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Today's News

  • Trudell’s documentary shown at Indian Film Festival

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts student Tara Trudell’s documentary narrative film Poem Home screened at the 38th annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco earlier this month.

    The festival is the oldest and most prominent media showcase of its kind in the world. Filmmakers whose work is selected to screen at the festival earn the coveted film laurels that Trudell may now display on all her future films.

  • Noticias - Nov. 11, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • A lesson for us all

    If you’ve watched the television news in the past few days or picked up a newspaper, you likely know about Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks’ troubles.

    Brooks and state Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera have traded barbs regularly in recent years. At the heart of their dispute is disagreement over how to reform schools in this state.

    But Brooks crossed the line last week when he posted comments on his Twitter account comparing Skandera to a farm animal.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 11, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Let’s serve veterans as well as they have served us

    During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

    More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the last year. Simply put, we are losing more servicemembers by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.

  • Bowl half empty - Cardinals rout Dons 53-0 in game called at halftime

    In probably the fastest Vegas Bowl in the 55-year history of the game, Robertson (5-5) bombarded West Las Vegas 53-0 on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium.

    The game was called to a halt at halftime due to the New Mexico Activities Association’s mercy rule requiring games to be stopped once the margin hits 50, provided at least two quarters have been played.

  • Cowboys earn trip to NCAA Division II nationals; Highlands women all set personal bests

    New Mexico Highlands is headed to the national championship meet in men’s cross country.

    Bob DeVries’ Cowboys finished sixth in Saturday’s NCAA Division II South Central Regional to corral the last qualifying team spot at nationals.

    Highlands senior Henrique Chavez finished 18th individually, completing the longer-than-usual 10-kilometer course in 31:06 to earn All-Region honors.

  • State: Miller third in girls’ race; Coca sixth on boys’ side

    Both the Robertson girls and West Las Vegas boys finished among the top eight in Saturday’s state championship cross country meet hosted by Rio Rancho High.

    Robertson’s Anabella Miller captured third place in the Class 3A girls’ race, making history as one of the highest finishers ever from a Las Vegas school in that event. She helped the Lady Cardinals take seventh as a team.

    Later, Moises Coca ran to a sixth place outcome, pacing the West Las Vegas Dons to an eighth place team result.

  • Lady Dons reach district volleyball final

    It was a familiar scene in a familiar place Saturday night at the Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona.

    The Pojoaque Valley Elkettes played the foil to the West Las Vegas Lady Dons in another District 2-3A volleyball tournament final.

    This time, the Elkettes asserted themselves early, taking game one 25-9.

    West made it tougher after that slow start, pushing the home team before falling 26-24 and 25-22.

  • Cowgirls to host clinic, tourneys

    Submitted to the Optic

    The NMHU women’s basketball team will host various events throughout the winter and spring to provide recreational activity to the community. Cowgirl Head Coach Tiffany Darling has scheduled several sessions of her “Little Dribblers” skills camps for the children of Las Vegas. The Cowgirls will also host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to allow the ballers of Las Vegas to show their skills.