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Today's News

  • Sheriff investigating release of inmate

    The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department is investigating County Manager Les Montoya’s role in the release of an inmate over the weekend.

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who has differed with Montoya on a number of issues, confirmed the inquiry, but he said he wouldn’t release any details until he finished it.

  • District judge maintains joint custody terms, for now

    The attorney for a state police officer under investigation in an altercation with his former girlfriend last week asked a judge on Monday to transfer full custody of the pair’s child to the officer.

    But state District Judge Abigail Aragon decided to keep the joint custody terms in place until a surveillance tape that captured the fight is made available.

  • Cowgirls muzzle Wolves in overtime

    Krista Mashak sliced a shot past Colorado State-Pueblo goalkeeper Jessica Stumpf 27 seconds into overtime Sunday, sneaking New Mexico Highlands to a 4-3 verdict on the road.

    The Cowgirls improved to 5-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in their second season under Justin Wagar.

    CSUP scored twice in the first eight minutes and held on to a 2-0 halftime lead. Tamra Nee scored off a deflection five minutes into the match. Then at the 7:24 mark, Katie Thiebaut connected to the upper right corner of the net, beating Amanda Rose Johnson.

  • Residents wonder about colored water

    Some city residents have noticed rusty-colored water with a slight odor in recent weeks. But a city official says it isn’t health-threatening.

    The Optic has received calls from a number of water customers concerned about their water quality.

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman said some of his constituents have called him about the problem. He said anytime that the city works on the pipeline system, that will release some accumulated sediments into the system.

    “It’s a visual thing,” he said.

  • Editorial: Ensure the intent

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz isn’t one to shy away from taking the initiative. Since entering office earlier this year, he’s taken the lead on a number of hot-potato issues, even when he’s had to ruffle a few feathers. Perhaps it’s because he’s not interested in a second term. Or maybe it’s because he doesn’t want politics to get in the way of community progress.

  • Lady Card runners take 4th in SFIS Invite

    Highlights from the Santa Fe Indian School Cross Country Invitational, held Saturday in Santa Fe and featuring Robertson, Mora and Pecos:

    GIRLS' VARSITY TEAMS

    1. Los Alamos, 24

    2. St. Michael's, 74

    3. Shiprock, 82

    4. Robertson, 94

    5. Santa Fe Indian, 111

    6. Pojoaque, 158

    7. Hope Christian, 168

    GIRLS' VARSITY

    INDIVIDUALS

    1. Kate Norskog, St. Mike's, 20:08

    6. Kaitlyn Hutchinson, RHS, 21:14

    18. Karleen Montaño, RHS, 22:53

    21. Alexis DeVries, RHS, 23:02

  • City unable to get water from Storrie

    Storrie Lake serves as a backup for storage of city water, but that doesn’t mean much now.

    In late July, a flood caused damage to the pipeline connecting Storrie to the city’s water plant.

    That’s not a big issue now because the city’s two main reservoirs, Peterson and Bradner, are filled up. But it could become critical if Las Vegas were in a drought.

  • Official asked about tax hike

    The president of the Las Vegas City Schools board on Monday pelted the district’s business manager with questions about how she could have avoided a financial problem that is leading to a big increase in taxes.  

    Afterward, board members closed their doors, saying they wanted to discuss a personnel matter involving the 30 percent property tax hike. No decisions were made.

  • HU spikers swept on road

    It’s been rough on the road lately for New Mexico Highlands’ volleyball team, which saw its current losing skid reach seven over the weekend courtesy of the top two teams in its division..

    NMHU (4-12 overall, 0-6 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) lost in straight sets at Fort Lewis in Durango, Colo., and at Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colo., on Friday and Saturday nights.

    The Cowgirls gave Fort Lewis’ Skyhawks a good test in games one and three, losing 25-20, 25-15, 25-22 on Friday.

  • Big run in Boulder

    Moses Kirui continues his strong regular-season effort for the New Mexico Highlands men’s cross country team. Kirui cracked the top 10 of the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Shootout 8-kilometer men’s race on Saturday in Boulder, Colo., with a time of 25:37.

    As a team, the Cowboys finished a respectable fifth among non-Division I schools in the meet, hosted by the University of Colorado-Boulder.