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Today's News

  • Alta Vista bans smoking inside and out

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is going tobacco-free on Jan. 1.  

    After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted — inside or outside — on hospital property and hospital-owned clinics. This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas outside Alta Vista where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products.  

  • You call it a recession, I call it a collapse

    There are a few vantages from which to view our current economic malaise.

    Some see it as an isolated bump in the road that can be fixed by the gummint doling out largesse to Wall Street and other failed ventures.

    Others, like myself, see  our current economic troubles as the first, spreading crack in an edifice on the verge of collapse.

    Let me tell you why.

  • Letter: Mayor is doing a good job

    I think Mayor Tony Marquez has done a good job for Las Vegas, being that he was new at the job and young when he started. He helped with the development of Grand Avenue and worked on utility rates and with the homeless shelter’s program. He hired a good city manager after reviewing candidates. He works long hours. I watch them on TV. They work until 9 p.m. at times.

    Alfonzo Ortiz thinks he’ll be able to handle that at 69. ... He’s too old already.

  • City gets interim finance director

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved Pamela Marrujo, the customer service manager in the utilities department, as the interim finance director.

    Marrujo was sworn in as her family watched.

    Tana Vega, the deputy finance director, has been serving as the interim director since Abran Romero resigned in September. Vega was hired as deputy director earlier this year; she worked with City Manager Timothy Dodge when he was manager in Santa Rosa.

  • Editorial: Old-school hiring

    Covering government can feel like a perpetual merry go round. And when it comes to the Mora school district, we’re getting awfully dizzy.

    The district has suffered much embarrassment this year. First, the Optic revealed that the schools spent thousands on leather jackets, beef jerky and other refreshments and meals for our area state lawmakers. Then after that, the state auditor revealed that the district improperly diverted tens of thousands in federal and other funds into a discretionary account, which turned out to be a slush fund for top school officials.

  • Letter: Workers rally locally organized

    I was shocked to read in the Optic that Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, told our county commissioners that someone from the Optic planned the pro-workers-rights rally. How absurd!

  • Cowgirls cruise

    On an afternoon where a number of Cowgirls beefed up their statistics at the expense of struggling NAIA school Northern New Mexico College, the most significant stat of all was six.

    As in six wins, NMHU’s total to date, in nine games played.

    Saturday’s 112-44 blowout of the fledgling Eagles gave Highlands a 6-3 record, the best in several years for a program that had fallen on hard times since it last won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West division a decade ago.

    Some other numbers from Saturday:

  • Woman convicted in killing

    A woman accused of stabbing a man to death was found guilty Friday of voluntary manslaughter.

    A nine-woman, three-man jury produced its verdict against Bernadette Sanchez, 36, after less than an hour of deliberations. She was also found guilty of tampering with evidence.

    During the four-day trial, the defense tried to show that Sanchez stabbed Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36, because he came into her house and attacked her friend, Elizabeth Martin.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Historic Plaza Hotel would like to thank all the local businesses who donated their time and money to purchase and decorate a Christmas tree for the Festival of Trees that was held in the Ilfeld Ballroom Lobby: Community First Bank, Alco Store, NMHU Housing, NMHU Alumni, NMHU Athletics, Wells Fargo Bank, Noontime Kiwanis, Sunrise Kiwanis, State Employees Credit Union, The Plaza Wine & Gifts, Las Vegas Arts Council, Bank of Las Vegas, KFUN radio, and Floyd’s Rental.

  • Dons grapplers back in Duke City

    Attention, prospective tourists and other visitors to Albuquerque: Need tips on the best places to stay, restaurants to dine in, sites to see while you’re in town? The West Las Vegas wrestling team may be able to point you in the right direction.

    The Dons and coach Robert Alarcon should know the Duke City just about that well by now, after having competed in tournaments there the last three weekends.

    And, Alarcon says, they’ve done quite well indeed, treating the mats of Del Norte, Highland and now Rio Grande like their own.