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Today's News

  • Cowboy football ends 12-game slide

    Luke Jones' 40-yard field goal with 2:48 left in the game lifted New Mexico Highlands to a stirring 23-22 comeback victory over Dixie State (Utah) in the season opener.

    Highlands ended a 12-game losing skid and gave first-year head coach Marty Fine a win in his debut. The game was held at the Herrera Complex on the campus of West Las Vegas, which has served as a makeshift home for the Cowboys while their home stadium undergoes turf replacement.

    The Cowboys trailed most of the game, and they faced a 22-7 deficit with 7:52 left in the third quarter.

  • Wolf resigns from Alta Vista

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Wednesday, Alta Vista Regional Hospital announced it has named Caleb F. O’Rear as its interim chief executive officer, effective immediately to replace Chris Wolf, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

    No other information was released. Wolf did not return phone calls by Optic press time Thursday.

  • How streets are striped in Las Vegas

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    “O.K., watch out.”

    Chris Rodarte motions to one of the workers in his crew as a vehicle zips into a work area.

    “O.K., watch out again.”

  • County: Nonprofit funding among cuts in budget

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    To most of us, cutting hundreds of thousands out of our budgets would sound daunting. For San Miguel County administrators and commissioners this year, there were painful cuts to be made — but cuts were made without creating employee layoffs.

  • Native American students can skip conquistador pageantry

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Santa Fe’s public school students have been given permission to skip an annual presentation of Spanish colonial culture and history that honors a 17th century conquistador, in deference to Native American and non-Christian students who may find the performances disrespectful.

  • County manager changes direction of book group

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    County supervisors have probably been directing department managers to read books on leadership, presumably, since the modern concept of counties was created.

    However, one recent directive from recently hired San Miguel County Manager Vidal Martinez resulted in some unexpected developments with a Christian book.

  • Charges refiled against woman accused of theft

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Charges were dropped and then refiled this week against a Las Vegas woman was recently arrested on several charges, stemming from incident at a restaurant where she worked.

    Krystle Alarcon, 33, was recently arrested and initially charged with two counts of larceny, fraudulent use of credit cards, forgery, embezzlement and a probation violation.

    The criminal complaint related to the charges was dismissed without prejudice Aug. 25. It was re-filed Tuesday in San Miguel Magistrate Court on Tuesday, with slightly different charges.

  • Farm Bill meeting set for in Mora on Sept. 13

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The most recent Farm Bill approved by Congress directs that local work groups be organized and meetings held. In New Mexico, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts are given the responsibility of initiating and chairing these meetings.

    The public is invited to participate in the local work group being organized by Western Mora SWCD, Mora/Wagon Mound SWCD, Colfax SWCD and Tierra Y Montes SWCD on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.

    The meeting will be held at Helping Hands, Highway 518, mile marker 30, in Mora.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 1, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Auditor: PED misplaced $20M

    SANTA FE — Officials from the New Mexico State Auditor’s office said the Public Education Department cannot adequately explain how it spent $20 million for administrative support, as they briefed a panel of state lawmakers on Wednesday.

  • Cowboy poetry event set for Sat. in Donnelly building

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Saturday, an evening of cowboy poetry and music will be held in the Leveo Sanchez Room adjacent to Donnelly Library on the Highlands Campus.

    The poet who penned the works got rolling after he won a local essay contest in 1911.

    The Las Vegas Citizen’s Committee for Historic preservation, the Friends of Fort Union National Monument, and Highlands University are sponsoring two activities highlighting the legacy of the Barkers.