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Today's News

  • Wagon Mound’s Romero: Old-school hoops icon

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a series of articles written on old-school athletics by Luna Community College sports performance instructor Henry Sanchez.

    By Henry Sanchez
    Special to the Optic

    It is important to know and remember our past because it reflects where we have been, where we are today and where we are going.

  • Mora County Notebook: Many things have changed in the Mora Valley

    Mora Valley has held onto the old but still has had changes. Strangers may not realize that there have been changes as this beautiful valley still holds onto the historic past but change have had to take place in the last 60 years. Those who were here at that time and before can see the changes that have taken place.

    The beautiful mountains are never changing and the beautiful people are the same as always. They have a love of their home and family and love for their neighbor as in the old days. New people come and find this is a good place to be.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Another Aunt Elvira adventure

    Oh, no! Here I go again —  yet another story about my Aunt Elvira. I must admit it has taken me quite a while (decades to those who might count) to appreciate her and her interest in my welfare.

    My father’s youngest sister was prodded, pushed to get an education. I was just a teenager when she was awarded her Ph.D. in education, with a degree in Greek, no less. She began a teaching job at Wisconsin University, with a branch in Superior.

  • Highlands enrollment flat

    New Mexico Highlands University experienced a slight drop in enrollment on its main campus this spring while enrollment at Luna Community College went up a little, according to census day enrollment figures released by the schools.

    Highlands’ main campus had 2,194 students as of Feb. 4, its census date. That’s a loss of 13 students for the spring semester currently under way compared to spring 2010.

  • West students to compete in D.C.

    A little-known after-school club at West Middle School called Business Professionals of America burst onto the scene five years ago, and its participants have since won state and national attention at competitions in Albuquerque and New York City.

    This year, 30 West Middle School students brought home state titles, and they’re now gearing up to compete at the national level. West High School is sending 10 state champions to nationals. Valley Middle School, which just started its chapter this year, is sending five students.

  • Senate panel passes capital projects bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers are proposing to finance $240 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, including $15 million for projects needed for Native American water rights settlements.

    The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

  • $809,000 sidewalk project under way

    Anyone who has driven down Seventh Street between Mills Avenue and Lee Drive recently knows that the frustrating orange cones have made their return to Las Vegas.
    Crews are working on an $809,000 curb and sidewalk project.

    The project, which started about a week and a half ago, is expected to  be completed by late April or early May, said Kenny Lujan, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation’s District 4 office.

    Lujan is cautioning motorists to drive carefully in the area.

  • LV man jailed for weekend stabbing

    Las Vegas police arrested a 49-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed someone Saturday night.

    Jerry Cordova, of the 1300 block of Keen Street, has been charged with aggravated battery and tampering with evidence. Magistrate Philip Romero set his bond at $10,000 cash.

    According to a statement of probable cause filed Monday in Magistrate Court, the victim, Leroy Vigil, walked into the Las Vegas Police Department at about 10 p.m. Saturday and reported that he had been stabbed on the left side of his stomach.

  • Hitting the nail on the head

    Katie Houdek, a sophomore at Robertson High School, had a great idea for her confirmation class service project. Last week she hosted a “Heroes Welcome Lunch” for Las Vegas police officers, firefighters and support personnel as a way to express appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our community.

    “Police and firemen do a lot for us,” she said, “and they don’t get paid very much.”

  • Work of Art: Can we recover that lost hour?

    Did anyone show up an hour late for church on Sunday? There seems to be a correlation between the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and the number of excuses people conjure up for being an hour late.