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Today's News

  • Father defends former director

    The public doesn’t know the truth behind the criminal case involving former West Las Vegas bilingual director Roberta Vigil, her father says, but the story is an interesting one.

    On Monday, her father, Robert Gallegos, ran an advertisement in the Optic, called a “letter of thanks.” At the beginning of the letter, Gallegos thanked the community for its support of his daughter, who was found guilty of fraudulently spending public money at West.

    But he said the media didn’t give the public the truth about her case.

  • EDITORIAL: Real reform to health care

    The U.S. Census reported last week that one in four New Mexicans lacks health insurance — the second highest rate in the nation. Only Texas has a higher rate of uninsured.

    Disconcerting news, yes, but not devastating  because, well, health insurance just isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

    Here are a couple of loaded questions: What’s the biggest reason for personal bankruptcies in the United States? Yes, it’s medical bills. And what do three-fourths of those who file for bankruptcy have? Believe it or not, it’s health insurance.

  • Student named to school board

    Robertson High School senior Molly Salman said that as the new student representative on the Las Vegas City Schools board, she wanted to get the voices of fellow students heard.

    “Sometimes students feel like they are not being represented properly. Students have a lot of great ideas, and I would like to be able to present those to the members of the school board,” Salman said.

    Superintendent Rick Romero told Salman that he loves her energy and enthusiasm, and like past student representatives, her position was not just for decoration or show.

  • Hospital tightens visiting hours

    Restrictions on visiting hours will be introduced at Alta Vista Regional Hospital effective today.

    The hospital will continue to have open access as usual during regular visiting hours.  

    However, children under the age of 14 will not be permitted to visit in any patient care area.  The restrictions have been introduced on the advice of healthcare professionals at the hospital.    

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: NMHU runners top five in Texas Tech meet

    Dual top-five finishes for the Highlands men’s and women’s cross country teams marked a successful Texas Tech Open on Friday.

    Both squads ran fifth out of 12 teams at the meet, held in Lubbock, Texas.

    “I was very pleased with how our women competed at Tech,” said coach Bob DeVries. “At the Lobo meet, we raced very tentative and got out slow. The women raced more aggressively this week and were not afraid to compete.”

  • City finance director resigns

    The city’s finance director is moving on to greener pastures.

    Abran Romero submitted his resignation to City Manager Timothy Dodge on Thursday afternoon, with two weeks’ notice.

    He has accepted the position of general manager with the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative.

  • AS IT IS: Governor has favored elites

    Bill Richardson has been New Mexico’s governor since 2003, and he has done some good things since taking the helm.

    His all-out effort against drunken driving has seen some success. And unlike his predecessors, Richardson has made economic development a priority, and that includes the film industry, which has benefitted Las Vegas.

  • Senior Profile: Gladys Hightower counts, and shares, her blessings

    She says, with deep conviction, “I had a blessed childhood.” Standing in the mid-morning breeze awaiting the opening of the Patriot Day 9-11 event at Carnegie Park, Gladys Dolores Hightower could be mistaken as “just another spectator,” but as she begins to sing the National Anthem, it becomes obvious to all that she is special. Nevertheless, she is somewhat self-effacing, saying, “I’m just ol’ Gladys.”

  • Officials laud East's budget

    Gabe Lucero, a Las Vegas City Schools board member, said he’s been hearing good things about the district’s budget outlook.

    Lucero said he was recently briefed by Business Manager Myrna Garcia.

    “I visited with Myrna on Friday, and all of you know Myrna, and how excited she gets when talking about money and numbers. She was really excited about where we were with the budget at the end of the fiscal  year.”

    Superintendent Romero told Lucero that the district is finally where it should be in getting its budget up-to-date.

  • So close! Cowboys lose by 2

    Every point mattered Saturday as host Western State edged New Mexico Highlands 21-19 in a meeting of two winless Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football teams in Gunnison, Colo.

    The Cowboys had drawn within two on a Jordan Mendoza-to-Kevon Williams 13-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left. But Wallace Lebrane fumbled on the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt.

    Earlier, the Mountaineers blocked a Luis Marin extra point kick that would have tied the game late in the third quarter.

    It’s as close as the Cowboys (0-4, 0-2 RMAC) have come to a win this season.