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Today's News

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora native becomes successful business owner

    Paula Griego Pope, a Mora native and graduate of Mora High School  has become a successful entrepreneur in Albuquerque. Paula and her husband started a yogurt shop which has been unique in its service to the public. Paula is the daughter of David and Rita Griego, both retired teachers of Mora High School.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Looking forward to a new year and wrapping up 2010

    Yes, my priorities change as I get older. Christmas and New Year celebrations are fun, but my favorite day is December 21, winter solstice day.  Whew! We have finally celebrated the shortest sunlit day and now every day will be a few more minutes longer.

    This has been a crazy weather year, and nothing has changed. I’ll be back off on creating a skating pond at Montezuma for the moment because we have not had enough really cold nights to make that necessary, deep, hard ice.

  • Noticias-Dec. 31, 2010

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.

    • A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 31, 2010

    TODAY HOY
    • San Miguel County offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 31 and will reopen on Monday. Jan. 3.

    • New Year’s Eve rides available, San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is operating from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. through Saturday, Jan. 1. Call 429-0336 for service.

    • The Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve. The Optic will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR    

  • Petition calls for vote on wind farm

    Opponents of the San Miguel County Commission wind ordinance are gathering signatures on a petition calling for a popular vote on the matter. But the legality of the petition itself is already being called into question.

    Rock Ulibarri, an opponent of the wind ordinance that passed Dec. 20, said the petition began circulating that day. The petitioners believe they must gather 15 percent of the county’s qualified voters within 30 days to force the matter on a special election ballot.

  • County officials take oath of office

    Newly elected San Miguel County officials took the oath of office Monday as district judges Matthew Sandoval and Eugenio Mathis, in turn, swore in Sheriff Benjamin Vigil, commissioners Ron Ortega and Arthur Padilla, Assessor Elaine Estrada, and Probate Judge Horace Lucero.   

    Sheriff Vigil, a Democrat, won re-election in November with 77 percent of the vote. Vigil was first elected to head the sheriff's department in 2006.

  • Police deal with rash of car break-ins

    Las Vegas has seen an increase in vehicle break-ins over the holiday season, Interim Police Chief Christian Montaño said Monday.

    Residential burglaries, however, are comparatively down, he said.

    In November and December, 28 vehicle burglaries were reported in town, compared to only 13 during the same two months a year earlier. In a news release issued last week, Montaño warned that the break-ins were occurring to “unlocked and unattended” vehicles.

  • Student helps MainStreet increase Artwalk interest

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University business student Jewell Esquibel helped increased Las Vegas business participation in Second Saturday Artwalk through a work- study internship with MainStreet Las Vegas.

    During the fall semester, Esquibel worked as the coordinator for Second Saturday Artwalk. Since 2008, more than 75 local artists have participated in Artwalk by teaming up with local galleries, retail shops, restaurants and other businesses to attract locals and visitors to historic downtown Las Vegas.

  • Who was Stu Clark?

    With the 57th annual Stu Clark Tournament concluding on Thursday evening — third-place game at 6, followed by the championship around 8 — some spectators may be curious as to the origin of this Las Vegas holiday basketball tradition.

    Stuart “Stu” Clark, the tournament’s namesake, was one of New Mexico Highlands University’s most accomplished coaches and mentors.

  • Luna softball may be on upswing

    I can’t believe I’ve been covering sports in northeastern New Mexico for 24 years. Time goes by fast. Without giving up how old I am, I will tell you I’m fortunate that I age well.

    During the last two decades or so I have covered many teams — some good, some bad, many prominent, many contenders and many pretenders. But there is one team that stays close to my heart, and it’s right here at Luna Community College. I’m talking about our softball team.