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Today's News

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... WALL-TO-WALL EVENTS. Never say there’s nothing to do in Las Vegas, or else we’ll have to pull out the calendar of events and prove you wrong. This weekend, for example, there’s a fishing derby on the Gallinas River, just off Bridge Street, for the benefit of our local Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and a Harvest Festival less than a mile to the east, at Sixth and University.

  • Letter: No war machines flying overhead

    Regarding the Air Force proposal to do low flying training missions over northern New Mexico: I am married to a war veteran.  PTSD is a daily reality in our home.  Any reminders of the traumas of war are very unwelcome.

    The sounds of the war machines set off the hypersensitive adrenal glands, rattle the frayed nerves, unleash the painful memories.

    How many veterans of how many wars seek solace in the quiet spaces of northern New Mexico?

  • Football galore in town

    West Las Vegas' football team finally plays a home game (if you count Perkins Stadium, anyway).

    Robertson renews pleasantries with an old rival.

    And the Highlands Cowboys open league play still searching for a breakthrough.

    It’s all on the schedule for this weekend, as the Meadow City’s three football programs take the field in a trio of home games.

  • Letter: Keep mosque out of ground zero

    People are people and we have friends from many cultures and religions but the Cordoba Mosque seems like more of a political statement than just “freedom of religion.” In 711 AD, Islam conquered Spain and in the city of Cordoba, as a statement, razed the Christian church there and erected their mosque. There are many examples of this happening in their conquests. Now, after 9/11, they want to erect the “Cordoba” mosque at ground zero in spite of the governor of New York offering land elsewhere.

  • Commentary: Keeping It Simple

    I want to thank those Optic readers who contacted me about my last article (“Saving things for just in case”) and shared their own saving oddities with me.

    Comedian Ellen DeGeneres likes to poke fun at common day occurrences such as the difficulty in opening a well packaged new CD, or wrestling with a toilet paper dispenser while sitting in a commode at a public bathroom. This article is sorta like what Ellen does, but the focus is on the tendency we human beings have toward trying to outdo each other in almost everything.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    I would like to thank the merchants and persons from Las Vegas that made our Feast Day at Our Lady of Sorrows Church a great success.

    I would like to thank every one who purchased raffle and dinner tickets from me. Thanks to the merchants that were so generous in donating certificates that were used for door prizes, that were given out at the Parish Hall.

  • Fiesta Council blasts ex-queen

    Fiesta Council members said Tuesday they wanted to move forward. But they spent a good portion of their monthly meeting talking about the 2009 Fiesta queen.

     At one point, a member said city officials were raking the Fiesta Council “over the coals.”

    Two months ago, the council halved queen Carmela Montoya’s $500 scholarship, saying she didn’t attend required events, which she sharply disputed. At this week’s meeting, council President Mathew Martinez placed the scholarship back on the agenda.

  • A few losses among top prep football teams

    A look at how the state’s top-ranked prep football teams fared this past weekend, followed by a ranking of volleyball teams (as documented by the New Mexico Overtime Sports Center Web site):

    Class 5A

    1. La Cueva beat Clovis 41-21

    2. Las Cruces beat Volcano Vista 51-14

    3. Eldorado Beat Rio Rancho 39-0

    4. Mayfield beat Carlsbad 42-21

    5. Manzano beat Artesia 42-38

    6. Cleveland beat Oñate 40-14

    7. Clovis lost to La Cueva 41-21

    8. Sandia lost to Sandia 41-10

    9. Hobbs beat Roswell 41-31

  • A salute

    Newly named in honor of the late local sportscaster, the Bernie Allingham Pressbox was formally introduced to the public during Robertson’s homecoming ceremonies this past Friday at Cardinal Stadium. Las Vegas City Schools board members recognized the Allingham family, including Bernie’s widow, Helen; his children and grandchildren. Bernie Allingham worked for more than 30 years as a play-by-play sports announcer at Las Vegas’ KFUN-KLVF, broadcasting hundreds of football and basketball games involving local teams.

  • It's a person's purrogative

    Readers of this column may recall treatises on single words and short phrases. Over the years, I’ve tackled individual words like “so” and its myriad meanings; “myriad,” “like,” “ya know” and “sorry.” More recently, there was a bilingual plunge into the words “tú” and “usted.”