Today's News

  • Bustos nabs RMAC honor

    Submitted to the Optic


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former West Las Vegas star Vera Jo Bustos was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year and her Grizzlies, coming off the program’s first trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, were picked to win the league, according to the 2010-11 preseason coaches’ poll released by conference officials on Monday.  


  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... OVER AND DONE. Whew, finally, one of the more brutal elections in recent memory is through, and now we can look forward to new leadership addressing many of the same old problems. And just as Barack Obama took the burden and the blame for two wars and an economic crisis he didn’t create, now a whole lot of newly elected officials must inherit a mess. Good luck, all.


  • Dulcey Amargo: 'Ultima' a substantive play

    By Lupita Gonzales


    As I mentioned in a column a while back, I have sworn off sitting too long in front of the TV or the computer screen, but there are some sites I receive online that I follow for the fun of it. One of those is the Astrology  Astro Slam, which often puts me in my place.


    A couple of weeks ago, the slam told me that most people are boring, including me, and that I should do something exciting, like attending a play, or some such. 


  • Que Pasa-Nov. 5, 2010


    • Aaron Juarros will hold a sculpture exhibition titled “From Here” from Nov. 5-Dec. 10. An artist’s reception is planned for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Ray Drew Gallery, which is on the first floor of Highlands University’s Donnelly Library. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.

  • Martinez wins governor's race

    By Barry Massey

    AP Political Writer


    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez won election Tuesday as governor of New Mexico, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state’s chief executive.


    Martinez, 51, defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also be elected New Mexico’s first female governor. There was no incumbent in the race, with Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson barred from seeking re-election because he is finishing his second consecutive terms.

  • Lawmaker Richard Vigil get seventh term

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic


    Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, cruised re-election to a seventh term in the state House of Representatives. 


    With nearly all precincts reporting in San Miguel County, Vigil had 68 percent of the vote to Republican Mel Root’s 32 percent.


    It was largely a replay of the 2008 election, in which the two men got about the same numbers. 


  • San Miguel sheriff easily wins re-election

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic


    Sheriff Benjamin Vigil, a Democrat, trounced his independent opponent, Rico Giron in Tuesday’s election.


    With 27 of 30 precincts reporting, Vigil had 77 percent of the vote to Giron’s 23 percent. 


    In the Democratic primary in June, Vigil scraped by with 35.6 percent of the vote against four candidates. His closest rival, Joseph  Santillanes, got 34.3 percent. 


  • Area competitive races


    San Miguel County

    27 of 30 precincts 

    Magistrate Judge Division 1

    Philip Romero, Democrat 77.5%

    Daniel Holguin, Republican 22.5




    Paula Garcia, Democrat 64.1%

  • Big sports week begins
  • Mora XC teams make state cut

    Las Vegas Optic

    Pecos and Mora will be among the teams vying for state cross country titles this Saturday in Rio Rancho after strong efforts in the District 2 1A-2A meet on Friday in Pojoaque.

    Both Mora boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for the state meet by picking up dual fourth-place finishes in the 13-team district meet.

    Top five make the cut for state, noted second-year head coach Mark Cassidy.

    For the Rangerette runners, the team qualification is a first, Cassidy said.