Today's News

  • Publisher's Note: Mountainside experiences

    By the time you read this, I should be in Arkansas visiting my parents and preparing for a trip into the Ozark Mountains, where about 50 of us McDonalds (along with other last names, thanks to various family extensions) will rent and take over a lodge for a massive holiday celebration.

  • Colts kick Cardinals out of playoffs

    Final score from Saturday’s Class 3A state football playoff game in Silver City: Silver 2, Robertson 1.

    Two to one as in two big momentum surges to one.

    Or maybe, given the nastiness that played out, it was two haymakers to one.

    The host Colts galloped to a 21-0 lead, watched as the Cardinals rallied to tie the score, then trotted off with 20 straight points to pull out a 41-20 victory.

  • Cowboy hoops split in Pueblo

    Former Pojoaque star Ryan Gonzales led all players with 15 points and helped New Mexico Highlands defeat Colorado College 71-49 Saturday in the 27th Annual Al-Kaly Classic hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo.

    Gonzales sank four three-point baskets and made three free throws to go with two assists, one rebound and a block. Marcus Williams added 11 points and Momcilo Latinovic had nine for NMHU (1-1).

    Highlands, which outshot Colorado College 42 percent to 37 percent and outrebounded its foe 41-34, led 33-18 at halftime.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 21, 2011

    No local varsity events

    • NMHU women at Oklahoma Panhandle State, 7 p.m., Goodwell, Okla.
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Capital (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    • NMHU men vs. Eastern New Mexico, TBA
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Peñasco (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • FYI - Sports - Nov. 21, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

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  • Staffing woes plague police

    A manpower shortage has forced state police to cut back on its 24-hour police patrols in San Miguel County.

    The staffing change has San Miguel County officials saying that it’s more important than ever for the county to bring on more sheriff’s deputies, though finding the money to do that is proving to be a challenge.

  • Mora janitor claims assault by official

    A Mora school board member who has been critical of the current administration is being accused of assaulting a school janitor.

  • A Helping Hand
  • Council approves contract for EDC

    The City Council unanimously approved a $38,000 contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation at its meeting Wednesday evening despite some concerns raised by members of the governing body.

    Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, acknowledged that the city has had issues and concerns with the organization in recent times, but he said he felt the agreement being proposed was a good one. The EDC, which strives to promote economic development in this area, has been in turmoil in recent times.

  • Guadalupita woman wins $200,000

    Submitted to the Optic

    A bad wind blew good fortune to a Guadalupita woman.

    Rebecca Leyba won $200,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Diamond Avalanche” Scratcher game.  

    She ended up with the winning ticket after she and her husband drove 50 miles to Las Vegas to replace windows broken in a windstorm. On their way home Monday, they stopped for gas and snacks.