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Today's News

  • Armijo named to Phi Theta Kappa

    Submitted to the Optic

    Cindy Armijo, an instructor of criminal justice at Luna Community College, has been appointed Phi Theta Kappa interim coordinator for New Mexico, by Rod A. Risley, Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director.

  • Dons open gridiron program

    West Las Vegas is announcing its summer football program for prospective players in grades 7-12.

    The voluntary camp begins Monday and continues from 7:30 to 9 a.m. daily, Mondays through Thursdays at the Frank Herrera Football Complex on campus.

    Once planned improvements to the complex begin, the program will shift to the WLV baseball fields.

    All Dons football players are encouraged to participate.

    For more information, those interested may call head coach Mike Maldonado, 706-6990.

  • Final at-bat lifts Isotopes

    John Gall’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday broke a tie and gave the host Albuquerque Isotopes an 8-7 victory over Round Rock Express.

    The teams finished the four-game series with two wins apiece; Albuquerque is 31-35 heading into tonight’s series opener with the Omaha Royals.

    Gall’s walk-off winner, a ground ball hit to right field, scored John Baker from third base.

  • Quit verbing my nouns

    The waiter at a Santa Fe restaurant greeted us with the usual spiel: “My name is Brian, and I’ll be your waiter for the evening.”

    There are only two ways to respond to this kind of greeting: “That’s nice!” and “My name is Art, and I’ll be your customer for the evening.” But rather than poke fun at a formality which at least shows, well, formality, I was struck with the non-sequitur that followed.

  • County looks at transit needs

    San Miguel County commissioners’ interest in a feasibility study on mass transit during Tuesday’s meeting seemed to be higher, especially in light of the skyrocketing price of gasoline.

    Mariana Padilla, a planner with Parametric, the Albuquerque-based firm hired to do the study, told the board that County Manager Les Montoya wanted to look closer at the issue before investing money in an expensive new transit program.

  • Girl dies, boy saved from cliff

    MONTEZUMA — An Albuquerque girl fell to her death and a Las Vegas boy was successfully rescued Wednesday morning from the rock face overlooking the Montezuma skating pond.

    Kimberly Karlson, 15, of Albuquerque fell “a couple hundred feet to her death” between 9 and 10 a.m., according to Peter Olson, communications director for the state Department of Public Safety. The boy, Mathew Cartee, 14, of Las Vegas was uninjured, Olson said.

  • Answering your Father's Day questions

    I always wondered how Father’s Day came about, so as I normally do when I want to know something, I Google it.

    Well, what do you know? The following is taken from the Web site www.morning-glow.com/holidays/father/father.html, which explains how Father’s Day came about.

    The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Wash. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

  • The flag represens freedom

    Last year, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama quit wearing his flag lapel pin on a regular basis. He said he thought the pin was a substitute for true patriotism.

    This may actually become an issue in this year’s presidential campaign — a distraction from the more important matters at hand, but an issue nonetheless.

    Never mind that both Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Obama’s former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, don’t wear such pins. Some on the far right are whispering that Obama doesn’t love his country.

  • A dad that raised dads

    Many of you remember my father, Charles McDonald, since he lived here for a while serving as interim pastor of First United Methodist Church in Las Vegas. He’s back in Arkansas now, where he spent nearly all his life, but I know he made an impression on some people here because people ask me about him, and my mother, on a regular basis.

  • Local kids earn YAFL sponsorships

    Don’t tell Byron Baca Christmas only comes in December.

    The Sierra Vista Elementary fifth-grader was all grins recently when he was pulled out of class to receive one of five New Mexico Land & Title YAFL sponsorships awarded by local businessman Jay Moore and Robertson football coach Raymond Woods.

    “You ready to play some football?” Woods asked Baca as he accepted a certificate from Moore. “Yeah!” the youngster exclaimed.