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Today's News

  • Vegas Bowl 57: Big plays lift Cards

    In the end, Robertson had one big play too many for crosstown rival West Las Vegas on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.
    Arjay Ortiz gained 244 yards on the ground and passed for another 108 in leading the Cardinals to a 51-21 win in Vegas Bowl 57.
    It was a nailbiter through two and a half quarters, though, and after John Balizan’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Tapia at the 7:41 mark of the third quarter, West trailed just 27-21.

  • Reducing recidivism

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The San Miguel County Commission’s lengthy regular October meeting included informational presentations on a number of key and/or specialized items.

    One of those items was from the Citizens Advisory Committee, requesting the Commission follow up on commitments that past commissioners had made to the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Second half key as Cards down Dons in Vegas Bowl

    Vegas Bowl 57 had the feel of a classic for two and a half quarters, the score 27-21 with 7:41 left in the third.

    Then host Robertson made the first of several big-yardage plays, starting a run of 24 unanswered points in a 51-21 final Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    The outcome left the Cardinals (8-1) and Dons (6-3) tied for second place in District 2-4A with 4-1 records. St. Michael's throttled Santa Fe Indian Saturday to remain unbeaten in district at 5-0.

  • State soccer: Beasties upset Taos

    No. 10 seed Robertson girls' soccer surprised No. 7 Taos by a 2-0 count Saturday afternoon at Eco Park in Taos.

    The Lady Cardinals and coach Jeff Houdek advance to play Bosque in the Class 1A-4A state quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

    As a top-four seed, Robertson's boys had a first-round bye. They play either No. 6 Hatch Valley or No. 11 Bernalillo at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the complex.

    See the Optic print and online editions for coverage.

  • San Miguel del Vado student awarded scholarships

    Submittted to the Optic

    Congratulations are in order for Tiffany Encinas, who was recently announced as an annual scholarship winner.

    The El Valle Community Center in Villanueva announced Encinias as winner of $1,000 scholarships.

    The requirements include 15 hours of community service at the center, a one-page essay on both who inspired the recipient the most and to elaborate on her career choice.

    It also required two recommendation letters, official high school transcript and 2.5 high school GPA.

  • Railroad safety must be no easy business

    Palabras Pintorescas — By Editha Bartley

    Yes, I am a news junkie, and when I heard on the TV news that there was a train wreck, derailment near Watrous, here in Mora County, I was surely surprised.

    Train wrecks are not common in this part of our world and this passenger train apparently hit a fallen rock on the track. That is not good.

  • Bail reduced for murder defendant

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A defendent in a San Miguel county murder case, who had been previously held without bail, is still in jail, but a hearing this week changed the circumstances somewhat.

    Ruth Rivera, 53, was being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond. At a hearing last week, Fourth District Court Judge Abigail Aragon changed the terms to $25,000 cash or a $100,000 property bond.

  • Martinez declines invite to discuss bail reform

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is declining an invitation from state lawmakers to discuss her proposal to repeal and replace voter-approved bail reforms.
    This week, Martinez declined an invitation to appear before a panel of lawmakers in a letter that said New Mexico residents are appalled by the results of a constitutional amendment approved by voters last year to reform the state’s bail system.

  • Mora Schools staff reinstated

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A judge ruled this week that the Mora Independent School District must reinstate three employees who were fired without cause more than a year ago.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that former superintendent LeAnne Salazar-Montoya ousted teacher Edwina Romero and counselors Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas without specifying reasons why, prompting the American Federation of Teachers to later sue.

  • NMDOT offers winter driving tips

    Submitted to the Optic