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Today's News

  • Man gets seventh DWI, police say

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

    Dennis Barela, 48, 116 Independence, was also charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license and weaving between lanes.

    According to a state police report, an officer stopped Barela shortly after midnight Tuesday on N.M. Highway 518 north of Las Vegas. The officer stated in his report that he saw Barela drive over the double-painted center divider line.

  • County says it's saving tax dollars

    San Miguel County is seeing big savings as it improves roads, thanks to the new crusher plant north of town, an official said.

    Harold Garcia, the county’s public service foreman, said the county put new base course on nearly two miles of Pork Chop Hill Road about four months ago.

    The improvements cost $30,000, far less than the estimated $150,000 it would have taken to hire a contractor for the same job, Garcia said.

  • Letter: Don't gamble with our future

    Mora County voters have put together an effective team of county commissioners who have made significant accomplishments. Through their leadership and vision, Mora County has made several improvements on many fronts, such as:

    • The county budget has been balanced and has been brought out of the red, in spite of the difficult economic times.

    • County employees were brought from a 32-hour work week to a 40-hours work week in order to serve the public effectively.

  • RHS tennis hosting tournament

    As building (or rebuilding) projects go, Robertson tennis could do a lot worse than this.

    Both Juan Carlos Fulgenzi’s boys and Randy Garcia’s girls are long on youth and short on varsity experience. But both squads are coming off a good weekend that showed plenty of promise for the remaining six weeks of the season — and beyond. The Cardinal boys won the eight-team Carlsbad Invite and the Lady Cardinals took third after both took decisive wins at New Mexico Military.

  • Mora sheriff fires rival candidate

    Taking on the boss can often be a risky strategy.

    Mora County resident Timothy Marquez knows that firsthand. As the county’s undersheriff, he decided to run against Sheriff Roy Cordova in the June 1 Democratic primary.

    Shortly after, Marquez found himself without a job.

    On March 16, Marquez, Cordova and two others filed their Democratic candidacies for sheriff. A Republican entered the GOP primary.

  • Letter: Religious traditions valued

    It was very disheartening to me and a large majority of the population of this town to read a recent letter that criticizes us who on Ash Wednesday participated in practicing a religious tradition we deeply believe in.

  • Highlands regents delay decision

    Highlands University has been given a little more time to find ways to save its wrestling and rodeo programs.

    On Wednesday, the school’s Board of Regents voted to delay a decision on the administration’s recommendation to do away with wrestling and rodeo because of budget cuts.

    This happened before a large crowd of wrestling and rodeo enthusiasts.

    During the meeting, student regent Greg Rael announced that he would have a forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kennedy Hall to look for ways to save the programs.

  • College may ax two sports

    Highlands University’s wrestling and rodeo programs may be destined for the chopping block.

    On Wednesday, the school’s Board of Regents will consider the administration’s proposal to cut the two sports. The university has seen its athletics budget drop by nearly 15 percent since fiscal year 2009 — the result of statewide spending cuts.

    “This isn’t an easy decision to make. It’s not as if people are jumping up and down to get rid of these programs,” Highlands spokesman Sean Weaver said.

  • Editorial: Tragedy, but still hoping

    Once again, incidents and alleged incidents of driving while intoxicated are all over the pages of this newspaper. In just two editions of the Optic, we find tragedy, outrage and a glimmer of hope.

    Last week, a too-familiar nightmare took place. A driver, suspected of being drunk, crossed over the Interstate 25 median and crashed head-on into an another traveler’s vehicle. Gone are Cecilio Jaramillo,  28, of Santa Fe, the suspected drunken driver, and Mariah Arguello, 18, of Las Vegas, who was just getting started in life.

  • Montano elected to lead board

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño was seated as Las Vegas City Schools board president for the second time in a yearly reorganization of the board at a recent meeting. 

    He replaces Phillip Vigil as the leader of the board.  

    Montaño was also elected as president of the state school boards association.

    Gabriel Lucero replaces Montaño as vice president of the local board, and Patrick Romero remains as secretary.