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Today's News

  • Frozen in Time

    When polar bears jump into freezing waters they’re wearing a thick, white fur coat. When humans do it, Why? is not an unreasonable question.

    Many skip the question and just call the extreme sport crazy and bizarre, especially in light of temperatures in the teens. But the “Bears” call it invigorating and a great way to begin the new year.

  • Mora woman wins $50,000 in lottery

    ALBUQUERQUE — Beatrice Vigil of Mora won $50,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Holiday Chile Tree” Scratcher.

    “I’m overwhelmed,” Vigil said. “I still can’t believe I won.”

    Vigil bought her lucky $5 ticket on Dec. 20 while waiting for her sister-in-law to buy milk. After finding the prize, the winner drove home to show the ticket to her husband, Sam Martinez, who was sick in bed.   

  • Police: Trespassers attack men on their property

    Two Las Vegas men allegedly used rocks and pieces of firewood to attack a couple of other men after trespassing onto their property on Dec. 20, police say.

    Martin Gutierrez, 46, of 907 Don Fidel, and Estevan Gutierrez, 23, of  1112 Montezuma Ave., each face charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated use of a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, criminal damage to property and criminal trespassing in connection to the Dec. 20 incident. The elder Gutierrez also faces one charge of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

  • Que Pasa-Jan. 5, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • SynergyFest Planning Committee  meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Traveler’s Café in Tapetes de Lana Weaving Center on the Plaza.The 8th annual SynergyFest will be held April 30th. SynergyFest celebrates the potential of a sustainable future for the community surrounding Las Vegas, New Mexico. The committee needs help with all areas: entertainment, logistics, vendors, workshops, publicity and fundraising. For more information, contact Cheryl Zebrowski at 505-718-6932.

  • Noticias-Jan. 5, 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.

  • Martinez off to good start

    So far we just don’t see the Big Bad Boogiewoman that some feared would come out of Susana Martinez once elected. So far, we can only applaud the moves she’s made.

    First thing, shortly after midnight on Jan. 1, she signed executive orders that opened up state government, by prohibiting state departments and boards from hiring lobbyists, directing agencies to cooperate with any federal investigation and limiting the administration’s use of executive privilege to deny public records requests.

  • Work of Art: Tell me model, make, year

    By Art Trujillo

    Las Vegas Optic

    As a child, I’d spend a lot of time waiting for my dad to get off work at B.M. Werley Auto Co., then the Ford Dealership on Grand Avenue.

    I knew all the front-office staff and most of those in the garage. Remember, in those days, new cars were guaranteed to break at least once on being driven for the first time. That kept the backshop full and the crew busy.

  • Martinez breaks wins record

    Robertson High’s wrestling team returned from last week’s Silver City Duals with another team title.

    RHS senior Daniel Martinez came back with the school record for wins in a career.

    Martinez went 8-0 to run his career victory total to 202, passing older brothers Jake and Adam in the Cardinal record book.

    Oh, and as he’s done at every tournament to date this season, Martinez also earned Outstanding Middleweight Wrestler honors.

  • Road split for HU teams

    Thomas Manzano recorded 27 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals, and Momcilo Latinovic scored 21 to go with 11 rebounds as New Mexico Highlands rolled over host Colorado Christian 79-62 Monday night in Lakewood, Colo.

    The victory came 24 hours after coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys (10-2 overall, 6-2 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) endured only their second defeat of the season, a 95-76 setback against then-undefeated Colorado School of Mines.

  • Mora boys rock Pecos, capture Tri-City title

    Four Mora Rangers scored in double figures, outrunning and outgunning the Pecos Panthers 84-45 this past weekend in the unexpectedly lopsided finale of the Tri-City Tournament held in Pecos.

    The tourney final had been slated for Thursday, Dec. 30, in Santa Rosa but was moved to Saturday in Pecos, reportedly due to weather.

    Tyler Martinez led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Adam Laumbach with 14 and Andrew Lesse and Lucas Serna with a dozen each for Mora (8-1).

    Isidro Sena and John Vigil led Pecos (5-6) with 14 points each.