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Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN - INADEQUATE RESULTS. Nearly 87 percent of New Mexico’s schools — including all but two in San Miguel County, and just one in Mora County — failed to meet federal adequate-yearly-progress standards during the last school year. Such dismal results motivated the state Public Education Department to announce plans to replace the system, if the feds allow it, with a state plan to grade schools A through F instead of with the pass-or-fail approach currently being used.

  • A stunning parallel

    By Sara Welsch

    Well, we’ve come full circle. Five years ago, Bill Richardson’s administration was asked for state e-mails about an audit of the driver’s license program. It refused, claiming executive privilege, and the Republican Party of New Mexico filed suit.

  • Born on the Fourth of July

    By Jesus Lopez

  • Que Pasa - July 29, 2011

    TODAY/HOY

    • Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31.Numerous events around Las Vegas. For the schedule, see Page A7 of today’s Optic or visit www.roughridermotorcyclerally.com

    • Santiago y Santa Ana Annual Mora Fiestas, July 29, 30 and 31 in Mora, beginning with a celebratory Friday evening mass at 6 p.m. at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church. Open to the public. No charge for parking in the church parking lot.

    SATURDAY/SÁBADO

  • Organization sponsoring golf tournament on Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Gold and silver were mined in Las Vegas at the turn of the century, and gold is going to be at the charity golf tournament for children, this weekend at Pendaries.

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters will be giving a 24- carat gold-plated putter, at the upcoming golf tournament on Sunday in Pendaries.   
    This putter is famous and is donated by Ben and Saneh Boothe of The Boothe Companies.  

  • Noticias - July 29, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • All Ages Playgroup at Vida Encantada. A free activity for kids, ages zero to 18, where they will be able to play with other kids and build relationships with our Older Friends at Vida Encantada. Every Monday at 3 p.m. Parents must attend with their children, and may bring toys/ activities to share. Contact Etirsa Gamez at 505-510-0185 or Shena Galla 505-425-9362.

  • South spikers finish well

    Marka Garcia often mesmerized volleyball opponents with her serves, and in the final moments of her final match she found a way to do it again in Tuesday’s North-South All-Star match in Las Cruces.

    The recently graduated Robertson star had an ace and accounted for three straight service points as part of a key North rally in game two.
    Still, the South had more than enough firepower to respond, and the girls in blue held on for a two-game sweep in the annual showcase of the state’s premier volleyball players.

  • Summertime hoops

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Lady Cardinals youth basketball team finished the Santa Fe Summer League undefeated with an 8-0 record.  
    On July 18, the Las Vegas girls topped off the season with a 36-3 thrashing of the Santa Fe Style.

  • Silver medalist’s suicide shocks sports world

    By John Miller and Lynn DeBruin
    The Associated Press

    PARK CITY, Utah  — Hans Gardner shouted as he headed down the steep ramp and slapped his thigh the way Olympic silver medalist Jeret “Speedy” Peterson often did.

    “I wanted to go out there and be as strong as I could ... while letting him motivate me,” the rookie said Wednesday, a day after learning that police said one of the world’s most innovative freestyle skiers had killed himself just miles down the road in Lambs Canyon.

  • Free agent frenzy in NFL

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    Matt Hasselbeck is heading to Music City. Santonio Holmes is staying at home in the Meadowlands. Two days after the lockout ended, NFL teams are doing deals at a frantic pace, with some big names — maybe even Donovan McNabb — changing addresses, and others staying put.

    Not going anywhere is Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who signed a one-year extension Wednesday that keeps him with the team through 2012.