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Today's News

  • Community meeting in El Valle on Thursday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Thursday, the San Miguel County Planning Committee will host the latest in its series of public community meetings to gather input on its new comprehensive plan.

    Thursday’s meeting will take place at Valley Middle School in El Valle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    For information, go to www.co.sanmiguel.nm.us or contact Alex Tafoya at 505-454-1074.

  • Car show tribute

    Photo by Theresa Wesner

    The second annual Tribute to 9-11 event included a Sunday car show at Gene Torres Golf Course. Enthusiasts from far and wide brought in their cars and took advantage of the final warm, dry weekends of the summer months.

  • Cardinal boys soccer busts into win column

    Breaking into the win column, Robertson’s boys’ soccer team took out its frustrations with two dominant wins — their first this fall — over Tierra Encantada and Monte del Sol on Friday and Saturday. T.J. Trujillo’s surge up the middle with 15 minutes left in the game Friday helped left the Carindals to a 4-1 win over Tierra Encatada.

  • Cards tame Lions; Dons’ upset bid foiled

    Using a balanced attack, the No. 2 ranked Robertson Cardinals beat another football team expected to contend for state in Class 3A this fall. This time, the opponent was Santa Rosa, which fell 34-14 Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    Arjay Ortiz ran for a team-high 129 rushing yards and completed 9 of 15 passes for 171 to lead the home team.

  • College roundup: HU runners in top three

    Collins Kurui of New Mexico Highlands was held to eighth place by a pack of runners from host Adams State in this past weekend’s Joe Vigil Open in Alamosa, Colo.

    Kurui, who’d won the Lobo Invitational and earned national honors a week earlier, posted a time of 25:18 in the 8-kilometer race.

    NMHU’s men placed third, getting scoring from Kennedy Kipkogei (17th, 26:39), Oliver Huffman (30th, 27:50), Raymond Tanui (33rd, 28:21) and Mark Daniels (44th, 31:18).

    Highlands’ women placed third behind Adams State and Trinidad State.

  • Famed graffiti artist made stop at NMHU

    Submitted to the Optic

    Legendary New York City subway graffiti artist Al Díaz told media arts students at New Mexico Highlands to look within when creating art.

    “The most authentic art people create is art that reflects your own experiences and what you believe,” said Díaz, whose work is exhibited and collected internationally.

  • Distinguished NMHU Alumnus: Tomás E. Salazar

    NOTE: The following is the first in a series of profiles of Highlands University's Distinguished Alumni honorees as NMHU celebrates Homecoming this month.

    Tomás E. Salazar, the first Hispanic from New Mexico to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of New Mexico, is a lifelong education leader and former dean of Highlands’ College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Abq. woman, man arrested after landlord dispute and fight

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An Albuquerque man and woman were recently arrested after Las Vegas Police say a landlord punched a tenant and the man with her pulled out a gun.

    Rafael A. Calderon, 39, and Ernestine Saiz, 50, both of Albuquerque, were taken to the San Miguel County Detention Center on the evening of Sept. 6.

    Las Vegas Police were called to an address in the 600 block of Porter Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. initially because Saiz had advised police she wanted to serve her tenants with an eviction notice. 

  • Santa Fe protesters stand ground against trespassing charges

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A criminal defense attorney said Monday that protesters were acting within their rights when arrested in Santa Fe at a rally against a re-enactment of the return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico, challenging local law enforcement's handling of the event.

    Eight people arrested by Santa Fe police last week pleaded not guilty Monday in municipal court to charges of criminal trespassing that could carry penalties of 90 days in jail or a $500 fine — or both.

  • Culinary entrepreneurship open for business at LCC

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    If you want to take your culinary entrepreneurship to the next level and attract wholesale buyers, La Cocina Commercial Kitchen at Luna Community College is ready to sign you up.

    Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bill Hendrickson said in a recent interview that final regulatory issues are being addressed, and kitchen users are encouraged to start applying.