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Today's News

  • Letter: Pecos faces budget deficit

    The Pecos Independent School District will be facing a budget reduction for the 2010-11 school year. We are looking carefully at all operational budget areas to apply a reduction to create a balanced budget.

  • Letter: Addressing Ojitos Frios' water issue

    Few conversations with my neighbors in Ojitos Frios Ranches near Romeroville, south of Las Vegas don’t include water. “How’s your well?” “How full are your tanks?” “Where are you getting your water?” These questions have been a part of nearly every discussion since we began experiencing a plague of well failures last fall.

  • Lady Cardinals upset St. Mike's

    Seven Lady Horseman errors helped visiting Robertson pull off one of its better wins of the season Tuesday, a 7-2 nod at St. Michael’s in Santa Fe.

    “We needed it,” said RHS head coach Chris Najar.

    It’s been a season of building and learning for the Lady Cardinals, now 5-11 and 2-7 in District 2-3A. RHS lost a half dozen starters from last year’s team but have coalesced into a generally tight-knit group that has improved over the season.

  • No more anonymous comments

    I have pulled the plug on the online comments at the end of our Optic stories and commentary.

  • N.M. has 'tyrannical administration'

    Former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., came  with his son Pete Jr. to Las Vegas on a recent day to promote the son’s gubernatorial campaign.

    However, neither the senator nor his son is a stranger in these parts. Sen. Domenici was considered the driving force in getting the millions of dollars to build the Ivan Hilton Science and Engineering Building at Highlands University. Pete Jr. is the attorney in a local land grant dispute.

  • Money sought for Valley

    The West Las Vegas school district is seeking big state grants for Valley Middle School, which is underperforming under state standards.

    If the district gets the grant, it will have to get a new principal for Valley.

    Last week, top West officials submitted an application for a state grant that would mean $500,000 annually for three years, which would pay for staff, professional development, equipment and supplies, Superintendent Jim Abreu said.

  • Cowboys to finish in Denver

    New Mexico Highlands University remained the No. 1 team in the NCAA Division II Central Region this week despite losing three of four at Mesa State over the weekend.

    The Cowboys dropped from seventh to 12th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll; they are sixth in the National College Baseball Writers Association poll and 12th in the American Baseball Coaches Association ratings.

    NMHU (33-9 overall) wraps up the regular season this weekend with a trip to Metro State College in Denver. First pitch of the three-game series is set for 3 p.m. Friday.

  • Letter: Abreu was an able captain

    Imagine a cruise ship whose captain is required to set and maintain the course, handle disgruntled passengers, manage an increasingly dwindling cash box, assure quality on all decks, feed and nurture all members of the ship’s crew and passengers. In addition, this captain holds responsibility for the intellectual and physical development of all members of this floating community. There are occasional leaks, rough seas, and perhaps an iceberg at times. Successful voyages demand a qualified captain.

  • To the Point: Commonalities and consequences

    What do the U.S. Secretary of Education, the Highlands and Luna presidents, the New Mexico Secretary of Education and our local school superintendents have in common?

    For starters, they are all educational leaders who spend large amounts of our tax dollars.  They are also subject to judgments of their value based on measurements of what their students learn — or don’t — in our schools.

  • Letter: Mora County needs change

    This is a response to (the letter which ran April 2 titled “Don’t gamble with our future”): In 2009, I began attending Mora County Commission meetings in hopes of learning more and being able to dialog with the commissioners on issues going on in the county. I publicly offered to assist with grant writing as a volunteer.

    What I got was a stop watch that was monitored more carefully than the words I spoke.