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Today's News

  • Commentary: Keeping It Simple

    I want to thank those Optic readers who contacted me about my last article (“Saving things for just in case”) and shared their own saving oddities with me.

    Comedian Ellen DeGeneres likes to poke fun at common day occurrences such as the difficulty in opening a well packaged new CD, or wrestling with a toilet paper dispenser while sitting in a commode at a public bathroom. This article is sorta like what Ellen does, but the focus is on the tendency we human beings have toward trying to outdo each other in almost everything.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    I would like to thank the merchants and persons from Las Vegas that made our Feast Day at Our Lady of Sorrows Church a great success.

    I would like to thank every one who purchased raffle and dinner tickets from me. Thanks to the merchants that were so generous in donating certificates that were used for door prizes, that were given out at the Parish Hall.

  • Fiesta Council blasts ex-queen

    Fiesta Council members said Tuesday they wanted to move forward. But they spent a good portion of their monthly meeting talking about the 2009 Fiesta queen.

     At one point, a member said city officials were raking the Fiesta Council “over the coals.”

    Two months ago, the council halved queen Carmela Montoya’s $500 scholarship, saying she didn’t attend required events, which she sharply disputed. At this week’s meeting, council President Mathew Martinez placed the scholarship back on the agenda.

  • A few losses among top prep football teams

    A look at how the state’s top-ranked prep football teams fared this past weekend, followed by a ranking of volleyball teams (as documented by the New Mexico Overtime Sports Center Web site):

    Class 5A

    1. La Cueva beat Clovis 41-21

    2. Las Cruces beat Volcano Vista 51-14

    3. Eldorado Beat Rio Rancho 39-0

    4. Mayfield beat Carlsbad 42-21

    5. Manzano beat Artesia 42-38

    6. Cleveland beat Oñate 40-14

    7. Clovis lost to La Cueva 41-21

    8. Sandia lost to Sandia 41-10

    9. Hobbs beat Roswell 41-31

  • A salute

    Newly named in honor of the late local sportscaster, the Bernie Allingham Pressbox was formally introduced to the public during Robertson’s homecoming ceremonies this past Friday at Cardinal Stadium. Las Vegas City Schools board members recognized the Allingham family, including Bernie’s widow, Helen; his children and grandchildren. Bernie Allingham worked for more than 30 years as a play-by-play sports announcer at Las Vegas’ KFUN-KLVF, broadcasting hundreds of football and basketball games involving local teams.

  • It's a person's purrogative

    Readers of this column may recall treatises on single words and short phrases. Over the years, I’ve tackled individual words like “so” and its myriad meanings; “myriad,” “like,” “ya know” and “sorry.” More recently, there was a bilingual plunge into the words “tú” and “usted.”

  • HU focuses on suicide prevention

    During a ceremony last week at Highlands University’s Central Park to commemorate Suicide Prevention Day, President Jim Fries told the crowd it is critical that people be sensitive to the potential for suicide — particularly among younger people.

    “It’s tragic. The most important thing any of us have is life itself,” Fries said. “It’s too doggone short the way it is.”

    Fries said we all encounter problems, challenges and difficulties with relationships, in our personal lives and in the workplace.

  • Hutchinson races to first in Taos

    Kaitlyn Hutchinson is used to being near the front of the pack.

    On Saturday, she found herself all by her lonesome.

    The Robertson senior finished in a time of 21 minutes, 32 seconds, to win the girls’ varsity race of the Taos Invitational cross country meet held at Kit Carson Park and Taos Pueblo.

    Hutchinson outkicked her closest competitor, Española’s Gabrielle Fresquez, by 26 seconds at the finish line.

  • Turnout strong for recycling

    More than 50 people packed into a classroom on the Highlands University Campus to talk about bringing a viable and vibrant recycling program to Las Vegas and surrounding communities.

    The Las Vegas Recycling Taskforce and the New Mexico Recycling Coalition gave a presentation on “Hub and Spoke” recycling as a model to create regional recycling processing centers with larger communities, such as Las Vegas. The Meadow City would serve as a hub for smaller communities, or spokes, to take their recyclables to.

  • Cut from the top

    We’re not infatuated with tax increases, but we feel compelled to consider the future based on today’s realities. And one of the realities the next governor will face is a serious shortage of money.

    There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about this — especially in a city like Las Vegas where state-supported jobs are prevalent — not the least of which is school funding. A little sidestep last summer illustrates the looming severity of the situation.