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  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 7 , 2013
  • Evaluate teachers fairly

    There’s no question in our minds that the system used to evaluate teachers needs to change.

    Effective teachers have the power to change the course of a child’s life, and they deserve to be recognized for the great work they are doing. But there are also teachers who struggle in the classroom, and that, too, needs to be brought out in the evaluation process. A good evaluation system would flag those individuals who are struggling so that they can be given the opportunity to get additional training in hopes of turning them into effective teachers.

  • Work of Art — They fought the bypass

    It was in the early 1950s when then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower pushed through an act that created our Interstate Highway System.

    With any new construction there are fears — usually economic — that whatever project is being undertaken, things will change. Not convinced? Read out-of-town newspapers that frequently contain articles of this group, or that group opposing the construction of a new Wal-Mart.

  • Run ends in regional

    SANTA FE — One of the deepest runs ever made by a Little League team from the Meadow City has come to an end.

    The New Mexico All-Stars of the Juniors (age 13-14) softball division went 1-2, unofficially finishing third, in the Southwest Regional Championship tournament this past week in Santa Fe. The run came to an end with Monday’s 8-2 loss to Texas West at Bicentennial Park.

  • Cowboys picked third in RMAC

    Look for the New Mexico Highlands University football team to contend for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship this season.

    The Cowboys were projected as the No. 3 team in the 10-team league according to a preseason coaches’ poll released Monday by the RMAC’s Colorado Springs-based office.

  • Grizzlies shut out Isotopes

    Las Vegas Optic and
    Albuquerque Isotopes

    Matt Angle had the Fresno Grizzlies all figured out on Monday night.

    Unfortunately for Albuquerque, the same could not be said for his teammates.

    Fresno dealt the struggling Isotopes a 2-0 loss, dropping them further behind Oklahoma City in the Pacific Coast League’s American Southern Division.

    Angle, Albuquerque’s centerfielder, went 3 for 3 at the plate with one walk, thus reaching base all four at-bats — ideal for a leadoff hitter.

  • Football practice starts in LV

    For the first time this summer — officially, anyway — area high school football players took to the practice fields on Monday, launching the 2013 preseason.

    Monday was the first day allowed for prep football practice by the New Mexico Activities Association. Locally, squads at Robertson and West Las Vegas could be seen putting in workouts.

    Memorial Middle School announced the start of its football practices as well.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 7, 2013

    Wednesday
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division games, Bombers vs. Yo Momma, 6 p.m., Brew Crew vs. Hackers, 7:15 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

    Thursday
    Softball
    • Las Vegas Summer Softball League, men’s division game, Vegas Boyz vs. Hackers, 7:15 p.m.; women’s division games, Bud vs. Lady Jags, 6 p.m., Lady Hackers vs. Scrubs, 7:15 p.m., Scrubß vs. Bud (makeup game), 8:30 p.m.; all games at city softball complex, Grant Street

    Friday

  • Body found off I-25 near San Jose exit

    The body of an unidentified man was discovered in a ravine off Interstate 25 on Thursday, and state police are treating it as a suspicious death.

    State police weren’t releasing many details.

    Among the details they did release was that police were dispatched to the scene just before 4 p.m. on Thursday. The body was located off I-25 mile post 318, which is near the San Juan/San Jose exit.
    Passersby saw at least six police cars at the scene as officers secured what state police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez told the Optic Thursday evening was a crime scene.

  • Charette a great spot for anglers

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    High on a windblown mesa overlooking the plains of New Mexico lies an unexpected oasis where visitors can camp and fish from the banks of a deep lake still thriving despite the long-running drought.

    “Charette Lake still holds plenty of water and fish,” says Clint Henson of the Department of Game and Fish’s northeast area office in Raton.”And not a lot of people get up there too often.”