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Today's News

  • Letter: Give Tim Dodge a contract already

    In regards to our city manager and the mayor and council’s inability to enter into a contract with Mr. Tim Dodge, there are some observations that I would like to share with the citizens of our fine city.  

  • 'Pokes split at CSUP

    Drew Vassil tossed a seven-hit complete game for a 7-3 Highlands victory Friday at Colorado State-Pueblo in RMAC baseball.

    The 29th ranked Cowboys (6-1) lost 8-7 in game two.

    Phillip Rodriguez had four hits and three runs batted in on the day for NMHU.

  • Editorial: A board of watchdogs

    The West Las Vegas school board was right to enact a freeze of some budget items for the rest of this fiscal year. Tax receipts are down everywhere because of the poor economy, so it’s good that our officials are making sure unnecessary expenses are done away with.

    Of course, top officials at both our school districts have already been clamping down on spending. But the school boards have to be on top of financial matters.

  • County tries to prove its ownership of transfer station land

    San Miguel County is trying to prove its ownership of the land where the Bernal solid waste transfer station lies.

    County officials said they need to get that information to connect the site to the area’s rural electric utility, which needs to know who owns the easement so it can extend power lines.  

    As a result, the employee who mans that site has had to spend much time in his truck to keep warm. An on-site building is wired for electricity; it just needs to be hooked up to the power system run by the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative.

  • City candidates debate the issues

    Candidates running for mayor and City Council met in a public forum last week. The election is March 2.

    The mayoral candidates are Daniel Holguin Sr., Alfonso Ortiz and Patrick Romero. The Ward 1 City Council candidates are Macario Gonzalez, Tonita Gurule-Giron, Bruce McAllister and Roland Medrano. In Ward 4, they are Joseph P. Baca Jr., David Romero and Michael Roybal.

    Monday’s Optic featured some of the topics addressed. Here are a few more:     

    QUESTION: How many hours per week will you put into the job if you are elected?

    Mayor

  • Lawyer: Victim out for money

    The lawyer for a former Robertson High School teacher and coach accused of having sex repeatedly with a student said Friday that the student made up the story because she is “dead-set on financial gain.”

    Tom Clark, the attorney for Jay Quintana, said during the first day of his client’s preliminary hearing that the student, who has since graduated and is now attending college, lacks specificity in her claims against Quintana, who was her golf coach.

  • Lady Dons 3rd seed; Cards 4th

    Punctuating the regular season with a 46-39 win Friday over crosstown rival Robertson, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons are the No. 3 seed in the District 2-3A tournament.

    The team hosts No. 6 Raton on Monday evening in one of two first-round games. In the other, No. 5 seed Robertson plays at No. 4 St. Michael’s.

    Monday’s winners play one another the following night, with that winner advancing to play at No. 2 Santa Fe Indian. Whoever emerges from the fray goes on to face top seed Pojoaque Valley in Jacona.

  • Cowgirl frosh honored

    New Mexico Highlands University freshman Melissa Martinez has racked up honors in her first couple of weeks of being a Cowgirl.

    Martinez was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the week as well as the  National Fastpitch Coaches Association DII National Player of the Week. She is the first Cowgirl softball player to ever receive the latter.

  • Titles for Martinez, Vigil

    Daniel Martinez on Saturday joined his older brothers Adam and Jake in a select group of New Mexico high school wrestlers who have won four state championships.

    With one year of eligibility remaining, the Robertson junior now has a chance at five — a distinction earned by only Carlsbad’s Michael Scott Owen.

    Martinez and Robertson senior Estevan Vigil both went 3-0 at the state tournament over the weekend, each defending the titles at the weight classes they’d competed in a year earlier — 152 and 171, respectively.

  • As It Is: It's a matter of time

    Babies enter this world every day, replacing those who die. OK, OK, I know I have a wonderful knack for the obvious. But I wanted to point out that with each new generation, our society moves in a hopefully more enlightened direction.

    In 2008, America elected Barack Obama as president, the first black person in the nation’s highest political office.

    Could that have been possible even 20 years ago? Doubtfully.

    What’s changed? Well, prejudiced people died, replaced by people who have repudiated this stain on society.