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Today's News

  • Geology grad accepted into Michigan Tech program

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University geology graduate, Marine Foucher, is headed for a geophysics doctoral program at Michigan Technological Institute.

    The 24-year-old native of Lisieux, France graduated in May 2012 with a master’s degree in geology and a 3.9 GPA.

  • Que Pasa - July 15, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees special meeting, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 15, at New Mexico Highlands University Teacher Education Center room 204. AARP-NM will present important information on potential changes to Social Security and Medicare. After the presentation, LVAAER will select its delegates to the 2013 NMAER State Convention. For more information, contact Tomás at 575-421-2455.

  • Dysfunction at Luna

    Just when you think things can’t get any worse at Luna Community College they do.

    Key employees are fleeing. The president is being forced to get permission for the most basic of decisions, such as posting a job description for a position that is already budgeted or hiring a janitor who received the highest ranking from a committee. And some board members seem more intent on twisting facts, creating chaos and rigging the system to benefit themselves and their family members than on doing what’s best for the institution and its students.

  • Another Perspective - The right to ban fracking

    Splashed across the front pages of the Optic several weeks ago, Danelle Smith’s legal opinion on the constitutionality of the Las Vegas anti-fracking ordinance has certainly drawn some attention.

    But what Smith’s opinion doesn’t mention is even more important than what it does.

    Indeed, you could look through it for hours — days even ­— and you’d fail to find an answer to the one basic legal question that Smith specifically avoided.

  • Star turn - Roybal, Branch guide North basketball teams to stirring victories; South pulls out late win in football classic

    Another year of North-South basketball and football is in the books, and this year, things held to form as the North swept to twin victories on the hardwood before the South took care of business on the gridiron.

    NORTH GIRLS 105, SOUTH 42

    As she returned to the floor of the Wilson Complex — her home for years as head coach of the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls — Cindy Roybal had some old friends nearby to support her in what could’ve been the final game of an illustrious career.

  • Train Robbers grab first in division

    Look out. Here come the Train Robbers.

    A huge series win for the Las Vegas Train Robbers over Pecos League North Division rival Trinidad has given the Robbers the coveted top spot in the division.

    Will Walsh smashed two home runs and finished 3 for 6 with five runs batted during Las Vegas’ 13-5 romp at Trinidad on Thursday night.

    Ryan Lauer added a three-run homer and a solo bomb to help Atsushi Hebisawa record his fifth win of the summer.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 15, 2013

    Monday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Taos Blizzard, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Tecolote vs. Yo Momma, 7:15 p.m., Havoc vs. Balls Deep, 8:30 p.m.; women’s division game, Scrubs. vs. Lady Hackers, 6 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

    Tuesday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Taos Blizzard, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball

  • Crespin boxing in the other Vegas

    Arturo Crespin is headed to Sin City.

    The Meadow City middleweight will be boxing Christopher Pearson in a six-round match on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

  • Stonewalling hindering probe

    It’s been nearly two months since staff at students at Robertson High discovered toilets filled with dog food, floors covered with syrup and flour and graffiti on the walls, but the perpetrators have yet to face any consequences.

    According to a June 29 police report, state police have hit a brick wall in the case due to uncooperative witnesses and are considering it closed for now.  

  • On the front lines - Firefighter earns elite honor

    Leonard Lucero is no stranger to danger. As a wildland firefighter, Lucero is frequently in dangerous situations, but he does it to help others.

    Lucero, a Las Vegas native, has fought numerous fires since joining the force on March 15, 1988. So it’s no surprise that the recent tragedy in Arizona struck home. Nineteen firefighters were killed on June 30 when they became trapped within the Yarnell Hill Fire.