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Today's News

  • Letter: A tribute to Gov. Bruce King

    I’m sure all of New Mexico can agree that we have lost a great man with the passing of Gov. Bruce King. He was one of the best governors that New Mexico ever had. He was surely a servant of the people. He walked among us, and always left us feeling refreshed and knowing that someone cared. He was a good example for all elected officials to follow. His personality traits were pretty hard to beat. His personality traits were pretty hard to beat. He was a great leader with good talents, but yet so humble.

  • Courthouse renovation completed

    The San Miguel County government is on the move — literally.

    This week, the offices of the county clerk, treasurer, assessor, planning and zoning, and finance have been moving back into the old county courthouse, which had been under renovation. These offices had been at the Mills Plaza the last few months.

    This week’s move may have meant some interruptions in services to citizens, County Manager Les Montoya said.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Thanks to you

    I came across a Dale Carnegie quotation a while back that says a lot more to me now than it might have in the past.

    “You can make     more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

    Since my affiliation with the Optic, my world has widened considerably. Yes, I had my “coterie,” made up of family, work, and social acquaintances, students and their families, and of course, my pal, Chien, the dog.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... ANOTHER YEAR OF GENEROSITY. There are many who give back to our community at this time of the year, but one of our favorites is the annual, and free, Thanksgiving Day meal for all-comers at El Sombrero’s restaurant at 12th and Mills. This year’s meal was the 13th in a row put on by Helen Rivera and his family.

    As of this writing we don’t have any up-to-date totals, but last year El Sombrero served up more than 650 meals. That’s a lot of food eaten and considerable money spent. It takes mighty big hearts to make this happen.

  • Silver Gloves in town Dec. 11-13

    Eighty to 100 young boxers from across New Mexico are expected to compete in the state Silver Gloves tournament, to be hosted Dec. 11-13 at a local gym.

    The tourney is being staged by Crespin’s Boxing Gym and sponsored by the City of Las Vegas and Crespin’s Paving with Community First Bank also listed as a contributor.

    Admission will be $12 general public, $8 students, and free to children younger than 5.

  • City to buy SUV for administration

    The city administration will get to buy a $20,000-plus sport utility vehicle to take longer trips.

    Last week, the City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a Suburban, although some questioned whether the city could get a more fuel-efficient car.

    The car seats eight people, City Manager Timothy Dodge said. He said it wouldn’t just be for him but other members of the administration.

    Dodge said he already uses his own car for traveling around town for work, but he said he and others would take the Suburban for out-of-town trips.

  • MONDAY ONLINE STORY: RHS employees on leave, 'inappropriate' activities alleged

    Two employees at Robertson High School have been placed on leave for "inappropriate" activities, the superintendent said today.

    Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed information that cheerleading coach Krystle King was placed on leave last week for allegations of "inappropriate behavior" and counselor Amadee Duran on suspicion of "inappropriate contact."

  • For Your Information: East vs. West

    When I began to research the budgets of Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas Schools, I thought the financial argument for administrative consolidation was obvious.

    I expected that when people knew the combined budgets of just two offices within both districts (superintendent and business offices) totaled nearly $2.6 million in 2008, people would immediately recognize some administrative fat could be trimmed and sent to students and teachers in the classroom.

    Wrong!

  • Man convicted in girl's death

    SANTA ROSA — The family of murder suspect David Levi Chavez thought it had good news when the judge read the jury’s verdict Friday afternoon — not guilty of first-degree murder.

    They erupted in loud cheers — prematurely as it turned out.

    District Judge Abigail Aragon then announced that the jury had found Las Vegas resident Chavez, 22, guilty of second-degree murder in the 2008 death of 6-year-old Jasmine Garcia. The victim had been sleeping in a house on Las Vegas’ Union Street when she was struck by gunfire.

  • Warriors edge Cardinals in defensive clash

    The remarkable turnaround season of the Robertson football team came to a close Saturday in Socorro, with the host Warriors taking a 7-3 squeaker in the Class 3A state quarterfinals... Socorro QB Esquibel scored the afternoon's lone touchdown on a goal-line plunge with 3:22 left in the first half. Robertson's Keen Martinez nailed a 31-yard field goal as time expired in the half. That was all the scoring in a game dictated by big defensive stands, multiple fourth down conversion attempts, and a number of offensive penalties vs. RHS...