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Today's News

  • Friday night football: Robertson tames Lions; Dons' upset bid foiled

    No. 2 ranked Robertson rode a three-touchdown lead to a 34-14 win over visiting Santa Rosa on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. Meanwhile, West Las Vegas led the No. 1 Portales Rams on the road before fading in a 56-28 defeat.

    West had led twice -- 13-7 and 21-14 in the first half. But the defending state champions outscored the Dons 42-7 after that. West fell to 1-2 with a homecoming date against Albuquerque Academy coming up.

    Robertson stayed unbeaten at 3-0. The Cardinals scored first on a turnover and led 21-0 at halftime.

  • Remediation moves ahead at Hotel Castañeda

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Visiting the website for the Hotel Castañeda, www.hotelcastaneda.org reveals at least two things: the site is under construction, and its domain type, as a “dot org,” reminds visitors that the site belongs to a nonprofit.

  • Police: gun fired near Las Vegas bar

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was arrested after a recent incident in which a handgun was fired from a moving vehicle.

    Las Vegas Police say Ron M. Montoya, 25, is the person who fired a handgun at pedestrians from the passenger seat of a car on Aug. 27. He was later charged with shooting from a motor vehicle, negligent use of a deadly weapon while under the influence of an intoxicant or narcotic. He was released from the San Miguel Detention Center to the custody of his mother the following day, Aug. 28.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 10, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 2 and Sept. 7:

    Anthony Silva, 55, probation violation: under the influence of alcohol, Adult Probation.

    Samantha Quintana, 30, probation violation: positive UA (methamphetamine), Adult Probation. David Leyba, 35, failure to appear for child support, Mora County.

    Charlie Vega, 29, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (four counts), child abuse (four counts), San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 10, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 2 and Sept. 7:

    Anthony Silva, 55, probation violation: under the influence of alcohol, Adult Probation.

    Samantha Quintana, 30, probation violation: positive UA (methamphetamine), Adult Probation. David Leyba, 35, failure to appear for child support, Mora County.

    Charlie Vega, 29, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (four counts), child abuse (four counts), San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Highlands mourns loss of chemistry professor

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Las Vegas Optic reports Highlands University is mourning the Sept. 4 death of Robert Amai, a beloved chemistry professor emeritus.

    Amai taught full time at Highlands from 1962 to 1988, chairing the Chemistry Department from 1969 to 1974. In 1986, he became the first faculty member to receive the Professor of the Year Award and Distinguished Service to the University Award in a single year.

    After retiring, Amai stepped in as needed to teach chemistry classes and lead research projects at Highlands.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

    9.12.2017 TUESDAY Sept. 12

    Highlands University invites you to show your Purple Pride! Decorate your home or business for Highlands Homecoming using purple and white and incorporating the 2017 Homecoming theme, “Highlands Home Field Advantage: Blazing New Trails.” Call 454-3248 to register and be eligible for the contest. Judging takes place on Tuesday.

    9.13.2017 WEDNESDAY Sept. 13

  • NMHU art show slated

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A 15-year-old violinist concentrates on his complex music in Nacho Jaramillo’s painting Virtuoso. Foreboding rust-colored clouds approach in Johanna Keenan’s painting Sand Dunes Before a Storm.

    A Brazilian educator and American linguist, both renowned philosophers, are depicted in Erin Currier’s painting Paolo Freire y Noam Chomsky. Golden aspens shimmer on a sunny day in Priscilla Wiggins’ painting Vances Autumn.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Moms usually have patience for goofy ideas

    By Editha Bartley

    The hummingbird population here at the ranch is now in very full swing. Friends asked me how many hummers I was feeding, and I have to say I have no idea.

    Counting hummingbirds at my four feeders is like counting the legs on a herd of cattle, then dividing by four, as an old timer told me a long time ago. I wish I had stock in a sugar producing company at this time of year. And thankfully we have lots of mountain flowers in full bloom now for these little birds to enjoy as well.

  • You can’t assign someone to care

    Editorial

    Caring — specifically about how well public servants are serving their fellow New Mexicans and if our tax dollars are being used wisely and according to established laws and rules — can’t be taught to anyone.

    It’s an innate interest and enthusiasm that comes from wanting the best for every student, every citizen and every visitor to the area. That kind of caring is one of the many attributes Mercy López-Acosta brought to the Optic during her seven-year stint as a full-time reporter and features editor.