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Today's News

  • Middle school dance tonight at rec center

    Sixth- and seventh- grade students may soon be dancing the evening away. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today (Friday) the Abe Montoya Recreation Center will hold a dance for the middle school students.

    “We are trying to do something for sixth and seventh grade students,” Lucas Griego said.
    Griego, a youth coordinator at the local center, said local DJ, J&J will provide the music for the three-hour dance. Jeanette Nolan also donated her time to the teen dance held earlier this month.

  • VA to host health fair Tuesday at local clinic

    Submitted to the Optic

    Area veterans are invited to attend a special health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the VA Clinic located at 624 University Ave.

    Veterans and their family members will have an opportunity to learn about many VA programs during the fair, including nine Healthy Living Messages.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 17, 2013

    THUMBS UP! Such a rich life
    Many people go through life with only a passing acquaintance with their great-great grandchildren, five generations away from their ancestor. But in the case of Juan Andres Madrid, who died only recently, there is one more generation: He is survived by 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-great grandchildren. That’s a great legacy.

    THUMBS DOWN! That lingual controversy

  • Nuestra Historia: Optic has seen 10 owners since 1879

    In its 134-year history, the Optic has changed ownership 10 times, though three of those owners held the newspaper for less than two years. After Hub Kane died of a sudden heart attack in 1947, the Optic was run by a board of trustees headed by attorney Louis C. Ilfeld (Charles Ilfeld’s son), and included Kane’s widow, Helen Kelly Kane. The trustees and Mrs. Kane ran the paper for a brief period, but less than a year after Hub Kane’s death, the Optic was sold to Orville E. Priestly.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Impacts on emergency response, roads

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The articles 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

  • Double trouble - Mora’s Chavez brothers to reunite at NMHU

    MORA — When New Mexico Highlands University cross country coach Bob DeVries embarked on a mission to bring Mora standout Alonzo Chavez to the fold, he had help from probably the best recruiter available — Alonzo’s older brother Henrique.

    Henrique Chavez, himself a former state champion distance runner for the Mora Rangers, will be a senior at NMHU this coming fall. He’s emerged over the last couple years as a leader on the Highlands men’s team.

  • NMHU track on honor roll

    Four New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team members have earned recognition on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s all-academic teams.

  • Robbers debut in Roswell

    Las Vegas Train Robbers baseball began its inaugural season with an 8-2 loss Tuesday night in Roswell.
    The Invaders broke a short-lived 2-2 deadlock with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and added an insurance score in the seventh.
    Las Vegas starting pitcher Edison Alvarez was solid enough, going five and one-third innings and striking out six. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits and a walk.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 17, 2013

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Roswell, 7 p.m., Roswell
    • Class 2A state tournament final, noon, Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Class 3A state tournament semifinals, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Cleveland High, Rio Rancho
    • La Plaza Little League game (see schedule on Page B3 for all upcoming Little League games)
    • Las Vegas Little League games
    Softball
    • Class 2A state tournament final, 2 p.m., UNM Field, Albuquerque
    Tee-ball
    • Las Vegas Little League games

  • East to end year in black

    Las Vegas City Schools has had a run of good luck in recent weeks.  

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said that in late April she received a letter that helped solve the district’s budget woes. The letter informed the district it had been approved for E-rate funding since last July.

    The approved funding is for roughly $300,000 and will help eliminate the district’s shortfall for this fiscal year, which ends June 30.