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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 4, 2011

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    IT WAS SO COLD THAT ...

    • People were leaving their freezer doors open just to warm up.

    • We saw someone rubbing two icicles together, hoping for a spark.

    • That place where all the bad people go really did freeze over.

  • To the Point: Ahead of the ax

    Highlands University folks have been commenting on their institutional expectations under new Gov. Susana “La Tejana” Martinez. Their expression demonstrates some justifiable angst.

  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas is born

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Special to the Optic

    Even before 1835, farmers and ranchers from San Miguel had raised crops and grazed livestock on the lush meadows along the Rio Gallinas.  And as related in our last column,  Luis María Cabeza de Baca and his family had settled las vegas as early as 1820.

  • Another perspective: Learning from the past and moving forward

    By Paula Garcia

    Special to the Optic

    Mora County is known for both its beauty and also for its persistent, rural poverty.

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora County is filled with winners

    The students of Mora Middle School recently participated in the annual spelling bee.

    They were coached by Middle School English teacher Roberta Garcia. At the Mora meet Jack Rains took the first place. Ten of the students went to the regional meet in Wagon Mound. Mora student, Alexis Armijo was the first place winner at the regional meet. She will represent Mora County at the State Spelling Bee in Albuquerque in March.

    Andrew Martinez from Wagon Mound was in second place at the regional meet.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Cookbooks and recipes bring delightful memories

    My friends can come up with some strange things at times. I was just given a sour dough starter. It rests in a gallon Ziplock bag, must be mushed around every morning and more sugar, milk and flour added so it can multiply. This wonderful old yeast like dough continues to bubble and form gas as it works on my kitchen counter. One day soon some of it will become bread, hopefully.

  • A Super experience

    By Chris Jenkins
    AP Sports Writer

    IRVING, Texas — When it comes to Super Bowl experience, the Green Bay Packers are pretty, well, green.

    Even their coach.

    When Mike McCarthy leads his team into Cowboys Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, it will be his first time at the big game — even as a spectator.

    His family wanted to go, but he always said no. Not until one of his teams actually played in it.

  • Sports commentary: Herrera was a ‘Super’ coach

    Editor’s note: This is the third of a series of articles written on old-school athletics by Luna Community College sports performance instructor Henry Sanchez.

    By Henry Sanchez
    Special to the Optic

    In the world of athletics, if a coach or athlete is known by one name it is considered the ultimate sign of respect. For example there are Babe (Ruth), Bird (Larry), Michael (Jordan), Wilt (Chamberlain) and Kobe (Bryant) to name a few.

  • East board getting a new look

    By Tom McDonald and Don Pace
    Las Vegas Optic

    A veteran member of the Las Vegas City Schools board has been defeated in his attempt for a six straight term in office.

    Ricky Serna, 30, earned his first four-year term on the school board by defeating Patrick Romero by only 59 votes. Serna garnered 41 percent of the vote to Romero’s 36 percent. Stephanie Salazar, a Las Vegas police dispatcher, got 23 percent of the vote in that race.