Today's News

  • Vatos rugby turns 20

    In the late winter of 1992, as the snow and ice began to melt in northern New Mexico, a fresh new idea was beginning to bud on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

    Well, it was fresh and new to the community, anyway.

  • Dallas rookie shines vs. Denver

    By Jamie Aron
    AP Pro Football Writer

    ARLINGTON, Texas  — Dwayne Harris’ head was spinning.

    Giddy just to be playing his first game for the Dallas Cowboys, the rookie receiver was learning on the fly, too. Coach Jason Garrett had just pointed out a mistake Harris made running with the ball after his last reception, and now quarterback Stephen McGee was telling him to be ready to recognize a blitz and change his route if it came.

    So, what did the kid do?

  • Looking Ahead - Sports August 15, 2011

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Vegas Boys vs. Louisville Chuggers, 6:30 p.m., Balls Deep vs. Dream Team, 7:30 p.m., city complex
    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Lady Warriors vs. Vida Encantada, 6 p.m., Alta Vista vs. Bases Loaded, 7 p.m., NMHU field

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Dream Team vs. Tecolote, 6:30 p.m., Dream Team vs. Louisville Chuggers, 7:30 p.m., city complex

  • FYI - Sports

    Young American Football League registration is under way for the fall season. Forms can be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Registration fee is $65. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 26. Sports physicals are mandatory. Grades 3-4 are in juniors division; grades 5-6 in seniors division. Mandatory player evaluation is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at Perkins Stadium; juniors at 8:30 a.m., seniors at 10:30 a.m.

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  • Man hurt in botched robbery

    Las Vegas police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two men who assaulted another man while trying to rob him last month.

    The victim in the case, 27-year old John Esquibel of Las Vegas, sustained severe head trauma and remains hospitalized in critical condition. The assault occurred at Ninth Street and Baca Avenue, near Perkins Stadium.

  • Farmers Market

    By Lee Einer
    For the Optic

    This year’s record drought left  many of the acequias empty of water and reduced the Gallinas and Pecos rivers to a series of shallow puddles in some areas downstream. Still, many area farmers are bucking the odds and putting fresh produce on local tables.

    The Tri-County Farmers Market is in full swing. Salad greens, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, turnips and much more are being sold, fresh from area farms.

  • County to seek help for Harlan Road

    Residents of the Glenwood Estates subdivision didn’t quite walk away from Tuesday’s San Miguel County Commission meeting with a commitment that the county would take over maintenance of the main road through the development.

    But they did get a promise that the county would work with the city and state Department of Transportation to try to find funding to upgrade the road and put it on the county road log. County Commissioner Arthur Padilla’s motion also asked county staff to do a one-time emergency repair of Harlan Road.

  • County ordinance hailed as model

    San Miguel County’s wind energy ordinance is being hailed by two national groups as a model for other communities.

    The ordinance has been selected for inclusion in the Successful Communities Online Toolkit by the A. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute, Planning and Zoning supervisor Alex Tafoya told commissioners Tuesday. He also noted that it’s the only wind ordinance to be included in the toolkit.

    “It’s nice to be recognized as having something that’s considered a best practice,” Tafoya said.

  • Looking Back - August 12, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Aug. 11 — Late yesterday evening death ended the brief existence of the baby girl found Wednesday night on the doorstep of Geraldo Flores’ home on the West side. Maria Figueroa, a young woman 25 years of age, has confessed ... that she is the mother of the child. She told the sheriff also that Tomas Flores, son of the man at whose house the baby was discovered, is the father of the infant. The girl was placed under arrest today. She and young Flores probably will be arraigned in a justice court on a charge of murder.

  • Looking Ahead - News August 12, 2011

    People’s Faire is this weekend
    The 33rd consecutive Las Vegas People’s Faire will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, at Carnegie Library Park. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. In addition to food venders and festivities, this year the fair will host some 50 artists, craftspeople and non-profit groups.