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Today's Features

  • Some Las Vegans wanted a wind-beaten, sun-bleached, tattered flag taken down. They didn’t like to see the Stars and Stripes in such shape.

    But the tattered old flag had been flying over Sgt. 1st Class Gilbert Martinez’s house since the day he headed off to war in the Iraqi desert.

    That was a year ago.

    “The day he left we hoisted the U.S. flag. We had yellow ribbons all around the house and vowed we would only take the flag down when Gilbert returned home,” said family member Jodie Rael.

    And they did exactly that.

  • Through the years, the Memorial Middle School greenhouse has been a center of activity for students’ agricultural and science projects.

    It’s also a place for aspiring teachers to get hands-on experience in their craft.

    Tom Dormody, a visiting professor of agriculture from New Mexico State University, and a number of his graduate and undergraduate students are learning ways to teach science using agriculture and natural resource applications.

  • By Don Pace

    Las Vegas Optic 

    In 1973, Barbara Streisand sang, “Scattered pictures, of the smiles we left behind, smiles we gave to one another. Misty water -- colored memories of the way we were.”

    One way high school graduates in America have of remembering their friends is looking through their yearbook. And with every yearbook comes a staff that has worked for a year collecting and preserving those memories.

  • West Las Vegas Middle School teacher and coach Brian Gurule has been watching his kids succeed for 13 years. He says that’s what makes him happy.

    “I want to see them succeed and teach them that there is more to this world. I want them to experience the knowledge and insights one gets from travel. Many of our students have never traveled outside of New Mexico,” Gurule said.

  • The title above is no accidental allusion to Vergil’s “Aeneid,” often billed as history’s greatest Latin epic. The poet, who lived from 70 to 19 BC, says, in the original Latin, “Arma virumque cano,” or “I sing of arms and the man.”

    So what does this have to do with former New Mexico Gov. David Francis Cargo?  Perhaps if Vergil were writing today, the hero would be named David Cargo, or “Lonesome Dave.”

  • Not one of the 15 volunteers bolted from the barber chair as an appreciative crowd laughed, jeered and cheered them on to shaved-head heaven. 

    Psi Chi International Honor Society President Renee Shimek said the Highlands University psychology club holds a Spring Festival fundraiser every year.

  • New York Times bestselling author, artist and illustrator Jan Brett made a stop in Las Vegas on Saturday, pulling up to West Las Vegas High School in her shinny tour bus.  About 300 people waited her arrival.  Brett said she enjoys traveling by bus, because it gives her the freedom to stop at places off the beaten path from the average author tour.

  • Kylie Angelique Tafoya, 8, likes to perform in front of large audiences.

    That’s according to Sara Harris, the mistress of ceremonies at the recent sold-out 16th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad.

    “The bigger the audience the better,” Harris said.

    The young San Juan girl took the New Mexico Hispano Music Association’s Child Artist of the Year Award.

    As Kylie took the stage during the Hispanidad event, she stepped up to the microphone but she couldn’t quite make it. She took a little jump, and her fingers slipped off.

  • Imagine a person who combines the full spectrum of reality and communing with nature with deep convictions of spirituality — a transcendentalist, perhaps — of the 21st century.

    Janice “Jan” Arrott, the embodiment of this combination, was born in October 1932 in Worthington, Minn. She never knew her father, Arthur James, who died two months before Jan was born.

  • As the Lady Dons ended their unforgettable season in the University of New Mexico’s “Pit,” appreciation for coach Jose “Magic” Medina and the team’s achievement’s was only beginning.

    As star players Vanessa Lucero and Miranda Martinez walked off the court, they were invited to try out for the Nike Elite Travel Team. Of the more than 130 young women who tried out, both Lady Dons made the squad.