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Today's News

  • Tree project to begin Monday

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Monday, city of Las Vegas crews and a tree services contractor will begin work to improve the safety and beauty of five city parks. Several Siberian (Chinese) Elms will be removed from Plaza Park, Carnegie Library Park, Lincoln Park and one in South Pacific Park.

  • Annual College Night next week

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College will sponsor the 13th annual College Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.    

  • Sweet Tastes
  • Que Pasa - Feb. 24, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Looking to show off your talent? You can sing, dance, or play an instrument at the 18th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad on Friday, March 9 in Ilfeld Auditorium. Call Sara Harris at 454-0438. Deadline Friday, Feb. 24.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! INFORMATIVE FORUM. Water, the chamber contract, the city’s plan for a gateway into town, and much, much more were fodder for discussion at Monday’s mayoral candidate forum held at Memorial Middle School by the Optic. About 75 people attended the event and got to see all eight candidates addressing the issues, sometimes with rock-solid reasoning, other times with a fair amount of passion.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 24, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - The mean season begins for New Mexico

    Referring to New Mexico’s ancient capital, a Congressional committee reported in 1888 that Santa Fe “is wretchedly built and the inhabitants, with the exception of a few Americans residing in the place, are ignorant and degraded, and the place bears an evil reputation as one of the most miserable towns on the globe.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation

    The Dallas Morning News on U.S.-Mexico border entry (Feb. 19) — The legal, and vital, movement of people across the U.S.-Mexico border is seldom in the public consciousness. The national discourse is so dominated by illegal entries that we end up defining migration by an illicit act that is, statistically speaking, a gross aberration. The overwhelming number of people who enter from Mexico do so legally in a routine that stands out for its astonishing numbers.

  • RMAC meet time for wrestling, track

    It’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship time this weekend for a couple of New Mexico Highlands teams.

    NMHU’s wrestling team competes in the RMAC tournaments, which double as the NCAA Division II Western Regionals, on Saturday and Sunday in Hays, Kans., on the campus of Fort Hays State University.

    Coach Doug Moses will try to guide each of his Cowboys into the top four of their weight classes; top four at regionals advance to the national meet March 9-10 in Pueblo, Colo.

  • Cards KO Raton

    Ryan Tafoya scored.

    Ryan Tafoya blocked a shot.

    Ryan Tafoya grabbed the rebound.

    Ryan Tafoya got the ball back on the other end of the court and put it in the hoop for two more points.

    It was that kind of night for Tafoya and the Robertson Cardinals, who steamrolled visiting Raton 75-40 Wednesday in the semifinal game of the District 2-3A boys’ basketball tournament.