Today's News

  • Unemployment claims rise

    By Christopher S. Rugaber
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week after three weeks of decline.

    Even with the gain, applications remained at a level consistent with modest hiring. And the broader trend over the past month suggests job growth could pick up further in the new year.

    Weekly applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

  • Students of the Month
  • Two crowned as Miss Las Vegas and Miss San Miguel County

    Submitted to the Optic

    Kayla Gonzales, 18, won the title of Miss Las Vegas 2012 and DeAnna Jerge, 18, won the title of Miss San Miguel County 2012 at the 10th Annual Miss Las Vegas/Miss San Miguel County Scholarship Pageant.

    The pageant was earlier this month at West Las Vegas High School.

    Gonzales attends New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College. She sang “Better in Time” by Leona Lewis for her talent. She will promote a platform of Juvenile Diabetes “Fighting for a Cure” as Miss Las Vegas.

  • Noticias - Dec. 30, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • Cowboys go for 104 vs. Eagles

    It took nearly four minutes for New Mexico Highlands to get on the scoreboard Wednesday night against Northern New Mexico College, but once the Cowboys (5-5) got started, they were impossible to stop.

    Highlands passed the century mark for the first time this season, shooting down the visiting Eagles 104-78 before several thousand fans at the Wilson Complex. The game tipped off close to 10 p.m. and didn’t finish until nearly midnight. The university planned the late start in conjunction with a full day of Stu Clark Tournament basketball at the Cowboys’ home gym.

  • Early thrills in Stu Clark tourney

    Matinee games beat the prime-time contests in terms of pure basketball drama on Wednesday as the 58th Stu Clark Tournament got under way at the Wilson Complex.

    The tournament concludes Friday with a full day of action. (See schedule for times; next week’s Optic will carry full coverage of the remainder of the tourney.)

    First, tourney newcomer Moriarty overcame a 10-point deficit to sneak past Silver 49-48. The Colts, who got double-digit scoring efforts from Alex Lopez (18), Derek Salas (12) and Brandon Reese (10 plus six boards), led 28-23 at halftime.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 20, 2011

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado School of Mines, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Stu Clark Tournament: seventh-place game 9 a.m., fifth-place game (consolation final) 11 a.m., third-place game 1 p.m., championship 9 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson at Silver Duals, Silver City

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Mora County Notebook: Girl Scout troop continues to grow

    Girl Scout Troop #10338 was organized by Lillian Mestas more than a year ago with just a few members has grown to 17 members. The girls are ages five through 11.The troop meet every week. But each section meets every other week also. They have three small groups including Daisies, Brownies and Juniors.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Dec. 30, 2011

    Community Calendar

    8 p.m. — Doors open and at 9 p.m. New Years Eve Dance begins, VFW Hall, music by Agua Negra Band, refreshments, $10 a person
    10 a.m. — Mora County Commission meeting, Mora School Board Room
    TBA — Mora Rangers basketball at NRG tournament, Pojoaque, varsity, continues until Jan. 7
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangers basketball vs. Peñasco, home

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The people and events of this past year

    The end of yet another wonderful year causes me to both look back and look forward. Yes, Thanksgiving is past, but I have to many things and events to be thankful for.