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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Mora upset at home

    The Mora Rangerettes were disappointed in their homecoming game as they lost to Mesa Vista on Jan. 29 by a score of 60-46.

    This is not reflective of the usual Rangerettes’ efforts this year. Some of their recent scores: Mora 66, Questa 39; Mora 65, Robertson 53; Mora 61, McCurdy 23. They won against the Mesa Vista girls at the Northern Rio Grande Tournament with a score of 52-45.

    Coach David Salcido noted that one of the team’s top rebounders was not able  to play Saturday because of a knee injury.

  • Smith honored by RMAC

    Highlands University’s China Smith was named the Rocky Mountain Atheltic Conference Player of the Week following her efforts in games Jan. 28-29.

    Smith led her team to a road sweep over the Thunderwolves of Colorado State-Pueblo (60-52) and the Mountain Lions of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (77-68). Those two wins gave the Cowgirls a four-game win streak, the longest under head coach Tiffany Darling. NMHU lost twice this past weekend.