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Today's News

  • Noticias - Sept. 13, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering free counseling services to the community this semester. The counseling is provided by graduate students in the final phase of their training in the profession of counseling. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by a training professor of the program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointments, call 454-3564.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 13, 2013

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • SolanoFest IX, Saturday, Sept. 14 at Solano School Gymnasium in Harding County, Dutch Oven Cook-Off from noon to 3 p.m., arts and crafts booths open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dance to the music of Will Bannister and the Mulberry Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information about the Dutch Oven Cook-Off, call 575-673-2326.

    MONDAY LUNES

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 13, 2013

    THUMBS UP! TIRES FINALLY REMOVED
    We commend State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and his staff for the job they did in ensuring that a massive tire dump 10 miles southeast of Wagon Mound was cleaned up. The tires were dumped into an arroyo on state trust lands, posing a major environmental hazard. The State Land Office and New Mexico Environment Department went after the entities responsible, forcing them to clean up the mess at their own expense. They also paid a $30,000 fine.

    THUMBS DOWN! REPEAT DRUNK DRIVERS

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 13, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Old Town became children’s playground

    Not yet 10-years old, the writer and childhood friend David Escudero waited anxiously as the workmen called it a day, then set out to explore the immense playground which had appeared almost overnight on the streets and alleyways of Old Town. Mounds of earth, sand and gravel, bar ditches and trenches and manholes, excavations, large and small, and heavy equipment of every size and purpose, became our paradise — to explore until the sun set and we grudgingly heeded the beckoning calls from home.

  • Editorial Roundup: Newspaper opinions from around the nation - Sept. 13, 2013

    The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., on the invisible department (Sept. 9):
    Introducing the State Department’s budget request earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry quoted Vice President Joe Biden as saying, “Don’t tell me what you value — show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”

  • Tough luck Tuesday

    Kayla Romero sliced 17 kills past the West Las Vegas defense Tuesday night, leading Class 4A Española Valley over the Lady Dons (3-1) at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The visiting Lady Sundevils won in four games, only falling in the second set of the night.

    Game scores were 25-16, 20-25, 25-19 and 25-17 in favor of Española.

    Errors by the Lady Dons led to an 0-4 start in game one, and they got no closer than three points the rest of the set.

  • Champion Lions to test Redbirds

    Last weekend’s gridiron results have made Friday night’s Robertson-Santa Rosa football clash even more interesting.

    Robertson (1-1) found its groove with a 27-19 upset of perennial Class 3A power Lovington last Friday at Cardinal Stadium.

    Then on Saturday, Santa Rosa (2-0) doubled up Albuquerque Academy 54-27 in a major road victory for the Class 2A state champion Lions. Academy had edged Trinidad (Colo.), ordinarily a competitive bunch that generally battles Raton close, 26-25 in week one.

  • Youth Soccer - Sept. 13, 2013

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League has kicked off its fall 2013 slate, which will run through Oct. 27.
    Approximately 300 youngsters age 4-12 are competing in 28 teams split among four age divisions. The LVYSL is run by volunteers, including a board led by presidents Shelby and Rachel Curtis.
    This year the league is carrying a World Cup theme, with teams named for various countries. The FIFA men’s World Cup takes place in 2014.
    The following are this coming weekend’s scheduled matches:

    U6 DIVISION

  • Lady Cards pitch shutout vs. Moreno

    Back in the hunt for a state scoring title, Caitlin Diefendorf booted four goals on Monday evening to lead the Robertson girls’ soccer team (5-3) past visiting Moreno Valley, 8-0.

    The Beasties roared to a 6-0 halftime lead. Then, playing a number of younger members of the roster, RHS head coach Ian Williamson got a couple of second-half goals from his charges.