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Today's News

  • On a roll, NMHU hoopsters rough up Buffs

    They’ve got options aplenty on the offensive end, but the Highlands Cowboys really got their spark from the defensive end Tuesday night in a 90-70 dismantling of West Texas A&M.

    Highlands is 3-0 for the first time in years, and if there havebeen any questions about how dramatically this team has turned things around since Joe Harge took the helm, the Cowboys answered them Tuesday.

    Against a team that had outclassed them a year earlier, the Cowboys deliberately defeated the Buffaloes.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... GOOD REPORTS. The citizen-based advisory panels that Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has named in recent months are proving themselves valuable in highlighting problems facing our community on various fronts. Both the Parks and Recreation and the Plaza task forces have reported back to the Las Vegas City Council on the need to clean up and better maintain our parks and rec facilities and to improve the lines of communication between filmmakers and local businesses and residents affected by their activities.

  • City names new housing director

    Five months ago, the city let go six of its directors. Now one of those positions is filled.

    Last week, the City Council approved the hiring of Robert Pacheco as housing director. He previously served as the director of the Tucumcari housing authority for 14 years.

    Pacheco, who is coming out of retirement, told the council that the Tucumcari authority increased its annual budget from $200,000 to $1.2 million on his watch.

  • Feinsod wins division in UNC Open

    Jesse Feinsod's championship finish at 174 lbs. highlighted a solid performance by New Mexico Highlands University wrestlers in Sunday's Old Chicago Open hosted by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

    Feinsod, who has been ranked fourth in NCAA Division II, was the top seed in his bracket — high acclaim in and of itself for the Cowboys senior — and dominated his first three matches to reach the final. He capped the day with a showdown against third-seeded Shawn Kuhlman of Fort Hays State and scored a pin at the 4:50 mark.

  • Officers involved in fire, murder case honored

    The community was in fear earlier this year after a 6-year-old girl was shot while sleeping, but detectives worked hard to apprehend the suspect, an official said.

    As such, Police Chief Gary Gold recognized his department’s four detectives during a City Council meeting last week.

    He also honored those officers who helped with the effort to evacuate people from two homes engulfed in flames a few weeks ago on Douglas Avenue.

    In his memo to the detectives, Gold wrote that the killing of Jasmine Garcia in her bed was “no ordinary crime.”

  • Woman helps fire victims

    With tears streaming down her face, Patricia Navarro recalled going to a friend’s aid after a fire destroyed her apartment and left her on the street to fend for herself.

    With an ironic twist of fate, several weeks later Navarro came home with her mother, Marie Frausto, after a long day trying to replace her friend’s belongings, only to find fire trucks surrounding her own home.

    On the night of Nov. 1, an alleged arsonist torched a two-story home on Douglas Avenue, killing Connie Vigil.

  • A review of 'Confessions'

    Economy! Thoreau might have uttered this comment had he been present at the Nat Gold Players’ efficient presentation and the quarters they employed in “Confessions of a Hispanic-American Woman,” a drama by local playwright Patricia Crespin.

    That being a positive statement, I nevertheless, reiterate support for the Nat Gold Players’ continued appeal for a more permanent, appropriate venue for their presentations. Las Vegas, can’t we find them a home?

  • EDITORIAL: Numbers raise questions

    It’s not unusual for Las Vegas parents to compare the East and West school districts, mostly from the vantage point of which one offers the best education for their children. But an Optic report published last week, took a different approach in looking at the two districts — by including a “by the numbers” comparison.

  • Lighting up Saturday Night

    ‘This town is parade crazy,” says Tito Chavez.  “And this parade (electric light parade) is one of the most interesting and really the most unique of them all.”

    Chavez and his wife, Mary, own Tito’s Gallery on Bridge Street. They have seen lots of parades pass by. He also remembers building lots of floats for the electric light parade in years past.

  • Some call it magic

    Thanksgiving just passed, and while my turkey day usually consists of eating too much and falling asleep by 3 p.m., this year it was different.

    My family and I went to Durango, Colo., for a new twist on Thanksgiving.

    As we were arriving in Durango, it was snowing like crazy. And this year, there was no turkey. (Well, not until Saturday, anyway.) For our Thanksgiving feast, we had Denny’s — that’s right, Denny’s. Nothing else seemed to be open, but it was OK because it made this Thanksgiving something new and totally different.