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Today's News

  • Cards run over St. Mike's

    Daniel Martinez rushed for two quarterback-keeper touchdowns in an assertive first half for Robertson on Friday night, leading the host Cardinals in a 28-12 upset of St. Michael's.

    In a much-anticipated matchup of two of Class 3A’s better rushing offenses, it was the Cardinals who chewed up the most real estate, particularly in the first half.

    “We played really well (Friday) night, at least for the first half,” said RHS coach Leroy Gonzalez the following afternoon.

  • FFA club honors ag teacher

    Superintendent Rick Romero read a letter to the school board from the national FFA organization expressing its grief at the loss of Gary Leger, the agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Robertson High School who died in a traffic accident during the summer break.

  • Grogan leaving Alta Vista

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital CEO Richard Grogan is leaving after nearly three years on the job.

    He has accepted another position in the greater Philadelphia area, according to a hospital news release.

    Grogan, who replaced Brian Gibbons as the hospital’s top administrator in January 2008, will start at his new job on Sept. 27.

    Maridel Acosta, associate CEO at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, has been named interim CEO for Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She is scheduled to arrive at Alta Vista next week, the release stated.

  • Hospital CEO again addresses commissioner's concerns

    Alta Vista CEO Richard Grogan was answering San Miguel County Commissioners’ questions about indigent fund claims, but the question quickly turned to union matters.  

    Commissioner Nicolas Leger said he wanted to hear where the matter of the union effort at the hospital is at as far as Alta Vista is concerned.

    “In June, we received notice that the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated all decisions of the National Labor Relations Board that occurred after Jan. 1, 2008. So everything that we have done before the NLRB is part of that decision,” Grogan said.

  • PD: Crime on the decline in city's public housing

    Crime has been on the decline in public housing over the last couple of years, thanks to a more aggressive law enforcement presence, a police official said this week.

    Las Vegas police Capt. Eugene Garcia told the Las Vegas City Council, which acts as the housing authority’s governing board, that the Police Department and the authority launched a new effort in 2008 to combat crime.

    “I am really proud of the statistics and what we actually did,” Garcia said.

  • Letter: Thoughts for the new school year

    A new school year has started and I know I’m preaching to the choir but it never hurts to reinforce important facts. Teaching is a hard but rewarding job. Next to the parents, a teacher is the most important person in a child’s life. Educators spend a lot of time and energy and money to prepare for their professions. Presidents, governors, and all other important people in the world accomplished something because they had good teachers who recognized their talents and potential early in life. A teacher’s patience and dedication never go unrewarded.

  • Letter: More educating on recycling, please

    I was delighted to read in Friday's Optic that the city of Las Vegas is considering a new recycling hub. Until I read the article I wasn’t aware that Las Vegas was engaged in recycling at all. I am pleased to hear that they plan to improve their recycling program.

  • Ortiz foretells huge tax hike

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz told county commissioners Tuesday that there will be a nearly 30 percent increase in property taxes for east-side homeowners beginning Nov. 1.

    “One issue that you will be hearing about is residents in the Las Vegas City Schools district will be seeing close to a 30 percent increase,” Ortiz said.

    Ortiz said he spoke with East school district financial adviser Al Clemmons of George K. Baum & Co., who explained that an error was made last year related to subsidized spending with general obligation dollars.

  • Another round of 'Boxeo'

    Several of Las Vegas' professional boxers will be showcased when local promoter Carlos Crespin brings his second major pro card to town in November.

    “Boxeo en Las Vegas II” is set for Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Gillie Lopez Gymnasium. Tickets -- $25 bleachers, $50 floor seats -- will go on sale in a couple of weeks, Crespin told the Optic on Wednesday.

  • Senior Profile: Fathers to a community

    The legendary East-West Las Vegas division debate virtually fades in the light of at least one nexus which unites members of the Roman Catholic community on both sides of the Gallinas — and beyond.

    Father George Salazar and Father C. John Brasher, pastors of Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Sorrows parishes, respectively, agree on a key concept, “One town, one family.” And so it is.