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Today's News

  • Hospital budget picture brighter

    The state hospital recently warned its employees that the organization is facing financial difficulties because of rising costs. Today, hospital officials said the budget situation is looking brighter.

    In a Sept. 30 memo to staff, Troy Jones, the hospital’s administration, said the state Administrative Services Division told officials that the hospital was unsuccessful in generating the revenue that it had projected.

  • Local shelter's animals have a new place to live.

    The remaining animals of The Animal Support Center have a place to live. Jessica Taylor, owner of Green Gates Sanctuary in Ilfeld, N.M., is willing to care for and socialize the remaining animals of TASC so that they can be adopted to loving homes. Green Gates is a separate entity from TASC and will continue to exist as an educational center and a much needed sanctuary when all TASC animals are adopted.

  • Ex-pro player in county lockup

    Most inmates in the San Miguel County jail probably aren’t asked for their autographs, unless such requests involve court documents.

    Gilberto Reyes is the exception.

    The former player for the Montreal Expos, a Major League team, has been in the jail since last December on a charge of distribution of marijuana. And he has reportedly been asked to sign his baseball card since he entered the lockup.

    On the morning of Dec. 22, Reyes, 44, rolled over his pickup truck north of Las Vegas on Interstate 25. He and a woman passenger were taken to the local hospital.

  • Council reluctantly OKs budget, criticizes state

    The City Council this week approved a budget that would make cuts in the general fund to meet state requirements. But city officials weren’t happy with the state agency that oversees the city’s finances.

    The council signed off on a $9.9 million general fund budget, which pays for everything from police to parks. That’s down from the $10.6 million budget approved during the summer.

  • Winter shutoffs a possibility

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez isn’t saying whether the city will observe a state-mandated moratorium on winter heating gas shutoffs. And state government officials aren’t sure who may enforce it or how.

    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, is a federally funded program intended to help pay the poor’s winter heating bills.

  • RHS gets ready for big game

    It’s homecoming time at Robertson High School with the big game scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Cardinal Stadium as the Cardinals take on the Warriors from Ruidoso.

    At a pep rally on Thursday, students got a chance to laugh and have fun watching and taking part in skits, dance-offs, charades, an obstacle course and scavenger hunt.

    Of course, a pep rally wouldn’t be complete without cheerleaders cheering, the dance team dancing and the Red Wave band playing the school fight song.

  • Chief Gold to speak at Luna

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold will be the featured speaker at Luna Community College’s “A Conversation with the Community” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the LRC Auditorium. Gold, District Attorney Richard Flores and Sgt. Carlos Mendoza of the New Mexico State Police will talk on the topic of “Drugs and Gangs.”

    They are part of several lecturers who have or will speak at Luna Community College in September, October and November.

    All lectures are free and open to the community.

  • Luna plans out-of-town meeting

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees once again plans to hold a meeting outside the school’s service area — away from the public it represents.

    The trustees had planned to hold a two-day training at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque this last weekend, but it was postponed. The school hasn’t rescheduled the event yet.

    It costs $200 for a room at the Hyatt, although Luna may be able to get a bulk rate. The average single room is more than double that of the rate of $89 at Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel.

  • Las Vegas beefing up its public relations efforts

    The city has hired a new employee who will be in charge of public relations.

    It’s unusual for a city the size of Las Vegas to hire a public information officer, but Mayor Tony Marquez, who took the helm in March, has said he wanted an employee whose sole job would be to improve communications with the public.

    Mercy Lopez, a public relations employee with the state Department of Transportation and a former Optic reporter, was the recommended candidate for the position. The City Council voted unanimously for her appointment at its meeting Wednesday night.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Onetime Cardinal standout faces his toughest battle

    If we lived in a perfect world, there would be no death; there would be no illness and there would be no war.

    But the world is not perfect and unfortunately there are these things and many more. Some people choose to live in the glass is half full, half empty world. Others believe the world is against them, while others choose to see the world through rose-colored glasses.

    In the world of Sean Peres one can make an argument that the world is against him, but to Sean, the world is like a running back breaking into the defensive backfield and taking on tacklers head on.