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Today's News

  • Good start for RHS, WLV runners

    By Dave Kavanaugh

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Meadow City’s usual suspects were near the front of the pack this past Saturday in the Española cross country invitational.

    Robertson’s Kaitlyn Hutchinson and Brian Maestas came away with dual third-place medals to lead their respective squads in the girls’ and boys’ races. Meanwhile, West Las Vegas’ Jordan Lopez was eighth and Amanda Ortzow 13th to pace the harriers in green and gold.

  • Cops use rare type of warrant

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    Last year, local authorities got an “anticipatory search warrant” to go through a suspect’s car for drugs.

    It’s a rarely issued type of warrant — the constitutionality of which New Mexico courts haven’t specifically addressed.

    Such warrants are issued when officers have convinced a judge that they have probable cause to believe that there will be certain evidence at a specific place at a future time.

  • Officials say they learned lessons

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    San Miguel County officials say they have learned some lessons from the task force that produced a proposed ordinance regulating wind farms.

    They spoke during the first meeting of the oil and gas task force, which is expected to draft an ordinance for energy production in the county.

    County Manager Les Montoya said he hopes the new task force will focus on its members.

  • Lady Cards getting chances

    The stingy defense and effective ball control that Robertson girls’ soccer coach Ray Parks wants to see from his club has been in full effect thus far this season.

    As for the improved offense and goal totals?

    “It’s getting there.”

    The Lady Cardinals, also known by their moniker “Beastie Girls,” lost Saturday’s season opener at Portales 3-0, then cruised to a 3-0 win Monday over visiting Monte del Sol.

    Playing in its fourth game, Portales outshot Robertson 13-8, mostly in the first half.

  • Women's golf tourney an ace

    Submitted to the Las Vegas Optic

    A picture perfect day, a golf course in pristine condition and a lot of hard work by the Tournament committee contributed to a wonderful Play Day Tournament Aug. 25 at the Gene Torres Highlands Course.

    Twenty women from Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Pendaries competed for prizes which were awarded at a luncheon following the 18-hole scramble tournament.

    Martha Spencer won “closest to the hole” and Las Vegas’ own Dodie Torres won “longest drive.” 

  • 'Tu'? Or 'usted' instead?

    Here’s a brief primer on one important difference between English and Spanish. Somewhere along the linguistic ladder, people stopped using “thee” and “thou” in English, whereas the Romance languages, for example Spanish, retained forms like “usted.”

    I won’t speculate as to whether the use of particular word combinations determines respect, or lack thereof, or is the result of it. Which came first?

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... PARADE WINNERS. Congratulations to the winners of the Fiesta parade in July. They worked hard and should be applauded for their accomplishments.

    Thumbs DOWN for ... A LACK OF RECOGNITION. Unfortunately, the Fiesta Council hasn’t seen fit to give any recognition to the winners of the July parade. Judges were on hand during the parade, but we have yet to see the results.

    It’s time the council gave the winners some recognition.

  • Fiesta leader blasts Optic, official

    Fiesta Council President Mathew Martinez last week accused the Las Vegas Optic of violating journalistic values in covering his group, saying the public needs to hold the newspaper accountable.

    He also contended that City Councilwoman Diane Moore was grandstanding when she suggested the city take over the Fiesta Council until it regains its stability.

    For three days last week, Martinez used his morning New Mexico music program on radio station KNMX to defend the Fiesta Council against recent criticism.

  • Ruling against search stands

    A drug search that led to charges against Las Vegas resident Kenneth Ulibarri has been deemed illegal.

    But that does little good for Ulibarri, who served two years in prison because of the charges.

    On Aug. 19, the state Supreme Court let stand a Court of Appeals ruling in July that found the search illegal.

    The Court of Appeals had overturned a decision by local District Judge Abigail Aragon allowing drug evidence in the state’s case against Ulibarri, 32.

  • City avoids hiring consultant

    The Las Vegas City Council recently rejected hiring a consultant to help form a residents council for public housing. So the city found a free way to get the job done.

    The authority has entered an agreement with Highlands University master’s student Gloria Tafoya to start the residents council and work on other projects for the housing authority.

    In June, the housing authority proposed that the city enter into a contract with Highlands University professor James Alarid for up to $5,700 to form the residents council, which amounted to $25 per resident.