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Today's News

  • In a sense, we're all conformists

    When I was in seventh grade, my social studies teacher told my class that we cared too much about the brand names on our jeans. He said kids looked down on those who wore cheaper versions such as Plain Pockets.

    As it turned out, I was wearing Plain Pockets that day. I sank in my chair.

    But my teacher wasn't singling me out, as I feared. I noticed later that he wore Plain Pockets corduroys.

    Many like to say that they are non-conformists. But when it comes to standards of dress, nearly everyone likes to blend in.

  • ONLINE STORY UPDATE: Man killed woman with rock, police say; victim identified

    A Las Vegas man is accused of killing a woman with a rock and then disposing of her body in a nearby ravine, state police said.

    Steve Roybal, 49, was arrested Sunday on charges of an open count of murder, tampering with evidence and resisting officers. The alleged victim is Terrie Greer.

    According to court documents filed in Magistrate Court, an anonymous caller told state police dispatchers that she had heard Roybal had killed Greer by hitting her on the head with a rock.

  • Sandoval selected new chief judge

    After seven months on the bench, District Judge Matt Sandoval is being promoted to chief judge.

    Last week, the three judges for the Fourth Judicial District, which consists of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties, elected Sandoval as their new chief.

    Judge Eugenio Mathis, who has held the top post since late 2005, said he decided to step down because his wife, Michelle Pino, works for the court. The state Supreme Court didn’t agree with such an arrangement, the judge said.

  • ONLINE STORY: Man arrested in killing

    An Albuquerque man was arrested Sunday in the death of a Las Vegas woman, whose body was found in an area ravine, state police said.

    Steve Roybal, 49, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon, police said. Authorities said they have yet to positively identify the woman.

    State police said they received a call from an anonymous person about a domestic disturbance in the Camp Luna area early Saturday evening. When officers showed up, they spoke with Roybal. The woman wasn't there.

  • HOMETOWN HEROES: Couple promotes the culture

    It’s easy to catch their enthusiasm, if you can keep up with Miguel Angel and Georgina Ortega, as the couple work on a seemingly unending list of projects at one time.  

    Their personal stories are compelling, but they don’t want to talk about themselves.

    Angel and Ortega are passionate about talking about their work with Casa de Cultura, whose mission is to foster trust and cohesion among diverse ethnic and social groups, by getting involved in educational and cultural activities.

  • Editorial: A plus for Las Vegas

    Today, Highlands University officials will cut the ribbon for its new dorms. The truth is that the residence hall has been done for weeks; this ceremony is, of course, merely a formality.

    This was the biggest construction project in Las Vegas since Alta Vista Regional Hospital was built five years ago. And it’s a sign of the times for Highlands.

  • Editorial: Thumbs

    Thumb UP for ... AN ECONOMIC BOOSTER. The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally has only been around for four years, but it’s already become one of the state’s major biker events. Authorities estimate that some 3,500 motorcyclists showed up in the Meadow City — whatever way you cut it, that’s a shot in the arm for the local economy.

    The organizers of the event deserve kudos for their hard work all year long to produce an event that puts the town on the biker map.

  • Letter: Online posting was totally false

    Regarding the online Reader Comments under editorial Thumbs in the July 24 edition of the Optic, one of the statements was totally false. Mr. [Alexander] Milliken has made three separate purchases in the Ojitos Frios area in the past nine years. One was brokered by Margo Cutler Real Estate on was brokered by Michael Gregory Real Estate and the third was a private sale. Home and Land professionals LLC and Barbara Feldman have not had a role in any of the transaction involving Mr. Milliken.

  • Column: We have drank a lot

    As a lesson in semantics, I once quizzed my advanced students at Cuba High School, decades ago, on all the synonyms one can find for whatever right-minded people think of as objectionable.

    What about the word “drunk”? How many words did my honors students conjure up for the condition indicating one is “three sheets to the wind”? But by using even that expression, well, that shows how my heritage antedated Columbus.

  • Letter: Support for Repower America

    We need to revolutionize New Mexico into taking more responsibility for the condition of our environment, create jobs and create energy independence for America. Green Energy Housing wants to urge our community to support Repower America in their efforts to build jobs, create energy independence and reduce environmental pollution.

    Green Energy Housing LLC has been planning with the town of Taos projects that will create jobs, reduce carbon emissions, increase alternative energy to the electric grid and build homes and businesses that are green and energy efficient.