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Today's News

  • Noticias - Feb. 17, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • Free 2012 Tax Returns – federal and state — will be prepared for low- and middle-income taxpayers by Certified AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers. No complicated filings. Do not have to be retired or an AARP member to receive services. Seven days and evenings are scheduled at NM Highlands University, 903 Baca St. (at 9th Street) between Feb. 14 and April 14. Call for an appointment at 505-425-6261 or 479-466-5161.  

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM. While the turnout at Monday night forum wasn’t so impressive (there were about 50 in the audience) the candidates themselves made the evening interesting and enlightening. And with 100 percent attendance from the eight candidates seeking to replace Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore on the Las Vegas City Council, they all had their say.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 17, 2012
  • Another Perspective - Mora County Courthouse

    By Thomas M. Sanchez

    The Mora County Commission held two public meetings in recent months to hear public input on steps to move forward with the Mora County Complex.

    Last December, local residents participated in an open public meeting to express concerns about the project as well as suggestions for taking steps to complete the project. Additionally, during a commission meeting in late January, residents had another opportunity to provide input on a request for funding for the Mora County Complex for submission to the New Mexico State Legislature.

  • Nuestra Historia - The handshake that doomed statehood

    After New Mexico became a Territory in 1850, statehood was not seriously considered by Congress for another quarter century. Then, on a fateful day in 1875, an assenting handshake proved disastrous, and delayed admission for yet another 35 years.

    During its 62 years as a Territory, New Mexico sent 18 delegates to Congress, equally divided between Hispanics and Anglos. They included seven Democrats and 11 Republicans.

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation

    The New York Post on teacher evaluations in New York state (Feb. 12) — It will be 30 days on Thursday since Gov. Cuomo warned that he would draft his own system to root out bad teachers if the state Education Department and teachers unions didn’t make a deal on substantive reform within a month.

    To demonstrate his seriousness, he said he would make it part of his budget legislation — tying serious teacher-evaluation standards to increased state aid.

  • RHS girls hold on, beat WLV

    Jamie’s got a gun.

    Whether banking perimeter shots off the window or slicing to the rim for layups, Jamie Allen shot with precision and led by example in Robertson’s 53-49 victory over West Las Vegas on Tuesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Allen scored 15 of her game-high 18 points in the first half, including nine in the opening quarter as the Lady Cardinals closed in on a District 2-3A regular season championship.

    The district tournaments for prep hoop teams across the state get under way early next week.

  • On to State

    St. Michael’s is the heavy favorite to win a second state wrestling championship in three years this coming weekend.

    A Valencia County News-Bulletin statewide wrestling coaches poll tabbed the Horsemen No. 1 in Class 1A-3A, and the Santa Fe school garnered 12 first-place votes.

    The only other first-place ballot went to Robertson, which was picked second just ahead of defending champ Silver. Cobre and West Las Vegas rounded out the top five in the poll. RHS lost to Silver 218.5 to 217 last year.

  • Lady Cards take district

    Robertson’s girls basketball team has wrapped up a regular-season district championship. Several other area teams look to do the same in the days ahead.

    Mora Rangers

    Mora’s boys (22-3 overall) defeated Monte del Sol 90-71 on Wednesday, improving to 6-1 in District 2-2A with one game — against Peñasco Saturday night at Montoya Gym — left to play. A win in that game would give the Rangers and head coach James Branch the regular-season district title.

  • RHS juniors camp next week

    The Robertson High School wrestling team and coaching staff will sponsor the Junior Cardinal Classic this coming week, Feb. 20- 25 on the Robertson campus.

    Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible to participate.

    Camp cost is $25 ($15 for second child from same family) and includes a T-shirt and tournament entry with medal.

    Schedule is as follows.

    Monday: Registration from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at McFarland Hall. Wrestlers will not practice on this day but will be weighed for grouping so they should be present.