Today's News

  • Looking Back - Jan. 13, 2014

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    Tuesday, Jan. 14 — City Council, at its regular January meeting last night bought Suburban Gas Company and agreed to a bypass proposal made by the State Highway Department and containing several stipulations made by the city. The council also passed a gas bond ordinance which will be published in the future.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 13, 2014

    Information meeting on adoption is Wednesday

    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday at the local CYFD office, 2518 Ridge Runner Road, to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. There are currently 33 children in foster care in San Miguel County.

  • Weather - Jan. 13, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 47. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23. Northwest wind around 15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunny, with a high near 53. Clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Sunny, with a high near 48.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 5:09 p.m.

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  • Noticias - Jan. 13, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 13, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Penguin’s Hidden Talent” by Alex Latimer. Free and open to the public.

  • Thorough probe needed

    There’s no denying that the signs of abuse and neglect were there long before 9-year-old Omaree Varela of Albuquerque died, allegedly at the hands of his mother.

    The boy was kicked to death on Dec. 27, and police have arrested 38-year-old Synthia Varela-Casaus on a charge of child abuse resulting in death.

    The tragic death has raised questions about whether authorities — specifically police, the Albuquerque district attorney’s office and state Children, Youth and Families Department caseworkers — dropped the ball.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Jan. 13, 2014
  • Another Perspective - Capital outlay reforms needed

    New Mexico’s haphazard process of annually awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to state agencies, and to city, county and tribal governments, for special projects wastes tax dollars on projects that are not ready to be built, are not integrated into an overall plan, cannot be properly maintained or will not be managed by a financially responsible entity.

    The good news is that all of these problems can be fixed.

  • Foul-line disparity sinks Cowboys

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The Cowboys managed to hit only 59 percent of their free throws while the Skyhawks hit 89 percent from the charity stripe, and Highlands (8-6, 5-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) fell to Fort Lewis (9-3, 6-2 RMAC) Friday night at the Wilson Complex.

    (NMHU went on to earn a weekend split after beating Adams State 90-87 on Saturday night. See next issue for details.)