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Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Wrapping up the summer season

    Is summer really coming to an end? Time does fly when one is having fun, and fun we have had here at the ranch once again. Sharing nature’s bounty and nature’s beauty with our little people sure is fun.
    The little people can’t count hummingbirds buzzing my three feeders any better than I can. But they did take a lots of pictures of them, possibly for show-and-tell at school in the Washington D.C. area.

  • Las Vegas native accepted into music school program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Steven Ray “Cat” Leger is a 16-year-old student at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colo.

    Leger attended the West Las Vegas Rio Gallinas Partnership School prior to his enrollment at Eagle Rock. He has played piano for eight years, four of which were under the direction of Linda King in classical piano. Since being at Eagle Rock, Steven has performed and had major roles in “Urine-town” and “Rent,” Broadway musicals.

  • Noticias - Sept. 13, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering free counseling services to the community this semester. The counseling is provided by graduate students in the final phase of their training in the profession of counseling. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by a training professor of the program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointments, call 454-3564.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 13, 2013

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • SolanoFest IX, Saturday, Sept. 14 at Solano School Gymnasium in Harding County, Dutch Oven Cook-Off from noon to 3 p.m., arts and crafts booths open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dance to the music of Will Bannister and the Mulberry Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information about the Dutch Oven Cook-Off, call 575-673-2326.

    MONDAY LUNES

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 13, 2013

    THUMBS UP! TIRES FINALLY REMOVED
    We commend State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and his staff for the job they did in ensuring that a massive tire dump 10 miles southeast of Wagon Mound was cleaned up. The tires were dumped into an arroyo on state trust lands, posing a major environmental hazard. The State Land Office and New Mexico Environment Department went after the entities responsible, forcing them to clean up the mess at their own expense. They also paid a $30,000 fine.

    THUMBS DOWN! REPEAT DRUNK DRIVERS

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 13, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Old Town became children’s playground

    Not yet 10-years old, the writer and childhood friend David Escudero waited anxiously as the workmen called it a day, then set out to explore the immense playground which had appeared almost overnight on the streets and alleyways of Old Town. Mounds of earth, sand and gravel, bar ditches and trenches and manholes, excavations, large and small, and heavy equipment of every size and purpose, became our paradise — to explore until the sun set and we grudgingly heeded the beckoning calls from home.

  • Editorial Roundup: Newspaper opinions from around the nation - Sept. 13, 2013

    The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., on the invisible department (Sept. 9):
    Introducing the State Department’s budget request earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry quoted Vice President Joe Biden as saying, “Don’t tell me what you value — show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”

  • Tough luck Tuesday

    Kayla Romero sliced 17 kills past the West Las Vegas defense Tuesday night, leading Class 4A Española Valley over the Lady Dons (3-1) at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The visiting Lady Sundevils won in four games, only falling in the second set of the night.

    Game scores were 25-16, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-17 in favor of Española.

    Errors by the Lady Dons led to an 0-4 start in game one, and they got no closer than three points the rest of the set.

  • Champion Lions to test Redbirds

    Last weekend’s gridiron results have made Friday night’s Robertson-Santa Rosa football clash even more interesting.

    Robertson (1-1) found its groove with a 27-19 upset of perennial Class 3A power Lovington last Friday at Cardinal Stadium.

    Then on Saturday, Santa Rosa (2-0) doubled up Albuquerque Academy 54-27 in a major road victory for the Class 2A state champion Lions. Academy had edged Trinidad (Colo.), ordinarily a competitive bunch that generally battles Raton close, 26-25 in week one.