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Today's News

  • Officials: Alta Vista stopped new admissions for a short time

    A month ago, Alta Vista Regional Hospital closed its doors for a short time to any new admissions, its top official said this week.

    Richard Grogan, Alta Vista’s CEO, told the San Miguel County Commission that a lot of people were sick locally and many of the hospital’s employees were calling in sick. He said he closed the hospital to new admissions “until we got to more comfortable levels.”

    He said the hospital would have arranged transportation of sick people to other hospitals.

  • HU teams eye rebound at home

    New Mexico Highlands basketball teams hope a little holiday season home cooking will leave a pleasant taste in their mouths this weekend when league rival Colorado-Colorado Springs comes to town.

    The Cowboys (5-3) and Cowgirls (3-2) are looking to rebound from their first back-to-back losses of the season after being swept on the rugged Nebraska road trip last weekend in Kearney and Chadron.

  • Cheerleading coach's case is closed

    The Police Department has closed its investigation into Robertson High School’s cheerleading coach, who was suspected of “inappropriate” activity.

    But Krystle King’s job may still be in jeopardy. She was placed on administrative leave  last month when the allegations became known.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said her alleged actions didn’t rise to the level of a crime. Officials haven’t described the nature of the allegations against King.

  • Exercise system is on Gallinas riverwalk

    Las Vegas has unveiled its outdoor fitness system along the Gallinas riverwalk.

    This community fitness program was started by the city to promote health and fitness. The program includes several exercise stations that focus on free resistance outdoor exercise. The stations can provide a tailored workout for teens and adults at all fitness levels.    

    The new community fitness system is along the riverwalk walking path between Mills Avenue and Independence Avenue. It is about 1.3 miles long.  

  • Letter: Powell concerned about land swap

    I am very concerned about the proposed state land office Whites Peak land exchange. Specifically, the integrity of the appraisal process needs to be looked at very closely and I would strongly recommend that the appraisals be verified by a second disinterested party.

    Also, I am told that land office commercial properties in the Sandia Science and Technology park and at Mesa del Sol in Albuquerque are being considered as part of this exchange. This is where the appraisals need to be very sound to protect the best interests of the trust.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs up ... TIMELY COMMUNICATION. Last week in this space we complained about the manner in which the East and West school districts announced their first snow day of the year. We urged a better approach so that parents, students and teachers would be able to know in a more timely fashion.

  • Hospital defends stance on union

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s top official on Tuesday defended its policy not to negotiate with the union until an appeal is resolved.

    Richard Grogan, the hospital’s chief executive officer, told the San Miguel County Commission that since he took the helm in 2007, Alta Vista has turned around for the better. And he accused the Optic of distorting the facts regarding the hospital’s relationship with its employees.

  • Man attacked woman, police say

    A Las Vegas man is accused of attacking a woman and threatening her with a gun while her children were in their bedrooms, state police said.

    Peter Salazar, 32, 2033-1/2 Grand Ave., was arrested on a number of charges.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, state police officers arrived around 1 a.m. Monday and saw a woman leaving her Serafina house with blood smears on her face, chest and pants   legs. She told the officers that Salazar was in the house with a gun, police said.

  • Tourney-toughened

    Early-season tournaments can be grueling for the high school wrestler. But they help build skills — and conditioning — for the important tournaments, the ones that come after the regular season.

    “It’s pretty good to have these guys get that mat time now,” said West Las Vegas coach Robert Alarcon.

  • Cowgirls fend off Lion attack

    The New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls ran through the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions by a final score of 68-59 on Friday in the John A. Wilson Complex in front of a raucous home crowd.

    The Cowgirls played behind a great shooting performance by Jessica Armijo, who finished the night with 14 points.  

    NMHU (4-2, 12 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) takes on non-conference opponent Oklahoma Panhandle State University tonight at home. Tipoff is 7 p.m.