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  • Dr. Robert Bell fine art lecture series scheduled

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University will present the Dr. Robert Bell Fine Art Print Lecture Series for fall semester, with four talks remaining in the ongoing series.

    All lectures except the Hogarth engravings lecture will be in the George and Sheryl Talbot Print Study Room in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. The public is welcome.

    All lectures begin at 4 p.m.:

  • Expungement a bad idea

    In a perfect world, anyone who commits a crime and is arrested would be convicted and end up behind bars if the crime is serious enough.

    It goes without saying that we don’t live in a perfect world.

    Our country’s founding fathers set up a criminal justice system in which prosecutors must prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order for that individual to be convicted of a crime. And that’s exactly as it should be. As the saying goes, it’s better that 10 guilty men go free than that one innocent man be convicted.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 29, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Violence against women vs. real manhood

    Thanks, NFL, for sparking a worthy national conversation. When it comes to the issue of domestic violence, you’ve given us a wealth of examples about how not to behave.

    Of course, it’s more important to talk about how such violence hits us at home, in our local communities, but it’s easier to discuss it when some faraway football players are under the microscope. So let’s ease in and start with Ray Rice.

  • Tough to bear - Dons lose to Hatch; No. 1 Cards slash Jags

    The least they could’ve done was leave a few sacks of their world-famous chile.

    Hatch Valley’s Jared Garay threw three touchdown passes and Adrian Grajeda accounted for three scores — two rushing, one receiving — as the Bears (4-1) downed West Las Vegas 42-7 on Friday night at the Herrera Complex.

    West’s struggles to establish an effective running game continued in this contest, and the Dons didn’t gain a first down until Jose Juan Montaño’s 11-yard pass to Miguel Sena early in the second quarter.

  • Home sweet home

    Memorial Middle School distance runners Josh Valdez and Makayla Quintana — both eighth graders — have had to get used to running up front, often with nobody to chase down, this season.

    Valdez has won all but one cross country race. Quintana has five first-place finishes and a pair of runner-up finishes. The meet victories include Saturday morning’s Meadow City Invitational held at Gene Torres Golf Course.

  • Jeter’s mystique will be difficult to replace

    By Will Graves
    AP Sports Writer

    PITTSBURGH  — Derek Jeter will walk off the baseball field for the final time as a player this weekend, taking his mystique, his iconic No. 2 jersey and a fistful of World Series rings along with him.

    For the better part of two decades the New York Yankees great graciously accepted the role as the face of Major League Baseball. Scandal came and went. Dynasties rose and fell.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Sept. 29, 2014

    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Raton, TBA, Raton
    • Robertson boys vs. Questa, 3 p.m., RHS Field
    • Memorial Middle School vs. West Las Vegas Middle School, 4 p.m., MMS

    • Robertson girls vs. Los Alamos, 3 p.m., RHS Field
    • NMHU at Western New Mexico, 5 p.m., Silver City
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at Española Valley, 4 p.m., Española


  • Fire claims another building

    A vacant building beneath the bridge between Commerce and Pecos streets was destroyed by fire Wednesday night, and the Las Vegas fire chief suspects that the blaze may have been sparked by transients trying to stay warm.  

    “It’s under investigation because we don’t have an exact cause,” Chief Phillip Mares said Thursday morning. “I suspect that transients might have made entry and may have made a fire to stay warm, but that’s only speculation.