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  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 29, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A CULINARY TREASURE
    It’s official. The state Tourism Department has designated Charlie’s Bakery & Cafe as one of only 27 Culinary Treasures in New Mexico. The recognition likely doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone in Las Vegas who has eaten there. But the designation will likely lead to tourists discovering and falling in love with it. Congratulations to owners Charlie and Elizabeth Sandoval for the well-deserved recognition.

    THUMBS DOWN! EX-JUDGE SHOULD HAVE BEEN UP FRONT

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 31, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Remarkable women of Las Vegas

    There is on display at the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, an exhibit called “Remarkable Women of Las Vegas,” and for some time we have intended to include the impressive work in Nuestra Historia. Created by Highlands University media arts student Deanna Threadgill, and funded by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the Media Arts Department at Highlands, the display honors nine women of the Las Vegas area who have made significant contributions to the community — as mothers, educators, writers, healers and folklorists.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Pipelines: Safety and other impacts

    Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The columns were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org.

  • Clarification on ad opposing recall

    An ad opposing the mayoral recall was published in the Las Vegas Optic last Friday, and we neglected to include a sentence about organizational affiliation being for identification purposes only.

    There were several instances whereby individuals, when they signed on to the ad, included the organizations with which they are affiliated, simply  for identification. Inclusion of the names of those organizations does not necessarily mean that the organization itself is opposed to the recall.  

  • First time for everything

    The Las Vegas Train Robbers stayed on the tracks of a recent winning streak Tuesday night, chugging past the .500 mark for the first time as they made their home debut.

    An estimated crowd of 200 was on hand to see the Robbers down the visiting Taos Blizzard 18-6 at Rodriguez Park. Las Vegas improved to 7-6, second place in the division behind Trinidad.

    “We’re an incredible offensive team,” said Las Vegas manager Casey Dill. “As well as we hit the ball, we have a chance to win every night.”

  • Cowgirls in outdoor nationals

    Capping a strong overall season for the New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field program, two Cowgirl athletes represented the school in the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo May 23-25.

    NMHU junior Sheneika Rochester ran the 100-meter dash in 11.85 seconds, just off the qualifying time for the finals. Rochester’s time was the 17th fastest of the 23 sprinters but was just 16 hundredths of a second behind Samantha Bogatz of Grand Canyon, the last to make the cut from the preliminary heats.

  • Iconic coach steps down

    Submitted to the Optic

    After more than three decades in education and coaching, Cindy Roybal is stepping down from her head girls’ basketball coaching post at Santa Fe Indian School.

    “It wasn’t an easy decision; I love these girls,” said Roybal. “Basketball and education have been very good to me, but all good things must come to and end. I look forward to this next chapter in my life and whatever it has in store for me.”

  • Little League - May 29, 2013

    Las Vegas Little League’s upcoming games are as follows. Games are played at Keyes Park.

    MAJORS DIVISION
    Friday games: Red Sox vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Angels vs. Mariners, 7:30 p.m.
    Monday games: Orioles vs. Cardinals, 5:30 p.m.; Mariners vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.

    MINORS DIVISION
    Monday games: Thunder vs. Paw Sox, 6:15 p.m.; Owlz vs. Sandgnats, 7:45 p.m.
    Tuesday games: Threshers vs. Bats, 6:15 p.m.; Red Wings vs. Rivercats, 7:45 p.m.

    SOFTBALL DIVISION

  • Go Fish - May 29, 2013

    FISHING REPORT,
    May 28
    Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.   
    Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 72 cfs. Trout fishing was good using Panther Martins, elk hair caddis, Cimarron specials, salmon eggs and worms. We had no reports from the Gravel Pit Lakes.