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Today's News

  • Gov. clarifies immigration past

    By Barry Massey and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has dug into her family's ancestry and uncovered immigration documents she says suggest her paternal grandparents followed common practices in coming to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s, contradicting earlier indications they were illegal immigrants.

  • SFCC president to retire

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College President Sheila Ortego says she will retire at the end of August 2012.

    Ortego said Monday she faces increasing responsibilities in caring for her elderly mother and will step down as college president because “this is a time I must put my family first.”

    She has served as president since 2006. She has held numerous faculty and administrative posts at the school since it was founded in 1983.

  • Community leaders to meet to discuss economic plan

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Friday, Nov. 18, a group of key community leaders will meet at Las Vegas City Council Chambers to begin developing a Strategic Economic Sustainability Plan for San Miguel County.

    The idea of bringing community leaders together to develop strategic planning initiatives originated as a result of the University of New Mexico Bureau of Economic Business Research Assessment for San Miguel County. The study identified the high number of active community groups that exist in Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 16, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the U.S. Forest Service located at 1926 Seventh St. For information please call 425-9088.

  • ‘As one community’

    Members of the East and West school boards are to be commended for their comments last week in support of consolidating Las Vegas’ two school districts.

    Their words nudged the community toward a renewed discussion about what’s best for the city and its schools.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 16, 2011
  • Work of Art: An internal optometrist

    Is there a chance Americans just don’t read as much as they used to? And if they do, have their reading habits and choice of material changed significantly? And can we count the texting-pecking exchanges on iPhone keyboards as reading?
    I ask this question earnestly. At the moment I don’t have access to data to verify or contradict what I believe. In this case, I’m just asking.

    A Highlands professor I really respect, back in the days when we used to eat dinosaurs, Elmer Schooley, made a believer of me.

  • NBA season ‘in jeopardy’

    By Brian Mahoney
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK  — NBA players rejected the league’s latest offer Monday and began disbanding the union, likely jeopardizing the season.

    “We’re prepared to file this antitrust action against the NBA,” union executive director Billy Hunter said. “That’s the best situation where players can get their due process.”

    And that’s a tragedy as far as NBA Commissioner David Stern is concerned.

  • Silver somewhat of a mystery

    So who are the Silver Colts?

    Robertson’s next opponent in the Class 3A football playoffs, Silver has established itself as a postseason regular in recent years. But because the Colts and Cardinals occupy opposite corners of the state, they don’t see one another very often. And their schedules are dotted with diverse opponents, making them virtual strangers to one another and making comparisons difficult.

  • RMAC teams in regionals

    Submitted to the Optic

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams received the top two seeds in the NCAA Football Super Regional Three, which was announced Monday evening from Indianapolis.

    Also moving on in the postseason are three RMAC volleyball teams.

    Twenty-four teams were selected to the NCAA Division II football tournament.

    The Super Regional Three consists of three conferences: RMAC, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.