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Today's News

  • LV YABL seeking coaches, players

    The Las Vegas Recreation Center has announced the start of the city’s Young American Basketball League for 2013-14 and is seeking interested coaches and players.

    Those interested in coaching are being asked to attend a mandatory coaches’ meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Rec Center.

    Prospective coaches should also pick up volunteer applications available from the facility.

    Those interested in further information may call 426-3191 or 426-3207.

    Players have until Nov. 13 to register. Registration forms are available at the Rec.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 4, 2013

    Monday
    No local varsity events scheduled

    Tuesday
    Volleyball
    • District 2-3A tournament, schools, sites times TBA
    Wednesday
    Volleyball
    • District 2-3A tournament, schools, sites and times TBA

    Thursday
    Volleyball
    • District 2-3A tournament, schools, sites and times TBA

    Friday
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. Adams State, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • District 2-3A tournament semifinal, schools, sites and times TBA

  • Mora murder charge filed

    Two years and eight months after the dismembered remains of Patsy Trujillo were discovered in a field in rural Mora County, state police have charged her live-in boyfriend with her murder.

    Dennis Escovedo, 56, was arrested and booked into the Santa Fe County Detention Center on Tuesday. He is being held in custody in lieu of a $1 million bond.

    Escovedo has been charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and two counts of fourth-degree unlawful withdrawal from a financial institution.

  • Prepare to be scared
  • President signs disaster declaration

    Optic Staff and Wire

    The federal government is stepping in to help communities in Mora, San Miguel and 13 other New Mexico counties recover from the flooding that caused millions of dollars in damage in September.

    President Barack Obama signed the disaster declaration on Tuesday, a move that frees up federal funding to help pay for flooding and storm damage during the period of Sept. 9-22.

  • BTU holding community celebration

    After months of renovations, BTU Do it Center is inviting the community to visit the store this weekend and take part in its grand re-opening.

    Those who attend can register to win a $1,000 shopping spree, said store owner Wayne Sonchar. The drawing for that shopping spree will be Saturday afternoon. The winner need not be present to claim the prize.

    Sonchar said there will be a lot of other drawings for everything from tools to a chainsaw. People will need to be present to win those prizes.

  • Montaño to run for magistrate post

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño plans to run for the Division 1 San Miguel County magistrate post during next year’s primary election.

    “I would like to share my experience of over 20 years of credible public service, knowledge and experience of working with the law and dedication to this community,” Montaño wrote in an unpublished letter to the editor submitted to the Optic late Wednesday. “I am known to be fair and impartial and in touch with our community’s issues.”

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 1, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Officials back funding change

    LAS CRUCES — Higher education leaders in New Mexico are proposing a new system for state funding of universities and community colleges.
    The proposal was developed by a team of New Mexico State University administrators. It would have legislators provide colleges and universities with the schools’ previous year’s allocations but also add incentive funding to reward the schools for performances.

  • Online access to school data proposed

    The Associated Press

    BERNALILLO — Gov. Susana Martinez will ask the Legislature to provide $1.2 million next year for online systems in schools to allow parents to access information about their children’s classroom work.

    The governor made the announcement Wednesday at Bernalillo Middle School, which operates such a portal.

    About 29 of the state’s 89 school districts have a “parent portal,” according to the Public Education Department.

  • New Mexico Game and Fish director resigns

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The director of New Mexico’s Game and Fish Department announced his resignation Wednesday, but the department remained tightlipped about his departure.

    Word that Jim Lane would be stepping down was first made public after a special, closed meeting held by the Game Commission in Albuquerque.

    The meeting agenda did not list any specifics, only that commissioners would be discussing personnel issues involving the hiring, promotion, resignation or investigation of several employees.