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Today's News

  • American dreamer

    This Optic editorial first appeared on Jan. 17, 2005.

    “... I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963

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  • Publisher’s Note: Flawed heritage

    I remember the day after Martin Luther King was killed just across the Mississippi River from my home-state of Arkansas. I was 11 years old and working for a man raking leaves, and I asked him what he thought about it.

    He said King got what he was asking for.

    And I remember years later, when I was applying for a job in Little Rock and the man interviewing me outlined the holidays I would get — the new King holiday was one, he said, but a lot of the employees preferred to celebrate it as the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday instead.

  • West girls conquer Aztec tourney

    A 49-47 photo finish against Class 4A Artesia gave West Las Vegas a tournament championship Saturday afternoon in the three-day Aztec Invitational.

    What a difference a week makes.

    West and coach Jose Medina have won four in a row — including the 3-0 weekend tourney — since a humbling 0-2 trip through Lovington and Portales.

    Significantly, the Lady Dons were able to win both close games and routs in getting back on track.

  • Daniel in the Cougars’ den

    ALBUQUERQUE — Taking state in wrestling is one thing.

    Winning your weight class in the Joe Vivian Classic is something else.

    A state championship means you’ve conquered the best grappling competition your school classification has to offer.

    A Joe Vivian title means you’ve survived the most brutal bracket in New Mexico, beating all comers across all classifications, not just those from similarly sized schools.

  • Cowboys sweep Nebraska clubs

    Back on a winning streak is the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team following a weekend sweep of Chadron State and Nebraska-Kearney.

    And the Cowgirl hoopsters aren’t feeling too badly either after a split against the Nebraska visitors.

    Coach Joe Harge’s Cowboys stopped Chadron 85-75 on Friday, then cruised past UNK 86-72 on Saturday at the Wilson Complex.

    Thomas Manzano lit up the scoreboard with 30 points on 10 -of-21 shooting, and he had six rebounds and two steals for NMHU (12-4 overall, 8-4 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) against CSC.

  • Dons 0 for 3 but finish well at St. Mike’s

    There are no tangible consolation prizes for coming up just short on the basketball court. But the West Las Vegas Dons (4-11) will take a moral victory at this juncture of the season.

    The Dons came within two possessions of beating Wingate on Saturday night in the St. Michael’s Round-Robin Tournament before falling 62-56 and finishing 0 for 3 in the three-day event.

    West’s Jordan Lopez and Wingate’s Lambert Michalski traded trips to the foul line, then Martin Blea’s free throw cut the Bears’ lead to 58-53.

  • Cards hold on, beat Mora in matchup of ranked teams

    The Mora Rangers proved their long ball makes them a deadly threat to bigger teams. The Robertson Cardinals, meanwhile, proved they can hit foul shots in crunch time.

    RHS, ranked seventh in Class 3A, held on to beat Mora, likely underrated at ninth in Class 2A, by a 62-57 margin Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    The Cardinals were sharp early, opening a 30-14 lead at halftime and making it a 20-point spread at 36-16 after consecutive three-pointers by Justin Bustos and Dalan Abreu.

  • Work delays deemed ‘intolerable’

    Highlands University Regent Jesus Lopez said it’s time to take off the gloves.

    At Wednesday’s regents meeting, Lopez threatened Albuquerque construction company MAKWA Builders with legal action to terminate construction of the new $20 million student center.

  • Girl, 3, killed in car crash

    A 3-year-old Las Vegas girl was killed Wednesday in a two-car collision on Interstate 25 between Pecos and Santa Fe.

    Raquel Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene after the car her mother was driving hit another car and rolled over several times, state police said. The girl was reportedly thrown from the vehicle during the rollovers.

  • Edible Donation

    Budget cuts have been a main topic in the state for several months, with very real consequences for various organizations — like senior centers. Fortunately, for the area senior centers a merger of companies brought them some much needed supplies.

    Last week, Teresa Lopez, of the Las Vegas Senior Citizens Center Center helped unload hundreds of boxes donated to the area’s centers. The boxes were divided for centers in Las Vegas, Pecos, Ribera and Mora.