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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: A community's coorespondent

    Last week, we lost a valuable colleague in Ricky DeHerrera, the Optic’s Mora County correspondent for 37 years. He died last week at the too-young age of 65.

    His work for this newspaper kept us in touch with current events in Mora, but more than that, his dedication to his community and the Optic brings back memories of how things used to be.

  • Baby arrives shortly after New Year

    Las Vegas’ first baby of the new year was born at 12:59 a.m. New Year’s Day at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. Baby Devon Trujillo weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces.

    Baby Devon was welcomed by his parents Emarena Buchanan and Richard Trujillo along with sister Kiaya and brother Christian. Devon’s maternal grandparents are Larry and Maryann Buchanan and paternal grandfather William Trujillo, all from Springer, N.M.

    Devon received a gift package from the hospital welcoming him as the first born of the year.

  • Denish to stay in second spot

    SANTA FE — It’s back to second fiddle for Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

    Denish’s plans and preparations to take over New Mexico’s top job came to a screeching halt on Sunday with Gov. Bill Richardson’s surprise announcement that he won’t be leaving after all.

    The Democratic governor, citing an ongoing federal investigation into how some of his political donors won a lucrative state contract, withdrew as President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of commerce.

  • LETTER: What's happened to Vegas' pride

    It does seem to me that the road Las Vegas chose is far from the goals I remember the community was looking for.

    For starters, where did the pride for community go? My last visit was so disappointing that I left in a depressed state. As a child and young adult, I always felt intense pride in every aspect of the community.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I would like to thank all my sponsors who helped me be in this year’s Albuquerque Pageant.

    Without your help, I wouldn’t have been able to be this year’s third runner up. I appreciate everything you have done for me.

    Phylisia Dimas

    Las Vegas

  • LETTER: Bless the beasts in humanity's care

    One morning, about a week ago, a puppy ran in front of my car on the Eighth Street Extension and was killed. Had the puppy’s owner cared enough (or had common sense) to keep the puppy fenced in or tied up in its yard, not only would it be safe from traffic, wild pack dogs or other predators, but both the dog’s final suffering and my grief could have been avoided.

  • Suazo: Politics influences hiring

    Think hiring decisions in local government agencies are based on politics?

    Some local officials deny that’s the case, but Marty Suazo, San Miguel County’s Democratic Party chairman for the last decade, freely admits that politics plays a role.

    In a Oct. 23 story in the Washington Post, Suazo talked about how government dominates the local economy. He noted that 75 percent of the jobs are government-driven.

  • Habitual offender will go to prison

    Marvin Martinez, after three violent rampages and two DWIs, has been sentenced to prison time.

    Martinez, 22, has engaged in several violent incidents since January 2007, resulting in numerous felony and misdemeanor charges against him.

    According to police reports and court documents, Martinez had at various times kidnapped his girlfriend; beat her with a beer bottle, a telephone and his fists; attempted to run several people over with his vehicle; done extensive property damage; and been caught twice driving while drunk.

  • Polar Bear plungers show bravery

    Longtime Polar Bears Philip Romero and Tito Chavez have spearheaded the annual New Year’s Day plunge into the icy waters at Storrie Lake for years and in recent times it has become an event that brings huge crowds from all over New Mexico.

    Chavez was among a group of seven brave souls, who, on New Year’s Day in 1994, chopped away at the ice and became one of the founding members of the Las Vegas Polar Bears Club. The small but determined group consisted of six men and one woman and has grown in size each year.

  • Local leaders take oaths of office

    The New Year will see changes in local leadership.

    On Tuesday, swearing-in ceremonies were held for a number of local offices.

    Local attorney Matt Sandoval took the oath as the new district judge in the ballroom at Highlands University. Nearly 500 people attended the event.

    Sandoval defeated Gerald Baca in the Democratic primary in June for a judgeship that covers San Miguel, Guadalupe and Mora counties. No Republicans ran for the office.