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Today's News

  • Sandy Hook kids face first classes

    By Dave Collins
    The Associated Press

    MONROE, Conn. — The youngsters who survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary returned to class Thursday for the first time since the shooting rampage, settling in at their old, familiar desks but in a different school in a different town.

    Classes resumed for the first time since last month’s shooting in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

  • In Brief - Education - Jan. 4, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Museum to keep doors open
    SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has announced it raised enough money to keep its doors open.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the museum said in September it would have to shut down due to budget shortfalls unless it could raise about $200,000 by year’s end.
    As 2012 came to a close, the museum announced it had raised about $220,000, with more donations still flowing in.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 4, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! RIDICULOUS GOVERNING. Last year there was the debt ceiling, approved in the 11th hour in a way to create a “fiscal cliff” for Jan. 1, 2013. Then came the fiscal cliff itself, and Congress dodged it in the 13th hour — actually taking the cushion of a federal holiday (New Year’s Day) to approve an alternative to wrecking the economy. And now we’ll have to face another round of gridlock in the weeks ahead as the nation approaches yet another debt ceiling.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 4, 2013
  • Another Perspective - Public servants

    By Mark Shields

  • Nuestra Historia - Nuestra Historia begins third year

    This column first appeared two years ago, on Jan. 7, 2011, when Nuestra Historia was introduced with the hope of bringing to life the history of our area. We said we would focus on the social, cultural and political milestones — sometimes tumultuous — which have made Las Vegas and San Miguel County a very special and singular place.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 4, 2013

    The Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance on the National Rifle Association and the gun industry (Dec. 31) — The National Rifle Association claims putting guns in the hands of more people is the way to deal with mass shootings in America. It says only good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns.
    Such was the shameful response of the NRA, one of the nation’s most powerful political lobbying groups, to the Dec. 14 slaughter of 20 first graders and six adults in Newtown, Conn.

  • Kanneh headed to NFL showcase

    New Mexico Highlands University defensive back Abdul Kanneh has committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the NFL Players Association announced this week in a news release.

    Kanneh will be one of the draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, Jan. 19, at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.

    Kanneh earned 2012 Daktronics NCAA Division-II Football All-America First-Team and BSN All-America First-Team honors.

  • Sweet 17 - MMS girls roll to 17-1 finish

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Memorial Middle School Lady Cardinals eighth grade basketball team completed its 2012 season with a 17-1 record that included first-place finishes at the Los Alamos and Pojoaque Middle School Tournaments.

    After an early-season loss, the Lady Cardinals ran off 16 straight victories — including three convincing December defeats of Raton, West Las Vegas and Mora — to complete their season.

  • Cardinal wrestlers shine in Silver

    Of the nine guys Rico  Montoya pinned en route to a 9-0 mark and an Outstanding Wrestler award at this past weekend’s Silver Duals, eight didn’t make it out of the first period.

    Montoya was one of the top individual performers for Robertson in the two-day event, and the Cardinals managed to win five duals as a team.

    Joe Crespin (220 lbs.), who like Montoya is a defending state champion, also went 9-0.