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Today's News

  • Another Perspective: Dispatch from Japan

    I can’t think about the future, I can only concentrate on each second. I don’t know what is going to happen.

    I’m on alert for the next warning of an earthquake, tsunami, and explosion. I’m worried about the situation with the nuclear plants. A lot of people are panicking and stocking up on basic necessities. There are a lot of empty shelves at the stores.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of the Old Town Plaza

    Resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk has done painstaking and meticulous research into the original layout and early development of the Old Town Plaza. In 2001, he first published Pioneer Merchants of the Las Vegas Plaza, a work that includes the development of the Plaza from its settlement through the territorial period.

  • Orgullo del Norte - ‘El Tigre,’ Reies Lopez Tijerina

    “Tijerina was truly the right person, in the right place, at the right time.”
    — Maurilio Vigil, historian

    As a young boy I recall a monument being erected at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces. It was a sculpture representing Native Americans. This event stuck with me because of a comment my father made as we drove by.

    “First they commit genocide on them, and then they build monuments in memory of them,” he said.

  • Bradley resigns at RHS

    The Aunna Bradley era of Robertson girls’ basketball came to a close Wednesday with Bradley’s resignation from her coaching position.

    Bradley did not elaborate on why she has stepped down, but she confirmed she had submitted her resignation, ending a nearly decade-long run with the Lady Cardinals.

    Robertson’s girls earned multiple state tournament appearances under Bradley’s guidance.

  • Cage fights here Friday night

    Arturo “Tutti” Padilla, who was a multi-sport star at Robertson High in the 1990s, will headline “Vegas Fight Night,” an evening of mixed martial arts Friday at the Night Owl.

    Tickets are $20 general admission, $30 reserved and $50 cage-side; they’ll be sold at the door. For advance ticket information, fans may call 426-6191.

    Doors at the Night Owl will open at 6 p.m., with the first fights starting around 7.

    Padilla is slated to battle Fernando Rivera of Taos in the main event.

  • Lady Dons’ strong start not enough

    Big hits. Solid pitching. Stingy defense.  

    West Las Vegas’ softball team seemingly had all the ingredients for an important win Tuesday at Pojoaque Valley.

    For a while, all those ingredients came together.

    Then, one by one, they dissipated — and the host Elkettes pulled out a 9-8 win to finish a 9-2 rally over the last two and a half innings.

  • Manzano, Bustos on All-Region teams

    New Mexico Highlands standout Thomas Manzano and Vera Jo Bustos — an Adams State star who played her high school ball at West Las Vegas — are among the basketball players honored with selection to the All-Central Region teams for 2011
    Manzano was chosen to the Daktronics All-Central Region (NCAA Division II) second team.

    A junior at NMHU this past season, Manzano led the Cowboys to a 19-8 record and a third straight appearance in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout postseason tournament.

  • Wagon Mound’s Romero: Old-school hoops icon

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth 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

    It is important to know and remember our past because it reflects where we have been, where we are today and where we are going.

  • Mora County Notebook: Many things have changed in the Mora Valley

    Mora Valley has held onto the old but still has had changes. Strangers may not realize that there have been changes as this beautiful valley still holds onto the historic past but change have had to take place in the last 60 years. Those who were here at that time and before can see the changes that have taken place.

    The beautiful mountains are never changing and the beautiful people are the same as always. They have a love of their home and family and love for their neighbor as in the old days. New people come and find this is a good place to be.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Another Aunt Elvira adventure

    Oh, no! Here I go again —  yet another story about my Aunt Elvira. I must admit it has taken me quite a while (decades to those who might count) to appreciate her and her interest in my welfare.

    My father’s youngest sister was prodded, pushed to get an education. I was just a teenager when she was awarded her Ph.D. in education, with a degree in Greek, no less. She began a teaching job at Wisconsin University, with a branch in Superior.