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Today's News

  • Letter: County road crew doing good job

    I want to express thanks to the San Miguel County Road Department for clearing the roads of snow this winter, especially County Road A18A, which is one of the worst unpaved roads.

    Thanks to County Manager Les Montoya and the entire Road Department’s crew and staff, including road foreman Daniel Encinias and Toby Medina, Rudy Salazar and Michael Vigil, among others.

    The crew was even out on Feb. 25 at 5:50 a.m. clearing the road through my place when it was 16 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit).

    Their work is greatly appreciated!

    Dorothy Simpson

  • Cowboys up to 11th

    Fresh off a series win over league rival Metropolitan State College of Denver — and a No. 11 national ranking by one notable baseball publication — the New Mexico Highlands University baseball team has solidified its hold on first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    NMHU will host Colorado State-Pueblo beginning with a nine-inning game 3 p.m. Friday at Brandt Park.

  • Letter: Catholic Church given by Christ

    The spirit of the Lenten Season appears to affect people in strange, even vengeful ways. In a Feb. 26 letter to the editor, a supposedly man of the cloth “Man of God” chose to attack the Catholic church, Catholic people and Catholic traditions in general.

    If minister Neal Abott, Eastside Church of Christ, had his way, no religion could or should respect any of their own traditions, merely read the Bible and form whatever conclusions they chose to.

  • Letter: Making a mess of Alamo Street

    The City of Las Vegas claims, as printed by the Optic on Monday, “Residents contend that the city has torn up the street more than once. But city officials said the city hasn’t done anything over again on Alamo. They said a contractor did some patchwork paving before a previous winter.”

  • City of Las Vegas annexes state hospital

    The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday decided to annex the state hospital — in what is believed to the biggest addition to the city in four decades.

    The council voted unanimously to annex the 153 acres of the hospital property and the neighboring land of Eloisa Peña. Peña’s property was needed to connect the state hospital property to the city.

  • Wright on the money

    One remarkable fact about Seth Wright’s national championship season: it almost didn’t happen at all.

    Wright was out of wrestling when New Mexico Highlands University head coach Doug Moses persuaded him to give the sport another go (and make the move to NMHU).

    Wright agreed, and on Saturday, mere months after that decision, the 125-pound senior claimed the NCAA Division II national championship in his weight class.

  • Man sentenced for robbing store

    A man who was accused of holding up a convenience store, among other crimes, has been convicted, the district attorney said.

    Richard Griego, 23, of Ribera has been sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison and two years of parole, District Attorney Richard Flores said in a statement.

    According to the DA’s office, Griego held up the Allsups at 113 S. Grand Ave. Witnesses said Griego placed some items on the counter and as a clerk opened up the cash register, Griego jumped over the counter and pulled out the drawer and fled the store with the cash.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN f or ... A MUDDY MESS. Residents along Alamo Street are understandably fed up with the undone reconstruction of their street. Work was stopped last fall, leaving an inside-the-city dirt road that turned to mud with all the snows this winter.

  • Letter: Health care issue can be solved

    As a teenager I lived with my family near London, England, for two years. This was in 1954 and ‘55 — 10 years after the end of World War II. I remember seeing whole acres of London which were flat planes where bombed out structures had been cleared away but not yet replaced. Meat and coal were rationed and paper was in very short supply.

  • You're taking property rights, county told

    Two San Miguel County landowners are asking the County Commission to rescind its moratorium on oil and gas drilling. They said it is impacting their property rights.

    Larry Webb and Phil Bidegain — both of whom own land on the county’s east side — told the commission this week that they have leases with companies for possible oil and gas drilling.

    Webb said he has a lease that comes up on May 4. He said he fears the company may not renew it because of the uncertainty surrounding the moratorium.