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Today's News

  • Pivotal moment

    So here we are, in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s assassination. It’s a historic moment of great consequence — not for the “closure” it brings to the families of those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, but for the pivot in our war against terrorism. To have killed the mastermind of the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil — a death that came 10 years later, after a search that led us into two wars — means that we are at a turning point. Which way we’ll turn, however, or even if we’ll turn, remains an open question.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 4, 2011
  • Work of Art: Show us your hairline, Trump

    Birther. It must be awful to be identified by only one term: birther.

    By definition, a birther ought to be 1) someone who creates birth, 2) someone who bears a child, 3) someone like a midwife who catches babies, 4) a bad speller who offers choice sleeping accommodations to another on a Pullman train, or 5) the male child of another bad-spelling mom who expected a girl, whom she would have named Bertha.

  • Lady Card golfers rule district

    Jayme Quintana torched the Tucumcari Golf Course with an individual score of 79 on Monday, capturing an individual district championship and leading the Robertson Lady Cardinals to a girls’ team title.

    As a squad, Robertson’s top four girls combined for a 348, well within the 414 needed to make the cut for state.

    State championship is Monday and Tuesday at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

    “We played well,” said RHS head golf coach Gene Gurule. “We had a lot of wind in Tucumcari, but we did okay.”

  • State tennis tournament ahead

    The reward for a girls’ season that was every bit as good as expected and a boys’ campaign that surprised a few fans? Several high seeds in the state tennis tournaments for Robertson and head coach Juan Carlos Fulgenzi.

    The tourneys begin Wednesday in Albuquerque, and because of how Sunday’s seeding materialized, Robertson has a chance to place multiple finalists in boys’ and girls’ singles and girls’ doubles.

  • Cards, Dons, Panthers make cut

    Three area baseball teams are headed to the state tournament, which begins this week.
    In Class 3A baseball, Robertson and West Las Vegas will join District 2-3A champion Raton in the state tournament, which begins this weekend at campus sites of the top eight seeds.

    One of that top eight, Robertson, is the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Socorro in a best-of-three series this weekend at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field. The Warriors are 13-13 overall.

  • Cowboys get one at UNK

    Submitted to the Optic

    KEARNEY, Neb. — Junior lefty Edgar Vela threw a strong six and two-thirds innings and the New Mexico Highlands baseball team had 16 hits to salvage the last game of this past weekend’s series with Nebraska-Kearney, 7-1, Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.

    With the win, the Cowboys improve to 20-24 (14-21 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) while the Lopers (30-13, 25-9 RMAC) see a four-game win streak come to an end.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports May 4, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, 5 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado Christian (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games, 5 p.m., Keyes Park

  • Crews tackle Dalton property

    Residents who live near Bob Dalton’s house are breathing a sigh of relief after city workers went onto the property Thursday and cleared out five to six dump trucks of trash and other debris from the yard.

    Neighbors watched as crews hauled out buckets, boxes of wood, raggedy chairs and other trash and debris from the house located across the street from Robertson High School. Neighbors have complained about the mice that the property has been attracting for years.

  • East teachers upset about likely changes

    A tentative reorganization plan pitched by Las Vegas City Schools interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez has teachers at one thriving elementary school and at least one high ranking administrator crying foul.

    Besides requiring all current administrators to reapply for their positions, McNellis-Martinez has also hinted that teachers may be shuffled to different schools.

    McNellis-Martinez did not respond to calls from the Optic last week seeking an interview on the reorganization plan.