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Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas - For the love of books — about our state

    Oh my! I love it when a book finds me, in a somewhat circuitous route, I might add. In other words, Santa has a way of finding us, I’ve learned for the Nth time in my life.
    A big part of the fun of writing this column is delivering my typewritten columns to the Optic staff every week. I was surprised recently when the kids there told me I had a package or an envelope waiting for me. Oh, my again! The package contained a signed copy of “Las Vegas, New Mexico, Volume II” by Joseph Lordi, with a note tucked into the signed copy.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 28, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! SIGNIFICANT SETBACKS. Just as we were thinking the city was making some progress toward a long-term fix for its ongoing water problems, here comes word that (1) it’s going to take a lot more than the millions of dollars already expected to go into the city’s aging reservoirs and that (2) more than a quarter million dollars had to be dumped into repairing a single — but massive — water leak by the treatment plant north of town.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 28, 2012
  • Another Perspective - Future may be in business

    New Mexico’s economy is struggling to free itself from the grip of the Great Recession.
    Despite some signs of hope, it’s clear we have a long way to go, with the number of jobs in the state at 2004 levels and wages generally stagnant.
    Fortunately, there are several specific steps we can take — right now — that will have both immediate and long-term impacts.

  • Nuestra Historia - Kistler sold Optic, faded into obscurity

    For 20 years Russ Kistler ran his Optic with bravado and bluster, and by the time he sold the newspaper in about 1898, the Optic was a mainstay in Las Vegas. Yet there is no known photograph or likeness of Kistler, and little is known of his personal life, or his pursuits after he sold the Optic — but that may soon change.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 28, 2012

    The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette on GOP political contributions (Dec. 19) — Radical filmmaker Michael Moore says the wealthy 1 percent elite may rule America’s economy, “but they have only 1 percent of the vote.” Thus they can’t win elections through their numbers. So they must do it with their money — virtually all donated to Republican candidates.
    However, the 2012 national confrontation showed that billionaire cash isn’t enough to carry an election. Billions spent to sell the GOP ticket produced mostly losses.

  • Last games of the year
  • Stu Clark lineup loaded with talent

    Some holiday basketball tournaments are made to order affairs for the home teams, providing them with the easiest path possible to the finals.
    Not this one.
    If anything, the 59th edition of the Stu Clark Tournament brings to town a field of visiting teams that will undoubtedly strengthen Robertson and West Las Vegas — in terms of strength of schedule and just plain old December dues-paying — but will also make finals appearances hard to come by.

  • Sports 2012 - Year was painful for many

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer
    Good riddance, 2012.
    The year that almost was left us with a string of hideous story lines.
    From the ongoing repulsiveness of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State to Lance Armstrong being stripped of his Tour de France titles for injecting himself with everything but the kitchen sink.

  • Prep Roundup - Cardinal grapplers take on ‘Old Chicago’

    Richard “Rico” Montoya captured third place to lead Robertson’s effort in the Old Chicago wrestling tournament Dec. 21-22 in Greeley, Colo.

    Montoya’s record sustained the first blemish of the season in a 10-8 sudden-victory setback vs. A.J. Rees of Discovery Canyon (Colo.) during the 120-pound semifinals.