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Today's News

  • Beyond the mat

    Wrestling taught Marcos Martinez and Jesse Valdez how to be tough, resilient, self-disciplined, self-reliant, diligent, focused and hard-working.

    And those qualities, Martinez and Valdez said, put them on a lifelong path of self-improvement, with the latest turns being doctorate programs that begin this fall. Martinez will be pursuing a doctorate in social work at Arizona State, while his longtime friend and former Robertson High teammate Valdez will be enrolled in the counseling and psychology program at Northern Colorado.

  • County in battle over tax break

    San Miguel County is fighting a ranch’s effort to get an exemption from property taxes.

    County Attorney Jesus Lopez told the County Commission last week that the county and Pecos River Open Spaces are in litigation over the ranch’s request to get a charitable exemption for its conservation easement.

  • Biker rally, area fiestas this weekend

    The fifth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally starts today and lasts through Sunday, likely bringing thousands of bikers to town.

    Also, Mora and Villanueva are celebrating their annual fiestas this weekend.

    At noon today, Plaza Park opens for the annual rally. Bands will be playing in the park much of the weekend, and a few food booths will also be set up in the Plaza area.

  • Letter: All-Star weekend gone wild

    I am writing in response to the disturbing events that took place during the recent All-Star Tournaments in Raton. I work for a lodging establishment in Raton and during the entire week of the tournaments I would have to say that I am ashamed of the coaches, parents and the teams who raised havoc on our establishment.

  • Letter: Message is loud and clear

    I read with disbelief the Optic’s story “Man charged with sex crime” on July 19. I do not know the particulars of this story, but the message to the public is loud and clear: If you are a government worker, have children or are about to retire, it is OK to (allegedly) perform a lewd act on a teenager.

    Henry Ortiz

    Ribera

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... ANOTHER BIG WEEKEND. Once again we have a big weekend in store. Beginning today, thousands of bikers will be roaring into Las Vegas for the fifth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, and many of them will find their way to two other great events — the annual fiestas at Mora and Villanueva.

    Stay safe, everyone, and let the good times roll!

  • Officials tackle septic problem

    The San Miguel County Commission has declared an emergency because of the Las Vegas’ decision to discontinue accepting septic waste at its wastewater treatment plant.

    City officials say the plant is not able to take the waste.

    In a commission-passed resolution, the county states that the non-acceptance of the waste would result in a “significant negative impact” in local haulers’ ability to provide service.

  • Letter: Son didn't die in vain

    Emilio and I recently sent a prayer message to our son Michael Esquibel, who passed away on Jan. 15, 2009, after he was struck by the train in Las Vegas while on his way to unload some trash from his worksite. The message to him went like this:

    “Dearest Michael, you did not die in vain at the railroad crossing on your way to the transfer station, as now because of the very dangerous crossing and through the efforts of many, there are now in place the very necessary warning signs and signals that will prevent any more tragic deaths.

  • Letter: Counting chickens before hatched

    A few people knew I had written a rebuttal to Kathleen Dudley’s letter, and they were wondering why it wasn’t ever published. I said, they own the newspaper so they have the right to print or not print. I am never offensive in my letters, I always speak the truth, which I can back up with documentation. Someone mentioned that maybe the Optic was prejudiced, and I said I have never known them to be.

  • Drug search illegal, court rules

    A local district judge shouldn’t have admitted evidence that resulted in a man’s conviction for drug crimes, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

    In a July 8 opinion, the Court of Appeals overruled District Judge Abigail Aragon, who decided to allow drug evidence in a case involving Kenneth Ulibarri, 32.

    Ulibarri served nearly two years in prison in connection with drug charges, but he reserved the right to appeal what he considered an illegal search.