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Today's News

  • County eyes new idea for wind rules

    Most of the debate about San Miguel County’s proposed law for wind farms has focused on a provision requiring a three-mile distance between wind turbines and homes.

    The industry contends such a rule would keep wind farms out of most places in the county. But wind-farm opponents argue that turbines would create nose and ruin the area’s scenic views.

    This week, however, county officials attempted to move the discussion away from the three-mile setback.

  • Police search for robbery suspect

    Police are searching for a Las Vegas man who allegedly attacked and robbed another man last week.

    Magistrate Court has issued an arrest warrant for Joseph Garduño, 18, 614 Taos St. He is charged with robbery, aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and three counts of conspiracy.

    His uncle, Paul Garduño, 51, who is accused in the attack, faces the same charges.

  • Highlands University proposes parking permit system

    When motorists are looking for a parking place, it’s always a great feeling to see an open space close to their destinations.

    But with a lot of new construction going on at Highlands University, parking is becoming a major hassle, some say.

    President Jim Fries told the Board of Regents at a recent meeting that the school’s master plan stresses the importance of a permit system for future parking on campus.

  • Sports Commentary: Maybe Favre knows best

    America’s Favorite Pastime used to be baseball. Now it’s the annual summer tradition of waiting to see what Brett Favre is going to do or not do.

    Right up there with Fourth of July fireworks, backyard barbecues and camping trips, is the ritual of tuning into ESPN to decipher the latest cryptic preseason comment of the future Hall of Fame quarterback.

    As of press time, Favre hadn’t made up his mind whether he’s going to finally call it a career or return to the Minnesota Vikings.

    That’s the official story, at least.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The volunteers at El Comedor (the Tuesday evening soup kitchen at the Senior Center) would like to thank Chairman Mike Fields and the rest of the Rough Rider Rally Committee and Joe Aragon from the Department of Health for their donation of leftover barbecue chicken, potato salad and other goodies for our Tuesday evening meal. It was delicious and enjoyed by all who came.

  • At 25, woman leads county ag office

    Samantha Ortiz joined 4-H when she was 5. At 25, she now oversees a lot of the organization’s local activities as the San Miguel County 4-H and Agriculture Extension agent.

    Ortiz says she, Mora agent Skip Finley and the fair board all have had their hands full in recent days preparing for the county fair, which begins today and runs through Sunday, but has been in the works since the end of the 2009 event.

    “The work really never ends on the 4-H side, as we guide the kids in the right way, for show-time,” Ortiz said.

  • Letter: Good reporting requires digging

    Was reading the article by David Giuliani “The decline in smoking,” in the Optic on Aug. 2, when half way through, I started smoking.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A LOCAL ATTRACTION. Last week, as part of Las Vegas’ Heritage Week, Fort Union Drive-in showed a free double feature, “Red Dawn” and “Convoy.” Both movies are among many with scenes shot in Las Vegas.

    The Meadow City is lucky to have a drive-in theater; it’s one of only two in New Mexico, the other being in Carlsbad. It contributes to the quality of life of our community, as a fun place to go on summer weekends.

  • Official, ex-queen asked to leave

    The embattled Fiesta Council, which began its meeting more than a half hour late Tuesday, closed its doors to the public.

    As a result, members told City Councilwoman Diane Moore, former Fiesta Queen Carmela Montoya and an Optic reporter to leave.

    On Wednesday, city officials expressed concern about the closed meeting.

    The Fiesta Council is an independent nonprofit group, but depends heavily on city’s help to put on the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas, which is held around the Fourth of July every year.

  • Long drive qualifier Saturday

    ALBUQUERQUE -- The RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships will hold a local qualifier Saturday at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park Golf Training Facility.

    The event is a district qualifier and entrants earn the opportunity to qualify for the $500,000 RE/MAX World Long Drive Challenge in November in Mesquite, Nev.

    The event starts 10 a.m.  No pre-registration is required of entrants and there is no limit on the number of long-drive attempts by any entrant.