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Today's News

  • FYI - News

    The New Mexico State Forestry Division is offering grants up to $6,000 as part of the state's centennial tree planting project. Schools as well as local, state and tribal entities are eligible for the grants, according to The Associated Press. The money must be used for planting trees on public lands. The grants require a 20 percent in-kind match. Applications must be turned in by Aug. 24.

  • Protesting Corporations
  • State agencies must provide electronic records

    By Sue Major Holmes
    The Associated Press

    A new law will require New Mexico government agencies to provide public records electronically if the records exist in digital form.

    The measure, which passed both the House and Senate unanimously, goes into effect July 1. Gov. Susana Martinez signed it into law earlier this month.

    The bill’s sponsors said they and their constituents had problems in the past with some agencies or departments not wanting to send records in an email or download them to a CD.

  • Little Miss seeking donations

    Submitted to the Optic

    Samantha Romero, the reigning Little Miss Las Vegas, is coordinating a team for the upcoming Relay for Life Cancer Event that will be held on June 10 and June 11 at the West Las Vegas Track Field.  

    The donations that are collected will be use for cancer research. This dreaded disease has impacted each and everyone one of us in one way or another.  

    As the team captain, it is her desire is to promote cancer awareness to the youth as well as adults.  

  • Que Pasa - April 20, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. This week’s theme is “Celebrating Easter,” the book is “Pooh’s Easter Egg Hunt” by Isabel Gaines and the craft is decorating paper Easter eggs.

    THURSDAY JUEVES
    • Fort Union National Monument, National Park Service announces its monthly

  • Wishes for Washington

    To its credit, Congress was able to avert a crisis a couple weeks ago by not shutting down the government. But that’s about the only credit Congress  deserves, since just about everything else in Washington is currently dysfunctional.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 20, 2011
  • Work of Art: The perfect photo-op

    One of the best photo-ops in recent times came Monday morning when I got a call from Optic managing editor, Martin Salazar, asking me to hustle over to the north exit on I-25 to get some pictures.

    Taking Exit 347, I discovered that a sea of orange cones, closing the right southbound lane, stretched for about a mile. There, a number of city vehicles were towing away dozens of wrecked trucks, buses, trailer houses and other equipment that had greeted locals and tourists alike. This eyesore has been an in-your-face assault on our aesthetic sensibilities for years.

  • Three from LV are all-state

    Three local hoopsters have been recognized with selection to all-state teams by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

    Miranda Martinez of West Las Vegas High was the lone first-team all-state pick from the Meadow City.

    Martinez, a senior guard, led the Lady Dons with 15.7 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals per game this past season; she was the team leader in those statistical categories.

    The Lady Dons, coached by Jose Medina, made it to the state quarterfinals in The Pit, losing to eventual state champ Santa Fe Indian School 71-45.

  • WLV thrower making a splash

    West Las Vegas’ Danielle Gurule chose a good time to make the throw of her life.

    Gurule threw the discus a personal-record 112 feet, 6 inches, in the Marilyn Sepulveda track meet on April 11 in Albuquerque. The throw was good enough for second place among the best 12 female discus athletes from around the state.

    “Just an amazing girl,” marveled WLV coach James Esquibel, who noted Gurule has also qualified for state in the shot put. “She is currently ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and working hard for a state title.”