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Today's News

  • Three new West Nile cases in NM

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three more New Mexicans have been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection, bringing the total in the state this year to eight human cases.

    No deaths have been reported so far.

    New Mexico Department of Health officials announced Wednesday that the new cases include a 55-year-old man from Bernalillo County, a 76-year-old man from Dona Ana County and a 76-year-old man from Bernalillo County.

  • Special delivery
  • Que Pasa - August 31, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Wagon Mound Bean Day festivities begin, 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, traditional bean cleaning party, firehouse. For a full schedule, visit www.wagonmoundnm.com/BeanDay
    • The San Miguel DWI Program is featuring “The Best of San Miguel County” placemat art created by students from West Las Vegas, Las Vegas City Schools, and Pecos Schools. The art is on display at Traveler’s Cafe on the Plaza through the end of August.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 31, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! LOSING A BIG FOOTPRINT. Neil Armstrong was mission commander of Apollo 11 in July 1969 when he became the first person to walk on the moon. His death last weekend at age 82 reminds us of a time when the United States could dream big and act out those dreams.
    Armstrong was an example of the greatness that’s part of our national DNA. He made us proud, and he will be missed.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 31, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - ‘Going from one country into another’

    East and West Las Vegas evolved as if they were two neighboring countries, divided by a river, with a border crossing on Bridge Street.

    The remarkable separateness of the two towns was vividly observed by Milton Nahm, as he recalled covering the Carl Magee trials as a cub reporter for the Optic in 1923 and 1926.

    Nahm’s description of the pronounced divide is intensely poignant, and his narrative transports you to that time:

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - August 31, 2012

    The Jerusalem Post on the passing of Neil Armstrong (Aug. 24) — Whether you were a wide-eyed five-year-old, a self-absorbed teenager or world-wise adult, you’ll likely never forget the moment. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder outside the lunar module, and with a little jump, became the first person to set foot on the moon.

  • Another Perspective - Negotiation, litigation, and never an agreement

    Last week we went into detail about how the City of Las Vegas and the acequias moved from litigation to negotiation and, unfortunately, back into litigation over Gallinas River water rights. Now let’s explore where the impasse currently stands — and how litigation is again getting in the way.

    When the court-ordered legal proceedings to resume litigation, the acequias sought to continue negotiations and, at first, the city seemed to agree. Not so now.

  • Isotopes’ Ely is PCL’s top ace

    Three consecutive road losses in Oklahoma City have caused the Albuquerque lead in the Pacific Coast League American South to dwindle to two and a half games.

    But the Isotopes organization received some good news Wednesday to offset that of the “bummer” variety. John Ely, the ‘Topes’ ace, was named the PCL Pitcher of the Year.

    The honor was decided by league managers and media.

  • Young Cardinals flying under the radar this fall

    Being a tad underrated is nothing new for the Robertson football program.

    Flying under the radar altogether — with pundits salivating over defending state champ Lovington and runner-up St. Michael’s, not to mention a Hope Christian team on the rise — is another matter.

    But with the young group RHS is fielding after the loss of 14 seniors, that’s where these Cardinals find themselves going into Friday night’s opener against Portales (7 p.m. kickoff at Cardinal Stadium).