Today's News

  • Cowboy hoops split in Pueblo

    Former Pojoaque star Ryan Gonzales led all players with 15 points and helped New Mexico Highlands defeat Colorado College 71-49 Saturday in the 27th Annual Al-Kaly Classic hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo.

    Gonzales sank four three-point baskets and made three free throws to go with two assists, one rebound and a block. Marcus Williams added 11 points and Momcilo Latinovic had nine for NMHU (1-1).

    Highlands, which outshot Colorado College 42 percent to 37 percent and outrebounded its foe 41-34, led 33-18 at halftime.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 21, 2011

    No local varsity events

    • NMHU women at Oklahoma Panhandle State, 7 p.m., Goodwell, Okla.
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Capital (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    • NMHU men vs. Eastern New Mexico, TBA
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Peñasco (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • FYI - Sports - Nov. 21, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

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  • Staffing woes plague police

    A manpower shortage has forced state police to cut back on its 24-hour police patrols in San Miguel County.

    The staffing change has San Miguel County officials saying that it’s more important than ever for the county to bring on more sheriff’s deputies, though finding the money to do that is proving to be a challenge.

  • Mora janitor claims assault by official

    A Mora school board member who has been critical of the current administration is being accused of assaulting a school janitor.

  • A Helping Hand
  • Council approves contract for EDC

    The City Council unanimously approved a $38,000 contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation at its meeting Wednesday evening despite some concerns raised by members of the governing body.

    Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, acknowledged that the city has had issues and concerns with the organization in recent times, but he said he felt the agreement being proposed was a good one. The EDC, which strives to promote economic development in this area, has been in turmoil in recent times.

  • Guadalupita woman wins $200,000

    Submitted to the Optic

    A bad wind blew good fortune to a Guadalupita woman.

    Rebecca Leyba won $200,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Diamond Avalanche” Scratcher game.  

    She ended up with the winning ticket after she and her husband drove 50 miles to Las Vegas to replace windows broken in a windstorm. On their way home Monday, they stopped for gas and snacks.      

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 18, 2011

    Optic Staff and Wire

    West teacher on paid leave

    A West Las Vegas Middle School teacher has been put on administrative leave with pay, but the district isn’t saying why.
    Superintendent Ruben Cordova said the teacher was placed on administrative leave on Monday.
    Cordova said he couldn’t discuss specifics because it’s a personnel issue and is currently under investigation.

    Sipapu opens this weekend

  • Jail Log - Nov. 18, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 8 and Nov. 14:
    Martin Sanchez, 47, aggravated battery
    Keith Villanueva, 21, bench warrant
    Jessica Montoya, 28, failure to pay fines for battery on a household member and probation violation charges
    Darla Stone, 30, positive UA
    Adam Dimas, 38, positive UA
    Robert Nieto, 52, failure to appear on suspended/revoked driver’s license
    Eric Larson, 19, false imprisonment, interference with communication