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Today's News

  • Noticias - Sept. 26, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering counseling services to the community this semester. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Unifying efforts

    Movers and shakers in Las Vegas and San Miguel County have known for years that one of the biggest obstacles to progress has been the community’s divisions. Las Vegas is known for pulling itself apart rather than putting itself together for a common purpose.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 26, 2012
  • Work of Art - And the list goes on

    An entry in Facebook caught my attention only yesterday. One of the “friends” (members) on the social network listed words that ought to be avoided in academic writing: “interesting,” “basically,” “got,” “firstly, secondly . . .” and “etc.”

    But before we parse away, let’s explain the idea of social networks like Facebook, where “friend” has become a verb, as in “I’d like to friend you, my dear.”

  • Monday Night meltdown?

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    NEW YORK — The furor over the work of replacement officials reached a fevered pitch during Week 3 in the NFL, especially Monday night when Seattle beat Green Bay on a desperation pass that many thought was an interception.

    Seahawks receiver Golden Tate was awarded a touchdown on the final play after a scrum on the ground in the end zone. Packers safety M.D. Jennings appeared to catch the ball against his body, with Tate getting his arm around the ball.

  • Vatos’ Greene speaks out on fatal crash

    As fundraising efforts continue to help the victims of the Sept. 15 rollover accident that claimed the life of a member of the Vatos rugby club, the club’s founding coach and faculty adviser issued a public statement on the crash and its fallout.

    Alani Tuineau, 51, died in the crash, which occurred  on I-25 near Santa Fe as they and other teammates were returning to Las Vegas from a day of rugby.

    Dick Greene, a longtime New Mexico Highlands engineering professor who founded the Vatos in 1992, provided the Optic with his remarks:

  • RMAC honors Lewis, Holmes

    After leading each side of the ball for the Cowboys against the nationally No. 18 ranked Orediggers of the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, both Emmanuel Lewis and DiAmaal Holmes have been named the RMAC/Rawlings Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.

    Lewis earned this honor after an impressive day at the helm of the Cowboys’ offensive unit. Lewis completed 25 of 45 passes for 434 yards and four touchdowns on the day. Lewis is currently ranked second in the RMAC in passing with a 363.7 yards per game average.

  • NFL youth football contest on Sunday

    Las Vegas Flag Football League is hosting an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition for area youngsters this Sunday at Hanna Park.

    The contest, which is free and open to boys and girls from age 6 to 15, will begin at 9 a.m. at the park, which is located off Legion Drive.

    Age groups will be 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15.

    Players will compete in each of various skills categories, with winners advancing to the sectional round.

    Sectionals are scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.

  • Another record falls - Mora’s Chavez triumphs in Pecos

    Alonzo Chavez shattered a course record for the second week in a row, this time dipping below the 16-minute mark for an individual victory in the boys’ varsity race of the Ron Valdez Sr. Memorial Invitational cross country meet Saturday in Pecos.

    The Mora standout finished in 15:51 — a minute and 14 seconds faster than runner-up P.J. C de Baca of the hometown Panthers (17:05).

  • West boys 7th amid crowded Manzano field

    Moises Coca ran 15th to lead the West Las Vegas boys’ cross country team to a respectable seventh in a solid field of runners at Albuquerque Manzano this past Saturday.

    The West varsity lineups for both boys’ and girls’ races had a different look this week than last, when the teams competed in Jemez Valley.

    Cecilia Gutierrez again set the pace for the Lady Dons, running 22nd with a time of 23:34. Her closest teammate was Genevieve Atencio (29th, 24:23). Atencio returned after missing the Jemez meet.