Today's News

  • Birds soar at the Perk

    Estevan Vigil, Daniel Martinez and Linda Esquibel are representing the Meadow City in Monday’s elite Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational, gathering many of the state’s high-profile prep tracksters at the University of New Mexico track and field complex.

    It’ll be a moment in the spotlight as well as a short rest for them after Thursday’s successful New Mexico Highlands University-Puma Joe Abrams Classic.

    Vigil had a state-qualifying javelin throw, also winning in the long jump, 100-meter dash, 200 and 400.

  • Bingaman touts health care

    U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., told a an audience at Luna Community College on Friday that the health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law two weeks ago is a major step forward for the country.

    Bingaman highlighted a number of parts of the new health insurance law that he said will benefit New Mexicans. As far as paying for the the bill, he said other states will be paying more.    

  • Editorial: Two decades of muscle

    Twenty years ago this month, a grizzled old journalist with an Associated Press career under his belt hung out the shingle for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. And there Bob Johnson stayed for 17 years, diligently working for the public’s right to know, until his death in August 2007.

  • Letter: Drunk drivers and apathy

    Which is worse, habitual drunken drivers who end up killing or apathetic citizens who do nothing effective to stop it?

    Face the facts:

    • Habitual drunken drivers have killed and continue to kill. See Optic headlines.

    • State police are effective in arresting them — over and over again. Kudos. Other law enforcement agencies vary in their effectiveness.

    • The “judicial system” has obviously failed to prevent repeat offenses; witness the recent arrest of a seven-time DWI offender.

  • City housing units vacant for long time

    Las Vegas’ housing authority is meeting and exceeding standards, except for one category, the agency’s director said last week.

    It takes, on average, hundreds of days for turnaround on housing authority units, Director Robert Pacheco said. The standard for turnaround should be 25 days, he said.

    “The housing authority put units on modernization status years ago. They thought the clock would stop until you could fix them,” Pacheco told the City Council at its regular meeting.

  • Cowboys handle Regis

    Highlands baseball responded to another national top-10 ranking by extending its win streak to nine games — and 14 of its last 15 — with three straight at league foe Regis.

    The Cowboys won 8-5 in Friday’s nine-inning opener, following suit with 3-1 and 4-2 decisions on Saturday, all in Denver.

  • City to start Mills, 7th, 8th project

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved the low bidder for a project to improve Mills Avenue and Seventh and Eighth streets.

    But some council members expressed frustration with the contractor’s past work.

    As usual, Sangre de Cristo Gravel Products won the contract for the project. The company, which bought Sierra Transit a couple of years ago, outbids other firms nearly every time, likely because it has a local plant and workforce.

  • Council: We're not being informed

    It seems as if history really does repeat itself.

    Shortly after the municipal election two years ago, then-City Council members Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal complained that the city administration hadn’t invited them to a ceremony at a local park.

    They found out about it when they saw a picture in the newspaper that included all of the other members of the governing body. The city management at the time promised to do better.

    Fast forward two years, with a new city administration and council majority.

  • As It Is: Openness is your friend

    No one runs for public office pushing for greater government secrecy. But once the victors take office, they often work to do just that — and sometimes rather quickly.

    I don’t want to beat up on the new mayor of Wagon Mound, Art Arguello. I’ve never met him; I’m sure he’s a great guy.

    But I hope he becomes more open with the public.

  • Grizzlies top Cowgirls

    New Mexico Highlands’ softball team battled the elements as well as the Adams State Grizzlies this past weekend in Alamosa, Colo.

    ASC won two of three games in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference series.

    The teams were set to play a four-game series but due to weather conditions on April 2 the games were called. The Cowgirls continued the first game that had already started along with the regular scheduled doubleheader on April 3, playing only three games in the series.