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Today's News

  • Majic move: Longtime WLV coach leaving for RHS job

    In filling its newly vacant girls’ basketball coaching position, Robertson High School didn’t have to look too far.

    Jose “Majic” Medina, the longtime head coach across the river at West Las Vegas, has reportedly accepted the Lady Cardinals’ head coaching position.

    Juan Carlos Fulgenzi, director fo co-curricular activities for the Las Vegas City Schools, confirmed that Medina had been selected for the vacancy. Interviews of several candidates took place throughout the day Wednesday.

  • Quintana out at RHS softball

    Robertson is looking for a new head softball coach.

    The school will be looking to replace head coach Michael Quintana, ending Quintana’s three-year run leading the program.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper told the Optic earlier this week that the coach would not be returning but declined to discuss publicly the reasons for that decision.

    Quintana himself said he chose to resign as of late last week. “Despite the rumors going around, I was not fired, nor was I under investigation.”

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 10-13

    SUNDAY (June 10)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Omaha Storm Chasers, 1:05 p.m., Omaha, Neb.

    MONDAY
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Omaha Storm Chasers, 11:05 a.m., Omaha, Neb.
    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Adult League games: Lady Jags vs. I’d Hit That, 6:30 p.m.; AVRH Scrubs vs. I’d Hit That, 7:30 p.m.; Dirty Dicks vs. Blaze, 8:40 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • Statewide and local primary vote totals, 2018

    Here are some select statewide and local contested results from the June 5, 2018 New Mexico primary election, based on unofficial results:

    DEMOCRATIC PARTY

    GOVERNOR

    Jeff Apodaca, 38,764 votes, 22%.
    Joe Cervantes, 20,088, 12%
    Michelle Lujan Grisham, 116,287, 66%

    LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

    Billy G. Garrett, 33,779, 21%
    Rick S. Miera, 51,051, 32%
    Howie C. Morales, 75,576, 47%

    STATE AUDITOR

    Bill McCamley, 60,226, 37%
    Brian S. Colón, 100,619, 63%

  • A snapshot of D.C. while touring with family

    I’m not sure how Tuesday’s primary elections turned out because I’m writing this the weekend before, so why don’t I tell you about my recent vacation to the nation’s capital?

    OK, now that I’ve lost half my audience, I’ll write for the families out there, including my own, who tend to tolerate self-indulgence more than your average newspaper reader is willing to put up with.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 8, 2018

    THUMBS UP: MR. HOUDEK’S OPUS

    If Jeff Houdek had decided not to speak at Robertson High School’s recent graduation ceremony — the first to take place since the tragic passing of his wife — we all would have completely supported his choice. We also support his courage to speak, and it reminded us how important it is to work together.

    Lacy Houdek was the medical care provider of choice for the editor of this newspaper as well as many, many others in the community. She reminded us preventive care is a group effort.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 8, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 8, 2018.

  • Surprises, predicted outcomes both part of primary results

    Primary elections are criticized in concept for the small percentage of the total voting-age population captured in voter turnout. However, voter turnout was high for Tuesday’s New Mexico primary, and some new faces from the northern part of the state —  especially San Miguel and Mora counties —will be sworn in during the year ahead.

  • Closure order lifted in Ute Park fire area

    The Associated Press

    UTE PARK  — Forest officials have lifted a closure order put in place as the result of a wildfire that has charred more than 57 square miles, or at least 36,000 acres, in Colfax County.

    The Valle Vidal area is now open as authorities say the Ute Park Fire is no longer a threat. The fire, burning south of the Valle Vidal area, is 66 percent contained.

  • Chamber Corner: ECC Solar

    NOTE: This is the second item in a series on members of the Las Vegas / San Miguel Chamber of Commerce businesses.

    One San Miguel County business is about to open a new location and expand a business — in a growing industry many are hoping will continue to expand.