Today's News

  • Noticias - Dec. 30, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • Cowboys go for 104 vs. Eagles

    It took nearly four minutes for New Mexico Highlands to get on the scoreboard Wednesday night against Northern New Mexico College, but once the Cowboys (5-5) got started, they were impossible to stop.

    Highlands passed the century mark for the first time this season, shooting down the visiting Eagles 104-78 before several thousand fans at the Wilson Complex. The game tipped off close to 10 p.m. and didn’t finish until nearly midnight. The university planned the late start in conjunction with a full day of Stu Clark Tournament basketball at the Cowboys’ home gym.

  • Early thrills in Stu Clark tourney

    Matinee games beat the prime-time contests in terms of pure basketball drama on Wednesday as the 58th Stu Clark Tournament got under way at the Wilson Complex.

    The tournament concludes Friday with a full day of action. (See schedule for times; next week’s Optic will carry full coverage of the remainder of the tourney.)

    First, tourney newcomer Moriarty overcame a 10-point deficit to sneak past Silver 49-48. The Colts, who got double-digit scoring efforts from Alex Lopez (18), Derek Salas (12) and Brandon Reese (10 plus six boards), led 28-23 at halftime.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 20, 2011

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado School of Mines, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Stu Clark Tournament: seventh-place game 9 a.m., fifth-place game (consolation final) 11 a.m., third-place game 1 p.m., championship 9 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson at Silver Duals, Silver City

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Mora County Notebook: Girl Scout troop continues to grow

    Girl Scout Troop #10338 was organized by Lillian Mestas more than a year ago with just a few members has grown to 17 members. The girls are ages five through 11.The troop meet every week. But each section meets every other week also. They have three small groups including Daisies, Brownies and Juniors.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Dec. 30, 2011

    Community Calendar

    8 p.m. — Doors open and at 9 p.m. New Years Eve Dance begins, VFW Hall, music by Agua Negra Band, refreshments, $10 a person
    10 a.m. — Mora County Commission meeting, Mora School Board Room
    TBA — Mora Rangers basketball at NRG tournament, Pojoaque, varsity, continues until Jan. 7
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangers basketball vs. Peñasco, home

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The people and events of this past year

    The end of yet another wonderful year causes me to both look back and look forward. Yes, Thanksgiving is past, but I have to many things and events to be thankful for.

  • ‘Processed’ school foods criticized

    Las Vegas City School board member Gloria Lovato-Pacheco took a stand for healthful meals during a recent board meeting. She was the only “no” vote to award contracts for cafeteria food service products to several vendors.

    In doing so, she said she wants fewer processed items being served to the district’s students.

  • Santuario de Chimayo

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    CHIMAYO — They come in pain and in prayer, seeking cures and a cup of sand from a tiny adobe church called Chimayó.

  • Chief: HU police keeping log after all

    The chief of the New Mexico Highlands University police department  says that, although he hadn’t been aware of it until recently, his department had been maintaining a federally required crime blotter.

    Chief Donato Sena said a dispatcher is in the process of going through the log to ensure that it is complete.

    University officials had previously said that the blotter wasn’t being kept under Sena but that it had been kept under the previous police chief’s administration.