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Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! GETTING IT DONE. The city is clearly getting serious about its efforts to clean up blighted areas of town. A couple of weeks ago, crews began the task of hauling away about 150 vehicles, owned by Tony Ortega, near Interstate 25, and last week they took on Bob Dalton’s property across from Robertson High School, hauling off about a half dozen dump truck loads of trash and other debris.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Run-on sitting

    All my life, April has symbolized for me a “hunker down, tie up loose ends, add another year to your age” month. This year, it turned out to be an inflated caricature of all that.

    Years ago, as a developmental studies and education instructor at NMHU, I tried to impress upon my students the need to practice sensible time management. Plan ahead, budget your time, set goals, determine priorities and work toward meeting them incrementally, allowing for potentially unforeseen obstacles. This month, I found myself subjected to my own preaching.

  • Nuestra Historia - Benigno, father of the State Hospital

    Created by territorial law in 1889, the New Mexico State Hospital opened its doors in May 1893, and since that time has been the mainstay of the Las Vegas economy.  

    In recent history,  the number of employees at the hospital has hovered  around 1,000, and few in this area have not had one or more family members employed at the hospital. Needless to say, the area economy may not have survived through the years without the State Hospital.

  • Orgullo del Norte - Unsung heroes of World War II

    “We wanted to make a difference. We wanted to let the country know we weren’t second-class citizens.”
    — Clarence Graham

    Spain was an ally to the newly formed United States of America. Every man of the Spanish colonies in the Americas (Spanish and Indian) was asked to pay a $2 war tax to support the American Revolution. In addition to money, the Spanish sent its military. The Spanish navy kept the British out of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. This critical move cut off all reinforcements to Cornwallis at Yorktown in October 1781.

  • Cowgirl track ranked 10th

    For the first time in the program’s history, the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team is ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

    The latest NCAA Division II poll, out April 26, has the Cowgirls rated 10th.

    It’s a notable accolade, says NMHU head coach Bob DeVries, as the team gears up for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor championships this weekend on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden, Colo.

  • Derby field set

    By Beth Harris
    The Associated Press

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A total of 22 horses have been entered for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, two more than the maximum allowed field of 20.

    The entry box closed Wednesday morning, with the draw to determine post positions set for later in the afternoon. The field is limited to the top 20 horses based on earnings in graded stakes races.

  • The finish line
  • Frankie to meet Johnny again

    After plenty of anticipation and more than a year of delays, the third fight between former world champion Johnny Tapia and Las Vegas’ own Frankie Archuleta is finally a go — we think.

    Tapia-Archuleta III is set as the 10-round main event of a June 4 boxing card at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque.

    Tickets range from $25 to $200 and are available via the casino’s box office and online.

  • Little League - May 6, 2011

    The following are scores reported to the Optic by local Little Leagues as of press time.

    THURSDAY, APRIL 28
    La Plaza Majors: Cubs 14, Angels 7
    La Plaza Minors: Angels 4, Marlins 3
    LVLL Minors: D-Backs 13, Cubs 7; Cardinals 12, Mariners 6; Padres 11, Dodgers 5; Rockies 8, Red Sox 7

    FRIDAY, APRIL 29
    La Plaza Majors: A’s 10, Rockies 0

  • State tennis opens

    Robertson opened the state tennis tournaments Wednesday in Albuquerque with victories in boys’ doubles (Nick Newman and Henry Robertson) and girls’ doubles (Elise Almendarez and Gia LaFerriere).

    Individual brackets wrap up Friday; team play concludes Saturday.