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Today's News

  • Police look into man's death

    Las Vegas police are investigating the death of a Las Vegas man.

    Michael L. Maestas, 55, was found dead outside of his home at 922 Railroad Ave. early Monday morning.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said his department has arrested Maestas’ brother, Joseph “JoJo” Maestas, in connection with the death.

    Gold wouldn’t provide any other details, saying charges are pending with the district attorney’s office. It wasn’t clear exactly where the killing occurred. Police taped off the area around the house as well as the entire block.

  • NMHU president, professor conquer Mount Taylor

    Proving their prowess is not confined to the college campus, a New Mexico Highlands University contingent that included NMHU President Jim Fries achieved victory in the recent Mount Taylor Quadrathlon.

    The self-titled “NMHU Viejos” won the 60-69 age division of the quadrathlon, which took place for the 27th time last Saturday at Mount Taylor, near Grants.

  • Letter: Disenfranchised by judge's ruling

    I disagree with the Optic’s “Thumbs Up” of Friday, Feb. 12, of a “good ruling.” I am in the position of having won the battle — i.e., the court ruled that the city clerk should have allowed me to file for the office and that a faxed copy of my voter registration should have been accepted. The city clerk would not allow me to file because she wouldn’t accept a faxed copy of my voter registration. Why would I get a copy sent to the city clerk’s office if she would not accept it anyway?

  • West board votes for budget freeze

    A divided West Las Vegas school board last week voted to freeze certain items in the budget after a heated discussion over whether the governing body was overstepping its bounds.

    Top staffers opposed the board-imposed freeze.

    Business Manager Dawn Biagianti said she went into shock when she heard about the proposal.

  • Editorial: Anti-DWI efforts working

    Data recently compiled by the University of New Mexico provides the strongest evidence yet the DWIs in San Miguel County are going down. A lot of people should be credited with effectively combating this hazard of the roadways.

  • Water project nearing finish

    A project to improve the reliability of the Gallinas River’s water supply is expected to be finished soon, officials say.

    The project involves the construction of a flow control weir and river gate at the Storrie Lake point of diversion upstream.

    The previous river gate had deteriorated over the years and is being rebuilt to function as originally intended.

    New Image Construction of Ribera is the contractor. No interference with irrigation is foreseen at this time. Construction is expected to be completed soon.

  • Four locals shine in 'Locos' race

    Four Las Vegas-area natives braved thick mud and brisk mid-winter weather to represent the Meadow City in this past weekend’s Corrida de los Locos.

    Corrida de los Locos, held at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe golf course, is a 5.8-mile race that has become an annual tradition.

    • Longtime Las Vegan Tony Gallegos, now a resident of Española, placed sixth overall with a time of 43 minutes and 52 seconds. Gallegos, 46, finished third in his age group. Gallegos retains strong ties to the Meadow City, which is home to much of his family members.

  • Empty Bowls

    United World College student Jen Kim says she didn’t invent the Empty Bowls Project, a program whose mission is to feed the hungry.

    But her energy brought her love of ceramics and concern for world hunger together at a local event. 

    “I took ceramics in ninth grade, and I really loved the class. It was one of my favorites. We also did an Empty Bowls fundraiser, which is an organization that fights world hunger, so when we I came to UWC, I wanted a pottery activity, but they had discontinued it,” Kim said.

  • Cowboy streak hits seven

    The late-season surge continues for the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team, which recorded double-digit wins over Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division foes Fort Lewis and Adams State this past weekend.

    Coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys (16-7, 10-5) have won seven straight games and play their final regular-season home game Tuesday night against Colorado State-Pueblo.

  • Letter: Cost increases necessitate change

    It is time we take the responsibility for all in the United States, especially those below the poverty line, the elderly, disabled, and children, and pass a health reform bill.

    I am 67, disabled  with lung problems since childhood, now on oxygen full time.

     Basically, I am living on Social Security, a small income from painting and a small retirement fund. (I used to teach art kindergarten through university.) Now I am unable to work due to my disability.