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Today's News

  • Showing Mercy: Protecting all children

    April is a month that brings many joys for many. For me, it marks a very important part of my life — a lesson learned from the past.

    Recently, Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. The announcement brought a smile to my face and warmed my heart to the governor. Her simple action will bring more attention to the prevention of the child abuse epidemic that plagues our state. From toddler Leland a few months ago to baby Briana a few years ago, our state has been ill stricken by the tragedy of child abuse.

  • Keeping it Simple: Resilience

    My column this time around is about resilience — the resilience of people in this community. I was going to begin my article by noting a litany of unfortunate events which have plagued Las Vegas in recent years; however, two Optic editorials have already beat me to it.

  • Nuestra Historia - Eugenio, Las Gorras Blanca and the Constitution

    It was at the momentous constitutional convention of  1910 that Eugenio Romero again emerged as a strong voice to protect the rights of Hispanic New Mexicans.  

  • Orgullo del Norte - Separating the war from the warrior

    “See those fields down there. They are not frijoles or corn, carnal. They are rice patties and we are not at home.”
    — Lorenzo Flores

    I had the pleasure of sitting down with Willie Salas in attempt to capture what the Vietnam War was to our sons, brothers, and fathers. In 1966 Willie didn’t go to the prom, he went to Vietnam. Willie went into the 1st Marine Division.

  • Luna softball closing strong

    The Rough Rider softball team of Luna Community College is punctuating its best season in the program’s brief history in style — and has a shot at a winning record for the spring.

    Luna won three of four games in its series with Lamar College on Tuesday and Wednesday at Rodriguez Park. The Riders won the opener 10-3, then lost game two 6-3 before closing with a doubleheader sweep of a pair of nailbiters, 13-12 and 4-3.

    That surge was enough to lift Luna back to the .500 mark with a 24-24 record.

  • RHS playing for two titles

    Robertson has a chance to capture district titles in baseball and softball Saturday, but the Las Vegas teams will have to do it on the road against a couple of worthy Raton clubs standing atop the heap.
    Doubleheaders will decide both championships. In district baseball records, Robertson is 6-1 and Raton 7-0. In softball, Robertson is 5-2; Raton 6-1.

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    With a 23-5 blowout of Taos in its home finale Tuesday, the Cardinal baseball team moved to 6-1 in District 2-3A under first-year head coach Mike Salazar.

  • Worth the Weight

    The irony didn’t escape Stephanie Trujillo Gonzales.                    

    She and others in the nursing profession regularly dispense education and advice about the importance of eating nutritious, low-fat diets, exercising regularly and avoiding cigarettes, booze and sweets.

    Yet many of those nurses and other health-care workers fail to follow their own advice, chain-smoking and gorging on the same empty calories they warn others to avoid.

  • Tony Marquez Jr. Fitness Challenge 2011 Winners

    Overall Grand Champion
    George Martinez (35 lbs., 3.3 percent body fat lost; currently at 7 percent body fat)

    Female-Male Partners
    1. Michelle Valdez and Charles Martinez
    2. Carol and Peter Linder
    3. Isaac and Marie Salazar

    Female-Female Partners
    1. Stephanie and Lori Gonzales
    2. June Tafoya and Edwina Gonzales

    Male, 16-35
    1. Brad Minor
    2. Chris Tafoya
    3. James Romero

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC at New Mexico Junior College, 2 p.m., Hobbs
    • NMHU at Nebraska-Kearney, 7 p.m. CST, Kearney, Neb.
    Rodeo
    • NMHU at New Mexico State, TBA, Las Cruces
    Tennis
    • Robertson at District 2-3A tournament, 7:30 a.m., Taos

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • LCC at New Mexico Junior College (DH), noon, Hobbs
    • NMHU at Nebraska-Kearney (DH), 4 p.m. CST, Kearney, Neb.

  • FYI - Sports

    City of Las Vegas presents Spring Road Running: Spring Running is a fun program designed to teach the basics of running. Recreation staff will provide instruction which includes stretching exercises, running techniques, running games, timed races and cool down techniques. This five-week program will let you kick up your heels and shake off the winter cobwebs. Participants will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25 through May 26 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

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