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Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Proud member of the lost and found club

    Us old farmers and ranchers never slow down, particularly when the “do you remember” topic comes up. Yes, this causes some of us to remember and record just one more story as we put pencil to paper.

    My down-the- road neighbors invited me in for a cup of hot mint tea (refreshing) and of course old time stories came up. Their horses were probably listening to us as they grazed just outside their picture windows.

  • Businessman pleads guilty

    A Las Vegas business owner faces at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and firearms charges.

    Alex Lawrence Romero, 31, of the 500 block of Hermosa Lane,  had been accused of using his Grand Avenue business as a front to sell narcotics.

    Romero entered the plea on Jan. 14, according to a news release jointly issued by Las Vegas Police Interim Chief Christian Montaño and District Attorney Richard Flores.

  • Mentor of the Month: Building better bodies

    Never one to shy away from a big challenge, Edmund Ekeoha of Las Vegas — a prime example of what he’s hoping to accomplish — has begun a venture to improve people’s appearance, but more importantly, to improve their health.

    “Age doesn’t matter. I like to work with different people looking to getting in shape,” he said.

  • Screening committee appointed

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has taken another step toward hiring a new superintendent — by selecting people to assist in the search.

    They also released a list of those who have applied for the position. Many are familiar to Las Vegas residents, some are not.      

  • Las Vegas’ Fiestas committee taking shape

    The city is still seeking volunteers to help put together this year’s summertime fiestas, with a first round of appointments to be made at this week’s council meeting.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is expected to name several people who have volunteered to help organize the fiestas to specific committees. The event was taken over by the city in October after a number of controversies involving the nonprofit Las Vegas Fiesta Council.

  • Cowboy sluggers 38th in poll

    By Gavino Archuleta
    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboy baseball program has started out the season ranked 38th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspapers NCAA Division II preseason poll.

    The Cowboys finished the 2010 season with a 41-13 record and a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record of 25-6 en route to the RMAC regular season championship as well as the RMAC tournament championship.

  • Vegas wrestlers invade Trinidad

    Three Robertson wrestlers won individual titles to lead the Cardinals to a runner-up team finish in Saturday’s Trinidad (Colo.) Open.

    Johnathan Lucero (140 lbs.), Daniel Martinez (160) and Joseph Crespin (215) all went 3-0 as the Cards trailed only La Junta, rated as Colorado’s No. 1 Class 3A team.

    Martinez pinned all three opponents to stay unbeaten at 23-0.

  • HU hoops
  • Your choices

    It’s clear that there’s considerable interest in this year’s school board elections — the turnout at last week’s forums demonstrated that. And for those who are still pondering whom to vote for, the Optic is producing an election guide, to be inserted in Friday’s paper, that’s packed with viewpoints and opinions from all 17 candidates running in the Las Vegas elections. Read their responses to our questions and you’ll have an even better idea where each candidate stands.

  • Work of Art: A picnic? You mean today?

    By Art Trujillo

    After having struck out on my own — trying to survive by publishing my own weekly newspaper in suburban Chicago, I returned to the Meadow City, in 1964.

    My smartest decision: re-enroll at Highlands University, the institution I had left five years earlier, following grades less than many-splendored. Pell Grants and lottery scholarships hadn’t been invented yet, so most students took a part-time job.