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Today's News

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 15, 2010

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Carnegie Library. The theme will be “Here comes Santa Claus.” The book and music will be “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore. The craft will be a holly wreath.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • The home and storefront decoration contest will be judged from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Applications for these events are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 503 Sixth St. For more information, call 425-8631.

  • Alta Vista’s leader selected

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s interim chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, is keeping her job permanently.

    She has served as interim CEO since Sept. 27, after the resignation of Richard Grogan. The hospital is owned by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.

    Wayne Sonchar, chairman of the hospital’s advisory board, said Acosta is an enthusiastic and accomplished leader who will be a good fit for the hospital and community.  

  • Return of Renaissance
  • Leader’s resignation accepted

    Las Vegas City Schools board members accepted the resignation of Superintendent Rick Romero at last week’s meeting. However, one board member praised the superintendent.

    Board member Phillip Vigil said, “I personally want to thank him very much for all his help, and for all the hardships he went through, and still he stayed. A lot of superintendents would have left on Day 29.”
    He was referring to the attacks on players during a football camp that happened soon after Romero took office.

  • Economist: Keep young in county

    San Miguel County needs more younger residents for its economy to improve.

    “Your population is getting older quickly. The population you’re losing is from 20 to 40 years old, which is demographically the sweet spot,” said Jeffrey Mitchell of the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

    Employers are increasingly relying on technically-skilled employees, requiring more flexibility, he said.

  • District keeps secret the report on ex-official’s alleged violation

    The Las Vegas City Schools is keeping secret the details of its investigation into former Superintendent Richard Romero’s alleged violation of the district’s computer-use policy.

    The district’s attorney, Ramon Vigil, denied a request from the Optic last week to see the investigatory report on Romero.

    Romero allegedly gave a flash drive to an employee, who opened it and found files with labels considered offensive. Officials haven’t described the files.

  • Cards reach Prep tourney final

    The Robertson Cardinals made their first major waves of the boys’ basketball season over the weekend by reaching the finals of the Sandia Prep Invitational.

    Coach David Bustos’ Redbirds tempered that glory with a dose of perspective, however, as the host Sundevils bested them 70-45 on Saturday night in Albuquerque.

    Sandia Prep is 9-1 and ranked second among Class 3A boys’ teams, as it was most of last season. The Sundevils are considered a state title contender with a decent chance at upending top-rated Hope Christian.

  • Lady Dons 2-1 in SF tourney

    A consolation title, a sportsmanship trophy, an all-tournament team selection and an early win over a crosstown rival.

    Not a bad haul for the West Las Vegas girls’ basketball team and coach Jose Medina, who went 2-1 in the Capital City Invitational over the weekend in Santa Fe.

    It’s the first time in the hoops tourney’s history that a girls’ bracket has been included along with the boys’.

  • NMHU tagged with first loss

    Mesa State dealt visiting New Mexico Highlands its first defeat of the season Saturday night in Grand Junction, Colo.

    The Mavericks won 89-82, ending the Cowboys’ season-opening win streak at six games.

    Highlands (6-1, 3-1 RMAC) had beaten Western State 77-66 the previous night in Gunnison, Colo.

    Thomas Manzano led NMHU with 21 points and seven rebounds; he went eight of 15 from the floor, helping the Cowboys shoot 53 percent.

  • Dons edge Pecos

    T.J. Esquibel sank three of four free throws within the last 34 seconds of regulation Friday night, securing a hard-fought 65-60 West Las Vegas win over Pecos at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Coach Morgan Montaño’s Dons improved to 3-3 overall and dropped

    Clyde Sanchez’s Panthers to a deceptive 1-3.

    With the exception of a strong second quarter for West Las Vegas, the game was closely contested throughout, as Pecos employed an effective press and created turnovers that led to transition opportunities.