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Today's News

  • Student remembered as bubbly

    Last year, Mariah Arguello walked the halls of West Las Vegas High School, a senior admired and loved by classmates, teachers and staff.

    While returning to Las Vegas Tuesday evening, she was killed by a man driving down Interstate 25 in the wrong direction.

    On Wednesday, people are remembering Arguello as a bubbly cheerleader and a good student.

    West Principal Gene Parson said, “Mariah graduated last year. She was full of energy, full of life, and always had a big smile on her face. She was just a pleasant girl to be around.”

  • Letter: Too many mandates coming down

    At a time when the money changers tanked our economy:

    • Our state mandates double-dipping and annual “special” sessions.

    • Our county mandates double-dipping, and our city follows suit with mandated raise for our judge and charter mandated salaries for our councilors. They then opt for mandated toilets.

    • You can hear horror stories at our unemployment office; while standing in line at the courthouse to pay property taxes; among students at Luna Community College, etc.

  • Actor criticized at county hearing

    The manager for Val Kilmer’s ranch wanted a San Miguel County panel’s approval for a lodging business on its property near Rowe.

    But the proposal faced opposition from residents who say the actor hasn’t been a good neighbor.

    In a split vote, the county Planning and Zoning Commission’s gave the green light for three guest houses for overnight lodging.

    For years, many San Miguel County residents have been upset with Kilmer, known for his roles in “Top Secret,” “Top Gun” and “Batman.”

  • Police: Local man gets his fourth DWI

    A Las Vegas man was arrested this week for his fourth DWI, state police said.

    Leslie Mike Speed, 55, 500 Douglas Ave. No. 225, was also charged with careless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

    According to a police report, Speed was headed north on Grand Avenue near the Better Stop convenience store around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when a state police officer noticed he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

  • Cowgirl track picked third

    With All-American Angella Graham leading the charge, New Mexico Highlands University’s women’s track and field program is gaining new respect within the ranks of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    NMHU was picked to finish third in the preseason RMAC women’s outdoor track and field poll, released Wednesday by the league’s Colorado Springs office.

    Adams State College was the coaches’ choice to repeat as league champion and received nine first-place votes. Nebraska-Kearney is predicted to finish second in the 10-team league.

  • Official's residency in question

    Until this month, voter registration records showed that San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia lived at 220 Delgado St.

    So, of course, she lived there. Or maybe not.

    The Optic decided to drop by.

    Knock, knock.

    A young woman answered the door to the residence, which is part of a duplex. But the woman said Garcia was her landlady and didn’t live there.

  • Above and Beyond: A star is born

    Kylie Angelique Tafoya, 8, likes to perform in front of large audiences.

    That’s according to Sara Harris, the mistress of ceremonies at the recent sold-out 16th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad.

    “The bigger the audience the better,” Harris said.

    The young San Juan girl took the New Mexico Hispano Music Association’s Child Artist of the Year Award.

    As Kylie took the stage during the Hispanidad event, she stepped up to the microphone but she couldn’t quite make it. She took a little jump, and her fingers slipped off.

  • Letter: County roads and maintenance

    I live in the Mineral Hill area and it seems we are in the land of the forgotten. Forgotten by the San Miguel County Roads Department as far as maintaining our roads and providing a solid road base for our roads. Our roads have become impassable during bad weather, i.e., rain and snow. I personally own four 4X4s and I have been stuck twice in the last month. I have also pulled out many of my neighbors who also own 4X4s or all-wheel-drive vehicles.

  • Hounds muzzled

    David Bustillos broke loose for six hits, four runs and three runs batted in Tuesday as host New Mexico Highlands bombarded Eastern New Mexico 21-0 at Brandt Park.

    The Cowboys (18-5), who outhit the Greyhounds 29-4, scored four runs in each of the first three innings.

    Steven Becerra (1-1) earned his first win of the season after allowing one hit in his four innings of work, and the Cowboy bullpen kept the shutout intact.

  • Andrade is All-American

    For 30 years, no one could touch Mark Cassidy’s school record of 484 points scored in a single season for Highlands men’s basketball against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents.

    Then came Roman Andrade’s breakout season of 2009-10.

    Andrade, a 6-2 senior guard, scored 506 points in 22 games vs. RMAC foes — an average of 22.6 a game — that includes 19 regular-season contests plus three in the RMAC Shootout.