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Today's News

  • Gallegos out as WLV baseball coach

    One of Dean Gallegos’ proudest moments came this summer when he served as chief organizer and primary host of the first North-South all-star baseball week to be held in Las Vegas.

    As it turned out, it was also one of his last moments as West Las Vegas’ head baseball coach.

  • Cowgirls tabbed 6th in soccer poll

    Even without some key personnel from recent campaigns, the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team should factor into the race for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason.

    That’s according to the 2012 RMAC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll, released this past Wednesday by the league office in Colorado Springs.

    Highlands is predicted to finish sixth in the 10-team league, which is where the Cowgirls wound up last fall, making it to the conference tournament a second straight year.

  • FYI - Sports - August 20, 2012

    Bean Day softball tournament will be held Sept. 1-2 in Wagon Mound. First through fourth place trophies will be awarded, as will honors for one home run, 10 all-tourney shirts and one MVP sweatshirt. Entry fee is $175. Contact Felipe Garcia at 505-718-9322 or 575-666-3030 for more details and registration information.

  • Oil and gas industry touted

    As activists work to keep the oil and gas industry out of San Miguel County, state Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela praised the industry in a rare address to the County Commission.

     “I think the oil and gas industry can help your county,” Barela told the Commission on Tuesday, saying that it could bring hundreds of high-paying jobs to the area. He was invited to address the governing body by Commissioner Ron Ortega.

  • Coach killed in Interstate accident

    Las Vegas Optic Staff

    A Las Vegas Little League coach was killed Wednesday night in an accident on Interstate 25 near Watrous.

    The accident occurred just before 10 p.m. on the northbound on-ramp at Mile Marker 366, according to state police.

    David Archuleta, 39, the only occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene, said Capt. Tommy Hooper.

    Hooper said Archuleta went off the shoulder, and his 1995 Chevy passenger vehicle rolled about two times. The vehicle caught fire. Archuleta was pronounced dead at the scene, Hooper said.

  • Raspberry Ranch is popular draw

    Sisters Beth Duggan and Linda Ferguson spent Wednesday afternoon picking raspberries at Salman Raspberry Ranch in La Cueva, off N.M. 518, near Mora.

    The Texas residents were visiting the area along with their husbands, John Duggan and Clint Ferguson.

    The Duggans are regular raspberry ranch visitors, who own a home  in Angel Fire. It was, however, the Fergusons’  first trip to the roughly five- acre raspberry field.

  • Council approves union raises

    Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union who work for the city of Las Vegas will see their annual salaries increase by $1,040, under the terms of a contract ratified by the City Council Wednesday night.

    The contract also calls for those same workers to receive a one-time payment of $75 at the end of the year if they complete all of their required safety trainings.

    Negotiations on the new contract began in March and were completed in July.

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  • West Mesa killing investigation aids police on other cases

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Efforts to solve serial killings in West Mesa have led police to evidence in other cold cases

    Authorities said new tips generated in the case led investigators to link a slew of results from rape test kits to a serial rapist who preyed on women in the 1990s. Police do not know his name, but his DNA profile is now in a national database, KRQE-TV reported Thursday.

    In addition, two other men have been linked to cold case rapes, police said.

  • Jail Log - August 17, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12:

    Charles Higgins, 47, Adult Probation Office bench warrant: Positive UA

    Evelyn Lucero, 60, cruelty to animals

    Linda Porter, 48, aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license, careless driving, no insurance, speeding

    Edward Fernandez, 30, aggravated driving while intoxicated