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Today's News

  • Fourth award for Manzano

    For the fourth time this basketball season, New Mexico Highlands junior Thomas Manzano has been named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

    Manzano played a key role in helping the Cowboys climb into third place in the league standings by beating the Central Region’s top-ranked Fort Lewis Skyhawks 82-64 on Saturday, one day after they dropped Adams State 90-81. Both teams, NMHU rivals in the RMAC West, had defeated Highlands in January on their home courts in Colorado.

  • Las Vegas dodges gas shortage

    Las Vegas dodged the natural gas crisis that shook much of New Mexico late last week for one basic reason — the city gets its gas from Colorado, not western Texas.

    Still, the city didn’t go through last week’s cold-weather snap without a scare of its own. With last week’s heating demands, pressure in the city’s gas lines dropped dramatically, according to city officials.

  • Stuffed with Love

    Gabrielle Crespin and Arianna Duran want to make the upcoming Valentine’s Day extra special. The 10- year olds have for a few weeks been collecting stuffed animals to give to residents of Las Vegas’ nursing homes.

    “I’m doing this because it will make a lot of other people happy,” Crespin said of her goal to give every nursing home resident a stuffed animal. “I think it will make the people at nursing homes really happy.”

  • District looks to fill top job

    Las Vegas City Schools Board President Gabriel Lucero released the names of applicants for the school district’s top job. Eighteen people from across the nation are looking to fill the seat vacated by former superintendent Rick Romero.

    Four of the names are familiar within the school district, six others are from New Mexico, and the remaining eight applicants come from districts across the United States.

  • Police: Drinking leads to stabbing

    A night of drinking by two friends led to an alleged knife attack, say police.

    Michael A. Garcia, 32, of the 300 block of Washington Avenue in Las Vegas, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with the Jan. 27 incident.

    Garcia is accused of wielding a kitchen knife and slashing his friend with it during a fight in a Los Vigiles neighborhood (north of Las Vegas) on the evening of Jan. 27.

  • Historian to speak about treaty

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument, a part of the National Park Service, has announced its monthly Glimpses of the Past program, “Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,” to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 at the CCHP/Santa Fé Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., in Las Vegas.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 7, 2011

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    • Fine Art Print Lecture series, By Dr. Robert Bell on Japanese wood block prints, 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9 in the Art Viewing room on the second floor of Donnelly Library on the NMHU campus. For more information, call 454-3338.

  • Climate change

    The scientific consensus is that humans are probably causing climate change (also known as global warming because that’s where the problem begins). But the economic and poltical consensus seems to be that we can’t do anything about it — at least not fast enough.

    In other words, it may be too late to stop it.

  • Publisher's Note: What the numbers say

    I did a little number crunching on the school board elections last week, and discovered some interesting tidbits.

    One of the things I found was that, while turnout was low for West’s election, it wasn’t bad on the east side.

    First, let me point out that the numbers I use below are by no means “official,” but that doesn’t mean they’re inaccurate. I gleaned them from Optic reports on the last three school board elections — in 2007, 2009 and last week.

  • Winter blast puts games on ice

    This past weekend was supposed to feature a couple of eagerly anticipated East-West basketball matchups in town.

    Mother Nature had other plans.

    The one-two punch was supposed to be a Robertson boys’ basketball home game vs. West Las Vegas on Friday at Mike Marr Gym, followed by Saturday’s scheduled West girls vs. RHS contest at Gillie Lopez Gym.