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Today's News

  • Newlyweds
  • Noticias - Sept. 12, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering counseling services to the community this semester. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 12, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Chocolate-Covered Cookie" by Leslie Valdes. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES
    • Las Vegas Senior Olympics meeting, 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. For more information, call Denise McElroy at 454-1379.

  • Waterless refuge

    The lead story in this month’s newsletter by the Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, La Voz del Refugio, sported an unsurprising headline: “Dry Times on the Refuge.” That’s obvious to anyone who has been out there this summer — the marshes are dry, the fields never really turned green and even the wildlife seems more scarce. It’s no secret that a couple of years of especially dry summers have taken their toll on everything around here, and the refuge is clearly no exception.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 12, 2012
  • Work of Art - 92, and she’s ‘with it’

    Photographing Julia Martinez for the Optic’s Senior Profile feature last week convinced me that hers was by far the easiest interview I’ve helped writer Lupita Gonzales conduct.
    I simply go along for the photos; I let my colleague ask the tough questions.
    So what made it so easy? Probably our conviction that Mrs. Herman Martinez is extremely alert. Yes, she’s 92, but she’s much more “with it” than many people 30 years younger.

  • Rehoboth tourney champs
  • Crickets prevail in Bean Day softball

    The Crickets, a local softball team named after the late Jimmy “Cricket” Sandoval, went 6-1 and won the recent Bean Day tournament in Wagon Mound.
    Marco Aragon earned Most Valuable Player honors, leading the Crickets’ all-tournament honorees. Others on the all-tourney team were Carl Vigil, James Benavidez, Chris Perez and Ruben Duran. Perez also took home a trophy for home run hitting.
    Kenny Sandoval and Elfie Chavez have teamed up to create teams that have won the Wagon Mound Bean Day Memorial Tournament for eight consecutive years.

  • End of an era

    It’s more than a little strange to see soccer being played on the field at Robertson High School without Ray Parks on the sidelines coaching it.
    This past offseason, Parks ended a 17-year run as head coach of the RHS girls’ program.
    He’d toyed with the idea of stepping down from the coaching position since before the 2011 season but didn’t make anything official until well after the Lady Cardinals’ campaign had ended in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A-3A state tournament.

  • WLV runners top 4 in Española

    West Las Vegas cross country teams scored dual fourth-place finishes over the weekend at the Española Valley Invitational in Española.
    Longtime coach Leroy “Caro” Armijo said he was generally pleased with his runners’ efforts and their times but added that there is ample room for improvement.
    On the boys’ side, West’s Max Sedillo finished within a couple seconds of individual winner Jeremy Santistevan of Pojoaque Valley. Sedillo’s time of 16:58 and second-place finish were part of one of his better efforts to date.