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Today's News

  • Another perspective: Our water: The basic issues

    Go into our “low price” Walmart and look at the cost of water — trucked in over long distances and hopefully of drinking water quality. Depending upon the label prettiness and package size, you will see the prices ranging from $1.10 to $6.90 per gallon.

    Surely, Las Vegans can do better than that. What about city water?  Let us drag you though some details.

    Where does city water come from? About 10 percent is piped from groundwater aquifers a few miles south of the city, and the remaining 90 percent comes from our local Gallinas River.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Texas Invasion of 1841

    What has become an obscure footnote in both our local and New Mexico history, is the futile Texas invasion of San Miguel County in 1841 — or what most historians have downplayed as the Texas-Santa Fe Expedition.

    It occurred here five years before General Kearny, leading the Army of the West, proclaimed in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846, the occupation and annexation of New Mexico by the United States.     

    These are the facts:

  • Orgullo del Norte - The Native utopian society

    In 1492, Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) miscalculated his voyage to Asia and landed in what is now the island of modern day Haiti and Dominica Republic. He thought he was in the Indies of the East; hence he named the natives “Indians.”

    Throughout history, groups of people have been named by their conquerors. It is for this reason I will use the term “Native peoples.”

  • Redbirds handle West LV

    Justin Bustos scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as Robertson overcame a brassy charge by West Las Vegas 48-38 on Tuesday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The two Meadow City rivals were to meet in a rematch Thursday night at Mike Marr Gym in a game played after this issue went to press.

    The Dons missed leading scorer Jordan Lopez for Tuesday’s game but seemed to pull together as a team against the fourth-ranked Cardinals. (To be fair, RHS has been without key playmaker Fabian Varela for several contests, including the Tuesday game.)

  • The Drive for Five

    Only a couple of wrestlers in the history of New Mexico high school athletics have won five individual state championships.

    This weekend, Robertson senior Daniel Martinez will attempt to join that exclusive club.

    It’s been a long time coming.

  • Evins honored by RMAC

    New Mexico Highlands University’s Trent Evins has been named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Rawlings Pitcher of the Week.

    The RMAC's Preseason Pitcher of the Year earned the honor after a lights-out performance for the Cowboys on  Feb. 11 as he threw six no-hit innings against in-state rival Eastern New Mexico in the Cowboys’ opening game of the 2011 season, part of a tournament in Odessa, Texas.

    Evins allowed no hits and no runs while striking out six ENMU batters in his six innings on the mound for the Cowboys.

  • NMHU softball sweeps Aggies

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowgirls improved to 3-4 after sweeping their non-conference doubleheader against Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Wednesday in Goodwell, Okla.

    The Cowgirls won the first game 10-2 in five innings behind the pitching of Ashley Paiz. The Cowgirls then turned around and won the second game 4-2 on the strength of pitcher Melissa Martinez' seven complete innings of work.

  • Mora County Notebook: Family is the foundation of Mora County

    Life is happy when there is a loving family. Family is so important in our lives. As one observes life here in the northern part of New Mexico the words “La Familia” bring a happy and joyous feeling to the people. La Familia is imbedded in a person’s heart from early life in this place as grandparents aunts uncles and cousins and the more extended family surrounds them with love and care. It is sad for those who do not have these feelings.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The joys of bed-making

    I find some of the darndest things as I browse through the stack of magazines I never seem to read — cover to cover. Being snowbound actually is good for reading and putting yet another log on the fire.

  • LCC announces VP’s honor roll

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College has  announced its Fall 2010 Vice President’s Honor Roll.  
    Inclusion on the Vice President’s Honor Roll requires students to successfully complete, without incomplete grades included, a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with at least a 3.66 GPA.  Graded credit hours do not include S/U graded courses, audits or credit by exam.