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Today's News

  • Academy Winds concert at Ilfeld Tuesday evening

    Submitted to the Optic

    The United States Air Force Academy Band’s Academy Winds will have a performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The stop is part of the groups week-long tour of New Mexico.

    The tour will be to perform free public concerts, work with college and high school students, and talk about education opportunities at the Air Force Academy as well as careers in the Air Force.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 14, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Students at Sierra Vista Elementary, Legion Park Elementary, Los Niños Elementary, Early Childhood Center, Mike Mateo Sena Elementary and Memorial Middle School may be eligible to receive free tutoring under Title 1 Supplemental Educational Services part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The goals of this program are to help students succeed in school and do well on the upcoming state test, NMSBA. For more information, call the Las Vegas City Schools Bilingual/ Federal Programs office at 454-5700 ext. 111. Registration will close on Monday, Nov. 14.

  • Tim Dodge’s evaluation

    We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen a performance evaluation process with more twists and turns than the one conducted recently for Las Vegas City Manager Tim Dodge. On one end of the spectrum, we have a mayor who saw no wrong in Dodge’s performance, while on the other end, one city councilor raised some valid concerns — but only in the press, after the evaluation process itself.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 14, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: The blame game

    “Some folks hate the whites who hate the blacks who hate the klan; most of us hate anything we don’t understand.”

    — from Kris Kristofferson’s 1972 song “Jesus Was A Capricorn”

    On the far right, the Tea Party has tapped a vein of discontentment by blaming the government for all our problems. And on the far left, the Occupy Wall Street forces have laid the blame at the feet of the big corporations and their greed.

  • Redbirds trample Portales

    Robertson High football was a fixture in the Class 3A state playoffs through much of the 2000s, owing its sustained success largely to an exploitative defense and a run-happy approach that more often than not left defenders gasping for air by game’s end.

    Those same traits were again evident Saturday as the Cardinals eliminated Portales in the first round of state, 31-7. The Redbirds move on to the quarterfinals and a trip to No. 2 seed Silver this coming weekend.

  • Early exits for WLV, Mora

    RIO RANCHO — One and done, both West Las Vegas and Mora were eliminated in the first round of the state volleyball tournaments on Thursday night.

    West Las Vegas shook off the bad vibes from pool play to win its opening set against Hatch Valley 25-17. But the Bears rebounded with a commanding 25-13 win in game two, and they held on for close verdicts in games three and four, 25-19 and 25-21.

  • Unlucky 7th for Cowboys

    Saturday’s regular-season finale between host New Mexico Highlands and Fort Lewis was a thing of beauty — if low-scoring, defensive football is your thing. And if you happen to favor the underdog in a matchup of underdogs.

    Fort Lewis overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit by scoring the game’s lone touchdown in the third quarter and held on for a 6-3 verdict before an announced crowd of 573 at Perkins Stadium.

  • Cowgirls ousted from tourney

    The New Mexico Highlands volleyball team finished out its most successful season since 2005 with a loss to Western New Mexico University in the first round of the RMAC Playoffs this past week.

    The Cowgirls fell in three (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) to the RMAC West leader, who advanced to take on Metro State.

    Highlands was led by Ashley Nugent who compiled 11 kills on 24 attempts, hitting .375. Sheila Olaechea had 18 digs and an ace.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 14, 2011

    MONDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    TUESDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    WEDNESDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    THURSDAY
    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Midwestern State, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    SATURDAY
    Basketball