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Today's News

  • A much-anticipated opening

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    Isaac and Shawna Sandoval are getting closer to opening day for their fast-casual restaurant.

    The Skillet is full of flair that sizzles like bacon frying in a cast- iron pan. Foodies will soon be able to chow down on old favorites and sample new menu items.

    The food truck with an attitude and funky decor is now a 90-seat restaurant and bar.

    The new digs will open soon in the old wool warehouse on 12th Street. Avant-garde art and a trendy ambiance invite diners to sit awhile.

  • A break in the rains

    Theresa Wesner photos/For the Optic

    Robertson High School’s annual Homecoming events took place last week and over the weekend amid unusually rainy weather. The week was highlighted by the Cardinals’ 33-20 outlasting of Taos in Friday night’s muddy Homecoming football game. The skies held off long enough Friday for the Homecoming parade to be completed without being drenched.

  • Official cause released in boarding house death

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has determined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was the cause of death of a man taken who died January while living in a Las Vegas boarding house.

    Michael Whalen, 63, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he later died, on Jan. 19.

  • N.M. gets funding for home visiting program

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico has been awarded $3.5 million to continue providing home-visiting services to pregnant women and to parents with young children.
    The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
    Gov. Susana Martinez says the funding will help provide valuable information, resources and skills to at-risk families to ensure their children grow up physically and mentally healthy and ready to learn.
    The program targets pregnant women as early as possible, providing health education.
    One focus is prenatal care within the first trimester.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Artwork gets showing after Nev. shooting
    SANTA FE — Artwork forged out of decommissioned firearms is going on display at a Santa Fe gallery in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.
    Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is promoting the free-admission show scheduled Saturday at the Center for Contemporary Arts in an effort to raise awareness and money for gun-buyback events.

  • Rio Mora refuge was site for ‘STEM Showdown’

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    High school students from Northern New Mexico experienced science disciplines firsthand at a national wildlife refuge, thanks to a partnership between Highlands University and the Denver Zoo.

    The STEM Showdown event took place at the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, a 4,224-acre property on the Mora River 30 minutes north of Highlands’ main Las Vegas campus. The Denver Zoo co-manages the refuge with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

    Wednesday, Oct. 4

    How should your community grow and change? San Miguel County is updating its comprehensive plan and needs your input to develop policies guiding long-term growth and development in the county. County officials will be on hand to answer your questions on Oct. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rociada Fire Station. Visit www.smcounty.net for the online survey, meeting schedules and plan process and information.

    Thursday, Oct. 5

  • What’s the right protocol for foreigners and our flag?

    Work of Art

    Oh, my, how times have changed. But whether they’ve changed for the better is questionable.

    There isn’t much else in the news if you exclude the horrendous massacre of 59 people, as of press time, in a Las Vegas, Nev., outdoor concert venue and casino.

  • Profit is not a dirty word

    This editorial, by Vic Topmiller Jr., recently appeared in the Silver City Daily Press.

    Profit is not a dirty word. It just becomes dirty when abused, and the very association it has with certain people and groups of people is where the dirt comes from.

    Get it? If you get too close to dirty people some of the dirt rubs off. That should be a good lesson for some of us — “If you play with dirt you will soon have dirty hands.”

  • NMHU roundup: Overtime goal lifts Highlands

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Breanna Fatten saw her chance, and she didn’t let it slip away. Fatten slashed inside for a game-winning goal, lifting New Mexico Highlands to a 2-1 women’s soccer triumph in overtime at Colorado Christian on Sunday in Lakewood, Colo.

    The victory gives the Cowgirls and head coach Oscar Mendoza a winning record (2-1-1) in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.