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Today's News

  • Los Ninos Elementary, Second Nine Weeks A and B Honor Roll

    A Honor Roll - Elijah Guzman.

    B Honor Roll - Brooklyn Barela, Isaac Urioste, Anjeliqur Martinez, Kaylana Montano, Alyssa Martinez, Alecandra Segura, Kaye Killian, Itzel Gonzales and Javis Sena.

  • Eastern Oregon University: Fall 2017 Dean’s List

    LA GRANDE, Ore. — At the close of fall term, 529 EOU students qualified for the dean’s list. These students maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher while completing at least 12 hours of graded coursework during the term.

    Sarah Hathcock of Las Vegas, N.M. earned this distinction.

  • Valmora’s New Year

    I will be the first to admit that for the first 12 or so years of my life I never understood why there was so much “hoopla” and celebration in other peoples’ lives on New Year’s Eve. I don’t remember ever even being awake at that supposedly magic hour called midnight.

    Sweet brother Bill and I grew up across the driveway from our hospital complex at Valmora.

  • Noticias, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@lasvegasoptic.com

    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m.  New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

  • Parents, we get it — it’s scary

    News about the extent of Michigan gymnastic coach’s abuse, during his recent trial and sentencing hearings, is undoubtedly going to fuel the already high level of vigilance many parents have toward social activities and which adults are engaging or communicating with their children.

    We get it. And, in most cases, parents will have very solid reasons for going perhaps much further in the direction of caution than most of us, including other parents, anticipated.

  • ‘Afterschool’ defined — then and now

    Remember after school when you jumped off the school bus and dashed into the house where your mother handed you a glass of milk and a homemade oatmeal raisin cookie?

    You gobbled up your snack before grabbing your bike or your baseball mitt. Then you headed outdoors to play with the neighbor kids until sundown when you slowly trudged home for supper and homework and, if you were lucky, half an hour of television.

  • Roughrider Report

    Following a report by the Higher Learning Commission which underscored a number of concerns with how the institution is being governed, the Board of Trustees has approved a significant number of policy revisions and adoptions over the past month. The majority of changes are aimed at enhancing the processes by which the faculty, staff and students contribute to the well-being and strength of the institution.

    At their Dec. 19 meeting, Trustees unanimously approved the by-laws and constitution for the newly recognized staff advisory senate.

  • Maybe, just maybe, it’s not your party

    If you are feeling down or depressed, do something kind for someone else. Don’t expect any return back and see what happens. In other words, if your life is not fulfilling, take the blessings you have been given (and you have plenty of them) and pay them forward for the benefit of others.

    There. I have shared today’s message in three sentences. One simple concept that, if heeded, can be life changing. It is the ultimate prescription for depression, make it not about you.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

  • Pecos, Mora look strong in district races

    The Pecos Panthers’ sprint toward another district championship in boys’ basketball took another couple of lengths down the track Thursday night.

    Pecos beat up Academy for Technology and the Classics 80-22 in Santa Fe, rising to 18-3 overall and 4-0 in District 3-3A.

    Coach Ira Harge’s team led 31-5 after the first eight minutes and 55-10 at halftime. ATC’s best quarter was the third, and it was 74-18 after that one.