Today's News

  • San Miguel County to keep Safe Ride after all

    The Safe Ride program has taken quite a ride over the last few days.

    Late last week, County Manager Les Montoya put on hold the service that provides free rides homes from bars. He held out the possibility that the program may come back pending further review.

    This week, as it turns out, he decided to revive the program, which operates from Thursday through Saturday nights.

    Both decisions were the result of input from members of the County Commission, Montoya said.

  • Highlands gets grant for water testing

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    New Mexico Highlands University received an $82,529 National Science Foundation Grant that will enable natural sciences students and faculty to use in-house instrumentation to conduct water quality research and analysis.

    One instrument is for field use in streams and lakes and measures real-time water quality parameters like temperature, conductivity, pH and dissolved oxygen.

  • SATURDAY UPDATE: New coaches at RHS — for now

    When the Robertson High School football team comes out for practice Monday, it'll have new coaches — at least for the time being.

    Richard Martinez, a longtime wrestling and middle school football coach for the district, will be taking over as interim head coach, while Pat Garcia, another coach for the district, will assist Martinez, officials said.

  • Area sophomores gear up

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    More than 100 high school sophomores from Espaola, Pojoaque and Santa Fe attended a GEAR UP for College Camp at New Mexico Highlands University July 28-30.

    GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Highlands’ 10-year-old GEAR UP works to increase high school graduation rates and enrollment in college. Students are enrolled in the program from seventh grade through high school. Highlands has GEAR UP offices on the Highland’s campus and in Espaola.

  • Baby girl is attacked by dog

    A 20-month-old baby was attacked by a dog earlier this week, sending the girl to a hospital for surgery.

    It was an incident that left police officers “shook up,” an official said.

    Around 9 a.m. Monday, Amaya Melendez was attacked by what state police described as a pit bull in a house near Harris Pond north of Las Vegas, officials said.

    She was bitten numerous times and was taken to the hospital for surgery to remedy serious wounds, officials said.

  • Just a thought

    ‘Success is peace of mind that is the direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” This is John Wooden’s definition of “success.”

    On a vacation trip I had the opportunity to read Wooden’s entire book, Wooden, A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court in one day.

  • Full text of mayor's speech

    Note: This is the full prepared text of Mayor Tony Marquez's State of the City address. Marquez ad-libbed during his speech, so quotes in the Optic story may not be included in this speech text.




    (Recognize attendees) thanks.

    On March 4th, the people of Las Vegas voted for change. It presented a great opportunity to provide a turning point – for the way city government is to operate. I’d like to thank youee for allowing me to lead this effort.

  • Three suspected in burglary

    State police have arrested three people in connection with a burglary in the Mineral Hill area.

    During the late afternoon of Aug. 7, state police officers officers met with the owner of the home that had been burglarized, according to a state police press release.

    The victim said someone had kicked in the back door of the residence. He reported that a Gateway computer, a .22-caliber handgun and alcohol had been stolen from the residence.

  • Summer break nearing an end

    Mario Urioste was enjoying his last days of summer vacation tossing the football around at Lincoln Park with his dad, Chris, while his mom, Christina, watched from under a shady tree.

    Urioste has enjoyed his summer traveling to see family in Albuquerque and going camping.

    He will be an eighth-grader grader at Memorial Middle School and is looking forward to getting back to school.

    Urioste said he has been practicing with the high school football team and is looking forward to playing this fall.

  • County reverses decision on hiring

    A man who pleaded no contest a few months ago to accepting a bribe was about ready to begin work in the San Miguel County assessor’s office.

    However, at the last minute, the county decided against going through with the hiring of Lucas Marquez, 31.

    He is a former Mora County sheriff’s deputy who was accused of telling a woman she could either perform a sex act or go to jail while he was at her home for a disturbance call.