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Today's News

  • Highlands restructures scholarships

    Back in 2006, Highlands University established a tuition-free scholarship for freshmen called the Hope Scholarship.

    The goal: Increasing enrollment.

    The scholarship was available to first-time students regardless of age, financial need or their residence, although in recent times, international students have not been eligible.

    New Mexico high school graduates are eligible for the Lottery Scholarship, but must carry 12 hours and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

  • Horsemen nip Cards in rematch

    Robertson and host St. Michael’s again treated fans to a close, entertaining boys’ basketball game, but the Horsemen evened the season series with a 47-42 win Wednesday night at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium.

    The loss dropped the Cardinals to 15-6 and 3-4, good for fourth in the District 2-3A chase with three games left for each district team. St. Mike’s is 14-9, 5-2, sandwiched between Santa Fe Indian (7-0) and Pojoaque (4-3) in the standings.

  • Bodies found on east side

    Authorities are treating the death of a Las Vegas man as a homicide.

    The body of Michael Ortiz, 20, 1024 Second St., was found on the property of BTU Block & Concrete in the 1500 block of Commerce Street around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Ortiz’s family had reported him missing to Las Vegas police early Monday afternoon, saying they hadn’t seen him for four days, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

  • Above and Beyond: Never missed a day

    When it comes to school, Bonita Baca has always been marked as present. She’s never been a no-show since the beginning of kindergarten.

    Not one single day.

    “I just love school, I love learning,” said the West Las Vegas senior.

    Baca is also a year into her college career, having taken dual-enrollment classes at Highlands University. She maintains a 4.1 grade point average as a senior, and has earned a 4.0 GPA in her studies at Highlands University.

    West Las Vegas Principal Gene Parson said everything about this teenager is impressive.

  • CEO won't have to go to meetings

    The administrator for Alta Vista Regional Hospital won’t have to keep showing up at every monthly meeting of the San Miguel County Commission.

    In November, the county had started requiring Grogan or some other top hospital official to attend meetings, so someone would be available to answer questions about indigent payments to Alta Vista.

    Alta Vista gets regular payments from the county for providing health care to the poorest residents. Counties all around do the same for their respective hospitals.

  • Letter: Responding to fire complicated

    This is in response to the letter to the editor, “No quick extraction” by Paul Anthony Maes (Dec. 18.) If you are or were ever a firefighter, you would know that the police dispatcher of the Las Vegas Police Department is the one who dispatches the fire truck. You would also know that when the fire department receives the call of distress from the police dispatcher, the firefighters have to gear up, which by the way is set for the fastest possible time by the way the gear is laid out by the responders’ unit.

  • Letter: Protecting our way of life

    As a guide/outfitter, sportsman, recreationalist, land grant heir, and “Norteño” in northern New Mexico, I depend on the nearby wild and undeveloped public lands for the welfare of my business and my family’s well-being. Having public land available to hunt, fish and hike on is the foundation of my livelihood. That’s one reason I feel strongly about the need to protect the Whites Peak land swap that is taking place just north of Ocate in Mora County.

  • Gilpin now leads LCC softball

    The following is an interview with Luna Community College softball coach Meredith Gilpin.

    What are your goals for this season?

  • Death being treated as homicide

    Authorities are treating the death of a Las Vegas man as a homicide.

    The body of Michael Ortiz, 20, 1024 Second St., was found on the property of BTU Block & Concrete in the 1500 block of South Commerce St. around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Ortiz's family had reported him missing to Las Vegas police early Monday afternoon, saying they hadn't seen him for four days, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    A day before, the body of Karlene Rivera, 30, 510 Grand Ave., was found outside her parents' home in the 600 block of Railroad Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Forum planned for city hopefuls

    A forum for city candidates will be held on Feb. 18 at Memorial Middle School.

    The Las Vegas Optic and the Committee for the People are holding the forum for candidates for Las Vegas mayor and the Ward 1 and 4 seats on the City Council.

    The forum will last from 6-8 p.m., and audience members can submit questions to the moderator.

    The election is March 2, but early voting lasts until Feb. 26. Voters can cast their ballots during business hours at City Hall.