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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Discuss issue in the open

    For three hours last week, the Highlands University Board of Regents met behind closed doors to discuss the possible acquisition of the College of Santa Fe, a private school that is suffering financial difficulties.

    The state Open Meetings Act creates an exception for governing bodies to meet in closed session to discuss acquisitions of real property. The College of Santa Fe issue certainly would fall under this exception.

  • Couple says broken bridge cuts off access to land

    Lorenzo Sanchez says he and his wife want to move to their inherited property in Los Vigiles, which is north of Las Vegas.

    But he said there’s a problem with access.

    Maps show that a county road goes past the Sanchezes’ nearly five acres, but a bridge over a canal owned by the Storrie Project Water Users Association is rotted, preventing cars from continuing on the road. Signs posted on both ends of the bridge read, “Danger — Restricted Area.” It’s been that way for years.

  • Message planned for customers

    Customers at liquor stores may be getting some sticker shock soon, but it won’t be a result of the prices.

    The San Miguel DWI Program is launching a program in which it will place stickers on multi-packs of alcoholic beverages warning people that it’s against the law to provide alcohol to those younger than 21.

    So far, a number of liquor stores have agreed to take part in the program — Dick’s Liquor, Ray’s Discount Liquor, 77 Liquors and Legers Package Liquor Store. Officials expect more stores to take part soon.

  • EDITORIAL: Controlling city traffic

    Here’s an idea: Since the city is pondering weight restrictions along Seventh Street, let’s just restrict all heavy trucks to Interstate 25. And to slow traffic through our residential neighborhoods, let’s just reduce the speed limit everywhere to 10 mph — with speed bumps placed on every block to ensure travelers will abide by the reduced speed limit.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Annual Stu Clark Awards time

    It is time once again for the annual Stu Clark Awards. Before we go through the awards, wouldn’t it be nice to come up with a mascot for the award? How about asking Ernest Armijo over at Armijo Glassworks to come up with a design, then put it in one of those nice glass trophies?

  • WLV runners set sights for Australia

    Azelynn Ulibarri doesn’t know a whole lot about Australia, she’ll admit.

    “They have cool accents,” she offered. “And pretty beaches.”

    Ulibarri, a West Las Vegas junior, and WLV freshman Gabriela Piña hope to get to know the Land Down Under a heck of a lot better by this summer. The two Lady Dons cross country runners have been selected to represent New Mexico in the 21st Annual Down Under Sports Tournaments beginning July 11.

  • EDITORIAL: No fair warning

    Qwest has a monopoly over phone service in much of New Mexico; it is granted that right through the state Public Regulation Commission.

    We hope that Qwest, a private company, would look out for its customers’ interests, but last week, the telecommunications giant failed in that regard.

  • COLUMN: 'Get a life' or "Go for it'

    Is there any cure for language purists of my ilk? Will I/we ever be able to relax, irrespective of the knowledge that somewhere in the world public signs with misspellings abound?

    Being a newly dubbed strait-laced language cop, I get it back twice as hard as I give. I parade around commenting on other people’s typos, but when something I write, and by extension, something that appears in the Optic, has a glaring error, we catch it (the scorn, not the error).

    How does it feel, Art?

    A couple of examples:

  • COLUMN: 222 pounds OK -- for a 9-footer

    A few hours ago, hundreds of millions watched the ball drop on Times Square, signaling the start of a new year, one of hope and promise, if not of prosperity.

    As they sang an ancient lay — something about an elderly man named Lang who owns an old sign — many people celebrated by uncorking bottles of champagne and later waking up to a man-sized headache today.         

    As for me, the real ache is a couple of feet lower.

    Let me explain:

  • 2 men rescued in recent blizzard

    Local search and rescue teams recently rescued two men who were lost in a blizzard near Sapello.

    The two men left around 2:30 p.m Dec. 22 from a cabin at Rincon Montoso, with plans to hike about three miles to Lone Pine Mesa above Sapello Canyon, according to a press release from San Miguel Search and Rescue.

    Around 4:45 p.m., the state police received a call from the two men, who said they were lost, the press release states.