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Today's News

  • Young Cowgirl kickers look for first ‘W’

    Featuring a slew of young players, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer team is off to a competitive — if yet winless — start under first-year head coach Justin Wagar.

    Returners include goalkeeper Shannon Delarosbil, field players Stephanie Devisser, Yolanda Elias, Amanda Piho, Aspen Proctor,  Ashley Rosales and Caitlyn Syner.

    A dozen freshmen and another half dozen sophomores are listed on a deep but youthful roster.

  • WORK OF ART: The price of their toys

    Before the days of heightened airport security, I was at the terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and noticed a man struggling with two huge suitcases. This was before luggage grew wheels. I  offered to help.

    Because of matters of balance — two trunks are easier to carry than one — the elderly man declined. As he rested, he pulled out a pocket watch unlike anything I’d seen before. It featured a thread-thin antenna for a radio; it announced the time; it had a 24-hour alarm, an adding machine, a ruler, level, altimeter and thermometer.

  • Mora deputy trades shots with suspect

    A Mora County sheriff’s deputy exchanged gunfire with a suspect Friday night, and then the suspect rammed the deputy’s car head on, officials said.

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova said a rookie deputy, David Cordova, along with state police officers, was responding to a report of domestic violence in Buena Vista. The deputy met up with the car driven by the suspect, Richard Sawyer, on N.M. Highway 518.

  • City increases water restrictions

    The city is increasing its water use restrictions as its water supplies continue to drop.

    Starting Monday, residents can only water one day a week. Outdoor water is allowed on Mondays at even-numbered addresses and Tuesdays at odd-numbered addresses. Watering hours are 6-10 a.m. and 6-10 p.m.

    This is what is required under Stage 2 water restrictions, which can be enacted without the involvement of the City Council.

    As was the case before, car washing isn’t allowed at home.

  • Rethinking city water regs

    Well, it’s that time of year again, and the city has once again decreed that I can only water my garden on Tuesdays.

    It’s uncanny, really.

    There is nothing in nature to suggest that the plants in my garden now need only half the watering they needed just two weeks ago.

    So the city has placed me in the same dilemma as many Las Vegans who are looking to grow food in their backyards — shall I obey authority and let my tomatoes and squash shrivel and die or must I become a scofflaw in the name of food security?

  • LETTER: Get both sides out there

    I was shocked, but not surprised, when I heard that there was a gay float in the most recent parade. Later, I was surprised, but not shocked, to read that the Las Vegas Optic reported on the event supporting and only representing one side.

  • Leaders oppose Luna plan

    If Luna Community College officials thought getting approval from the state Public Education Commission for their proposed charter school was just a formality, they had a rude awakening at a hearing last week.

    While Luna Community College President Pete Campos, a number of college employees and a few parents spoke in favor of the proposed new Luna Charter Academy, just about every superintendent in northeastern New Mexico lined up against it.

  • Highlands prof studies sustainability

    New Mexico Highlands University chemistry professor David Sammeth participated in an intensive two-week program in July to study global sustainability at the prestigious Santa Fe Institute.  

    The program, co-sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, explored global sustainability with a focus on climate change. Twenty national and international scientists, economists, social scientists, and policy makers presented at the program.

  • City seeks to solve parking problem

    The city of Las Vegas is pushing a proposal to deal with parking problems near Robertson High School.

    Residents near the school have complained that students parking near their houses are creating disturbances. Robertson officials say they have enough parking on campus, but many students still choose to park on nearby streets.

  • FROM THE HIP: ‘The Big Lie’

    It’s called “The Big Lie.” Hitler coined the term. Hitler believed that we, the people, actually are more vulnerable to colossal, outrageous lies than we are to small and relatively trivial falsehoods. He reasoned that the vast majority of us tend to tell the small and niggling little lies of the “that dress looks great on you” variety on a regular basis. Consequently,  petty falsehoods are within our experience and we are on the lookout for them.