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Today's News

  • Mora boys rock Pecos, capture Tri-City title

    Four Mora Rangers scored in double figures, outrunning and outgunning the Pecos Panthers 84-45 this past weekend in the unexpectedly lopsided finale of the Tri-City Tournament held in Pecos.

    The tourney final had been slated for Thursday, Dec. 30, in Santa Rosa but was moved to Saturday in Pecos, reportedly due to weather.

    Tyler Martinez led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Adam Laumbach with 14 and Andrew Lesse and Lucas Serna with a dozen each for Mora (8-1).

    Isidro Sena and John Vigil led Pecos (5-6) with 14 points each.

  • Republican governor takes oath

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, making history as the nation’s first female Hispanic governor, called Saturday for New Mexicans to unite to solve economic, budget and educational problems confronting the state.

    Martinez sounded a bipartisan tone during her public inaugural ceremony on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

  • Local GOP leader sees ‘opportunity’

    A local leader of the San Miguel County Republican Party says he and other members of his party see an opportunity in Susana Martinez’s election as governor.

    “(Party) members feel confident that it is a great opportunity for us to strengthen and rebuild our party,” Republican Mel Root said in a statement after returning from Saturday’s gubernatorial inauguration event in Santa Fe.

  • West grad dies in crash

    “Unbelievable” was the single word an 18-year-old man’s mother used to describe her feelings about the death of her son.

    Joseph “Joey” Portillo, 18, died on Wednesday evening as a result of an automobile accident on Interstate 25 south of Las Vegas.

  • New Year’s Baby

    Marcus Barela made his grand entrance at 12:42 a.m. to officially become Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s first baby of 2011. Barela is the son of Mark Barela and Adella Jaramillo of Las Vegas and the brother to 2-year-old Ariana Barela.

    “Pretty exciting,” Jaramillo said in describing the birth of her son on New Year’s Day. “I didn’t expect to have him on New Year’s.”

  • Taking The Plunge
  • Husband facing criminal charges

    A Las Vegas man is facing criminal charges after allegedly choking his wife until she momentarily lost consciousness during an argument in their home on Dec. 17.

    State police have issued an arrest warrant for a 35-year-old Las Vegas man on charges of aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment and assault.

    According to records filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court, the alleged victim told police her husband turned violent in an argument and choked her with his right hand, causing her to “black out.”

  • Que Pasa - Jan 3, 2010

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES

    • SynergyFest Planning Committee  meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Traveler’s Café in Tapetes de Lana Weaving Center on the Plaza.The 8th annual SynergyFest will be held April 30th. SynergyFest celebrates the potential of a sustainable future for the community surrounding Las Vegas, New Mexico. The committee needs help with all areas: entertainment, logistics, vendors, workshops, publicity and fundraising. For more information, contact Cheryl Zebrowski at 505-718-6932.

  • Daunting circumstances

    Ahhh, the ebbs and flows of party politics. Two years ago, when the Democrat Barack Obama was sworn in as president, he faced a tremendous federal deficit due to the excesses of his Republican predecessor. And now, with Republican Susana Martinez as New Mexico’s governor, she enters office on the heels of a Democrat who spent the state’s tax dollars as if there were no sign of a rainy-day tomorrow. Obama and Martinez, it seems, have something in common — they’ve inherited a fiscal mess.

  • Publisher’s Note: Enter a new year

    For six years, managing editor David Giuliani occupied this spot on this particular day. But now, dedicated readers of the Optic know, he’s gone. Off to a newspaper in Illinois, where I’m confident he’ll do well.

    Giuliani was the consummate journalist. During his time at the Optic, he reported on the good, bad and ugly of our community without hesitation. I’m convinced that this newspaper and our community is better because of his work and dedication.