis, the same team that knocked the Cowgirls out of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.


    The match is set for a noon (Mountain) kickoff in Winona, Minn., host site for the NCAA Division II Central regional.


    Regis (14-4-1) won the RMAC tourney Nov. 7 with wins over NMHU and regular-season champ Fort Lewis.


    The Highlands-Regis winner plays Winona State on Sunday.

  • Commentary: Roybal exemplified ‘role model’

    By Henry Sanchez

    Growing up most  athletes have their heroes or role models. My role model and hero was Toby Roybal from Santa Fe. Toby Roybal died from lymphatic cancer on July 11, 1962, at the young age of 30.


    Let me tell you a few things about my role model. Toby’s father Celestino died when Toby was 13, leaving his wife Ruth and seven children on earth. This made Toby — as his brother Lenny recalls — the father of the family.

  • Card to show off local fighters

    Opponents can switch with little warning in the mercurial universe of pro boxing. So it comes as little surprise, then, that Arturo Crespin’s main event matchup Saturday will have him facing Patrick Thompson instead of the originally scheduled Oscar Castillo.


    But fight fans should consider this change — assuming it holds, of course — a positive.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    NECESSARY DISMISSAL. Yes, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty applies to all, including Ramon Montoya, the Mora County Sheriff’s Department transport officer who is accused of getting drunk and passing out alongside Interstate 25. He deserves his day in court. But his employer isn’t obligated to wait until the judicial system reaches a verdict, and was therefore justified in firing him after an internal investigation.

  • Keeping It Simple: Renovation projects

    The Grand Avenue renovation project seems to be coming along nicely. The summer travelers had some maneuvering to do in order to find their destination and local residents are still having to find new routes to get around.


    Since the renovation involves Grand Avenue from Tilden to National Avenue, I am wondering how the abyss at the corner of Lincoln and Grand Avenue is going to be resolved.  This ugly hole in the ground has been with us far too long.

  • Changing of guard

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said with greater power comes greater responsibility. The former deputy chief was sworn in Friday as interim chief by Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.


    Montaño replaces Gary Gold, who retired Friday after more than three years on the job.