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Today's News

  • Work of Art: Warding off 'mal ojo'

    Three of us were at La Kocina de Raphael earlier this month when we observed a ritual I’d not seen in 30 years.

    My son Stan, with his wife Lisbeth, with daughter Ellen Vestergaard, 7 months, joined me at the restaurant for lunch. In a nearby booth, behind Ellen, were three women who were causing my granddaughter to turn her head to see them. Ellen enjoyed the sights.

  • Editorial: Heads should roll

    We are outraged with the gross misspending of education money in the Mora school district. Heads should roll.

    Last week, State Auditor Hector Balderas exposed a slush fund that demonstrated incompetence at best and an arrogance of power at worst.

    The district’s superintendent, Dora Romero, sought the audit earlier this year after the Optic submitted a public records request in connection with thousands of dollars in spending for gifts and refreshments to area state lawmakers.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: East, West spikers near rematch

    Jazmine Harge and Brooke Knezevich combined for nearly three dozen kills Thursday night, leading Robertson to a key District 2-3A volleyball win over host St. Michael's in Santa Fe.

    The Lady Cardinals (13-5, 6-2) swept the Lady Horsemen 25-20, 25-21, 25-14.

    RHS hosts Santa Fe Indian on Tuesday evening.

    West Las Vegas took an improved Raton volleyball team to a fifth set for the second time in as many meetings this season on Thursday, then fell victim to mighty Pojoaque in a Saturday sweep.

  • Report: Deputy clutched gun

    The former San Miguel County sheriff's deputy accused of breaking into a man's house and beating him up while on duty clutched her gun for a time, according to a state police report.

    “I really felt that she was going to shoot me,” the alleged victim said in the report.

    Bolivar, 29, is now facing felony domestic violence charges. A week after the incident, Sheriff Benjie Vigil told the Optic that the charges were false, but a day later, he fired Bolivar.

  • Sheriff freed from some transports

    The San Miguel County Sheriff's Department has been freed of one of its bigger responsibilities.

    For years, sheriff’s deputies have taken arrested juveniles to youth jails in other counties for both the Las Vegas and state police. However, because of a July opinion from the state’s attorney general’s office, the department no longer transports just-arrested youths.

  • Editorial: Down to business

    Recently, the San Miguel County Commission decided to slap liens on more than 100 properties for unpaid solid waste bills.

    The county didn’t enjoy having to do so. For some time, its finance staff has been trying to get people to pay their bills for the use of the county’s solid waste convenience centers. But, apparently, they haven’t been tough enough in their efforts, since the county is now sitting on $161,000 in outstanding solid waste bills.

  • Paying tribute to the dead

    People stood shoulder to shoulder at times to see the third annual Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibit at Burris Hall and the Ray Drew Gallery on the Highlands University campus last week.

    Casa de Cultura Executive Director Miguel Angel said many schools and clubs participated in the exhibit that commemorates the celebration of life.

    As people learn more about Dia de los Muertos, they are less likely to connect it with the American holiday Halloween, which is celebrated with a lot of ghoulish good cheer, organizers said.

  • Mustangs toss Cowboys

    There were moments Saturday when it seemed New Mexico Highlands simply had to win the football game at Western New Mexico.

    One was when Narciso Diaz heaved the ball downfield into the grasp of Travis Lee, who darted beyond the reach of defenders for a 66-yard touchdown. That score (coupled with Greg Rivara's extra point) drew the Cowboys within 16-14 and may have rattled the collective nerves of the announced crowd of 543 at Ben Altamirano Stadium, on hand to witness WNMU's homecoming game.

  • Highlands boots ASC

    Ending an eight-game slide, the New Mexico Highlands women's soccer team rode a strong first half to defeat Adams State 2-0 on Friday at Perkins Stadium.

    The Cowgirls and Justin Wagar were to play Sunday, carrying a 3-11 RMAC record.

    Yolanda Elias struck first for Highlands on Friday, drawing a penalty in what turned out to be a physical, foul-plagued afternoon. She booted a penalty kick at the 12:20 mark off Grizzly goalkeeper Kirsten Dorsey.

  • Kazingo, Kirui are all-RMAC

    New Mexico Highlands' Nicaise Kazingo and Moses Kirui earned all-conference honors Saturday, setting the pace for a pair of seventh-place team finishes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross country championships.

    Highlands' men were seventh of 11 schools; the NMHU women seventh of 13 in the meet, hosted by Metro State in Denver.

    Adams State added to its string of team championships in both races and is considered a leading contender for the national title on the men's and women's sides.