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Today's News

  • Thanksgiving expressions

    Editor’s Note: A version of this editorial first appeared in 2010.

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It’s centered on a great American pastime, eating, and one of the better virtues of the human spirit — being appreciative for the blessings bestowed upon us. It also consists of long family weekends together, shopping, ball games, and relaxing with family and friends. All in all, this is a holiday that can be as hassle-free, or hassle-filled, as we choose to make it.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 23, 2011
  • Work of Art: Ready for some tofurkey?

    Ah! We’re going to have some tofurkey in a few days. We’d better cleanse  our palates in preparation for gormandizing.

    Tofurkey? It sounds almost like an obscenity, and in a family newspaper! Tofurkey, as you may have conjectured, is a  vegetarian alternative to turkey.

    I got the word from the vocabulary website “Wordnik.” But that’s as close as I intend to get to it. Learning a new word is not the same as eating what it represents.

  • Six Cowboys All-RMAC in football

    Six New Mexico Highlands football players earned All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors following an improved season under first-year head coach Eric Young. The Cowboys finished their first season of the Young era with a 4-7 overall record and a 2-7 RMAC mark.

    Jordan Campbell was the lone Cowboy to be named to the All-RMAC First Team Defense.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 23, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Eastern New Mexico, TBA
    • West Las Vegas boys vs. Peñasco (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    THURSDAY
    No local varsity events

    FRIDAY
    No local varsity events

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas boys at Fort Wingate (A,B,C), 1 p.m., Wingate
    • West Las Vegas girls vs. Española (A,B,C), 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • FYI - Sports - Nov. 23, 2011

    Las Vegas YABL registration for boys’ grades 3-7 runs Dec. 12 through Jan. 6 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Girls and co-ed K-2 registration concluded Nov. 7. For details and more information, visit the Rec or call Misty, 426-3191, or the center at 426-1739.

    We value your involvement and want to provide the best area sports coverage available anywhere. Submit your local sports scores, statistics and story ideas to dkavanaugh@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Jones honored for 25 years’ work

    New Mexico Highlands University head baseball coach Steve Jones will be honored for his 25 years of service in the baseball community on Jan. 7 in Anaheim, Calif.

    The American Baseball Coaches Association will be presenting Jones with the ABCA 25-Year Coaching Award at the organization’s annual convention.

  • Irreparable damage for Paterno

    The Associated Press

    A half-century in the making, Joe Paterno’s impeccable reputation was shattered in a matter of days.

  • Europe treated to works by O’Keeffe

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Fame followed Georgia O’Keeffe through New York’s art galleries and across the desolate landscapes of the Southwest. But beyond America’s shores, her work is relatively unknown.

    For the first time, her iconic paintings of flowers, bleached bones and dramatic landscapes will be exhibited over the next year in Italy, Germany and Finland as part of a major traveling retrospective.

  • Court weighs scrapping huge California water pact

    By Elliot Spagat
    The Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO — A vanishing lake figures large in a court battle over how Southern California gets it water, a high-stakes dispute with consequences that could ripple throughout the western United States.