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Today's News

  • Making a splash

    Miranda Martinez and Vanessa Lucero led an effective outside-inside punch, scoring 17 points apiece Monday afternoon in a 69-51 win over Grants in the first round of the Ben Lujan Invitational on the campus of Pojoaque High School.

    West (7-0) was to play Española (8-2) in one of two semifinals Tuesday night. The Lady Sundevils bullied Class 2A Peñasco 48-36 on Monday. In the other semifinal, host Pojoaque, a 32-28 winner over Cimarron, was to match up with Socorro, a 67-44 victor over Taos.

  • Dons 2-0 at home after rocking Ruidoso

    West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team has yet to win a game away from home this season. But the Dons have yet to lose in front of the home crowd at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    WLV (2-5) held off a late surge by Ruidoso on Monday to prevail 63-58 on its home floor.

    Ryan Aragon scored seven of his 14 points in the opening quarter as the Dons took a 15-7 advantage. Aragon slashed to the hoop, drew a foul and completed a three-point play to make it 5-2. He then scored on a fast break, and took a pass from Anthony Madrid for another score the next time down.

  • Work of Art: Olive, the other reindeer

    Invention is the mother of necessity. Just because if it’s been manufactured, we must have one. A look at the spending frenzy Sunday night at Santa Fe’s Best Buy convinced me that the world is ending tomorrow, and if people don’t buy their gadgets immediately, there’s no hope.

    For the most part, I’m a practitioner of shopping at home, but what I needed was not available locally. As I saw people grabbing up flat-screen TVs, for less than $200, I wondered why the serious jolt to the economy doesn’t seem to have hit Santa Fe or Las Vegas.

  • Clear sidewalks, city says

    The city of Las Vegas is asking that people clear their sidewalks after snowstorms.

    A city ordinance makes it unlawful for tenants or owners of properties to allow any snow or ice to remain on a sidewalk next to a property for longer than 24 hours after snow has fallen or ice has formed.

    City code enforcement officers said they plan to focus on commercial districts and areas near schools. They start by issuing warnings; subsequent violations may result in tickets.

  • Editorial: Luna and the trades

    We’re glad to see Luna Community College continuing to emphasize to its vocational programs. It’s a great way to serve both its students, who need to go on to good-paying jobs, and area industries, which need well-qualified workers.

  • Las Vegas' annual report costs thousands

    Las Vegas city officials wanted to get the word out about its accomplishments over the last year, and it did so in an annual report released last month.

    The cost to taxpayers: $5,900.

    That’s a cost at least one city councilman and a mayoral candidate are questioning.

    The city mailed out the 16-page, glossy booklet to residents, its production costing $4,652 and postage $1,255.

  • As It Is: Stories that need to be told

    I don’t like writing domestic violence stories. I know that their publication has effects on families.

    But if the allegations are true, then the offender deserves the blame, not anyone else.

    I often look at Optic editions  from decades ago, and you see plenty of crime stories. What’s missing is reports of domestic violence. Does that mean such offenses never occurred back then? Of course not.

    In those days, law enforcement, the media and society in general considered domestic violence a private matter. It was between a man and a woman.

  • Cards stay on a roll

    Robertson’s boys’ basketball team played the role of road warriors this past week, capping a three-city tour Saturday with a 70-55 victory at Ruidoso.

    Coach David Bustos’ bunch improved to 8-2 overall heading into a break before the Stu Clark Tournament.

    Fabian Varela led Robertson with 19 points. Justin Bustos scored 18. And the soccer star duo of R.J. McNellis and Clint Brayfield again shined, adding 16 and 10 points, respectively.

  • Alta Vista bans smoking inside and out

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is going tobacco-free on Jan. 1.  

    After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted — inside or outside — on hospital property and hospital-owned clinics. This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas outside Alta Vista where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products.  

  • You call it a recession, I call it a collapse

    There are a few vantages from which to view our current economic malaise.

    Some see it as an isolated bump in the road that can be fixed by the gummint doling out largesse to Wall Street and other failed ventures.

    Others, like myself, see  our current economic troubles as the first, spreading crack in an edifice on the verge of collapse.

    Let me tell you why.