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Today's News

  • Cowgirl track picked third

    With All-American Angella Graham leading the charge, New Mexico Highlands University’s women’s track and field program is gaining new respect within the ranks of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    NMHU was picked to finish third in the preseason RMAC women’s outdoor track and field poll, released Wednesday by the league’s Colorado Springs office.

    Adams State College was the coaches’ choice to repeat as league champion and received nine first-place votes. Nebraska-Kearney is predicted to finish second in the 10-team league.

  • Official's residency in question

    Until this month, voter registration records showed that San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia lived at 220 Delgado St.

    So, of course, she lived there. Or maybe not.

    The Optic decided to drop by.

    Knock, knock.

    A young woman answered the door to the residence, which is part of a duplex. But the woman said Garcia was her landlady and didn’t live there.

  • Above and Beyond: A star is born

    Kylie Angelique Tafoya, 8, likes to perform in front of large audiences.

    That’s according to Sara Harris, the mistress of ceremonies at the recent sold-out 16th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad.

    “The bigger the audience the better,” Harris said.

    The young San Juan girl took the New Mexico Hispano Music Association’s Child Artist of the Year Award.

    As Kylie took the stage during the Hispanidad event, she stepped up to the microphone but she couldn’t quite make it. She took a little jump, and her fingers slipped off.

  • Letter: County roads and maintenance

    I live in the Mineral Hill area and it seems we are in the land of the forgotten. Forgotten by the San Miguel County Roads Department as far as maintaining our roads and providing a solid road base for our roads. Our roads have become impassable during bad weather, i.e., rain and snow. I personally own four 4X4s and I have been stuck twice in the last month. I have also pulled out many of my neighbors who also own 4X4s or all-wheel-drive vehicles.

  • Hounds muzzled

    David Bustillos broke loose for six hits, four runs and three runs batted in Tuesday as host New Mexico Highlands bombarded Eastern New Mexico 21-0 at Brandt Park.

    The Cowboys (18-5), who outhit the Greyhounds 29-4, scored four runs in each of the first three innings.

    Steven Becerra (1-1) earned his first win of the season after allowing one hit in his four innings of work, and the Cowboy bullpen kept the shutout intact.

  • Andrade is All-American

    For 30 years, no one could touch Mark Cassidy’s school record of 484 points scored in a single season for Highlands men’s basketball against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents.

    Then came Roman Andrade’s breakout season of 2009-10.

    Andrade, a 6-2 senior guard, scored 506 points in 22 games vs. RMAC foes — an average of 22.6 a game — that includes 19 regular-season contests plus three in the RMAC Shootout.

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  • ONLINE STORY: Local woman dies in crash; other driver believed to have been drinking

    A Las Vegas resident died in a car accident late Tuesday night when a wrong-way driver struck her car, state police said.

    Mariah J. Arguello, 18, a 2009 West Las Vegas High School graduate, was killed shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Interstate 25 near San Juan. She was apparently driving back to Las Vegas.

    The other driver, Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe, was traveling south, but then crossed into the northbound lanes, hitting Arguello's Suziki car head on, police said.

  • County employees get pay hikes

    Many government agencies are cutting the number of their employees and furloughing the ones who are left.

    But San Miguel County Commission last week approved a 3 percent salary increase for those who didn’t receive a pay hike earlier this fiscal year.

    County Commission Chairman David Salazar said the increase was to the credit of county staff. And he said officials in different departments have been doing a good job in raising revenue to make the raise possible.

  • Senior Profile: Recalled to life?

    Imagine a person who combines the full spectrum of reality and communing with nature with deep convictions of spirituality — a transcendentalist, perhaps — of the 21st century.

    Janice “Jan” Arrott, the embodiment of this combination, was born in October 1932 in Worthington, Minn. She never knew her father, Arthur James, who died two months before Jan was born.