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Today's News

  • Regional under way in Farmington

    Capsules about the six teams playing in the NCAA Division II Central Regional under way through Sunday at Ricketts Park in Farmington:

  • Mil Gracias letter

    NMHU's Student Support Services would like to thank the following merchants for their generous donations for our annual Awards Banquet on April 22. Our award recipients were very appreciative of your kind contributions:

  • Graham leads Cowgirls to fifth

    Angella Graham of New Mexico Highlands is the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s Outdoor Track and Field Regional Field Athlete of the Year.

    Graham cruised to conference titles in the triple jump (38-11.75), long jump (18-11.75) and high jump (5-5.25), and she finished second in the 200-meter dash (25.09) and 100-meter hurdles (14.79), boosting Highlands to fifth place in this week’s RMAC outdoor track and field championships in Pueblo, Colo.

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    TUESDAY, MAY 11

    Las Vegas minors: Mariners 13, Rockies 5

    La Plaza minors: Marlins 15, Angels 4

    La Plaza majors: A’s 12, Angels 2

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 12

    La Plaza majors: Dodgers 16, Rockies 2

    La Plaza minors: Cubs 9, Marlins 6; Yankees 12, Indians 2

    Upcoming games:

    FRIDAY, MAY 14

    La Plaza majors: A’s vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... NO FENCING. The feud between the Storrie Lake Water Users Association and the state appears to have subsided, with a three-year agreement having been reached between the two. The most obvious consequence is that the lake will now open for shoreline fishing this summer and there won’t be any prohibitive and unsightly fences going up.

  • To the Point: Why do they hate him?

    The vituperation and enmity so energetically and continually focused on Barack Obama by a significant — and loud — portion of our national citizenry has made me “curiouser and curiouser,” especially because I expected this to wane after he won the presidency in such undeniable and resounding fashion.  

  • Mural artists seek more money

    A local group says it needs more money from the city for a downtown mural.

    A few months ago, Casa de Cultural, a nonprofit group that promotes the area’s culture, got $15,000 from the city for the mural, which will be called, “The People’s History of Northern New Mexico.”

    The mural will be on the north end of the old Safeway parking lot at Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Casa de Cultura requested an additional $10,000, saying money from other sources has fallen through.

  • Candidates divided on Tasers

    A forum for San Miguel County Commission candidates attracted three hopefuls Wednesday night. Three others didn’t show.

    Taking part in the forum were District 1 candidates Rock Ulibarri, Ron Ortega and Joe “Yunta” Lucero. Not showing were District 1 incumbent June Garcia and District 3 incumbent Albert Padilla and his opponent, Arthur Padilla.

    Garcia submitted a letter to forum organizers, saying she was in Arizona to attend her godson’s graduation. She said she helped raise him.

  • County workers eye union

    Some San Miguel County government employees are considering forming a union, so the county has hired a firm to negotiate with them.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has been talking with county workers about organizing. So far, jailers and sheriff’s deputies are expressing interest, officials say.

  • Letter: Wake up, Mora, before it's too late

    Remember, la gente de Mora, that the oil and gas that lies beneath your land is worth hundreds of billions of dollars to the greedy oil companies. The oil representatives will come to you with their mentiras about how much good they are going to do for you. You must understand que por los poquito centavos you receive you will be giving away tu salud, la amistad, y sus tierras.  When all the money you have received is gone, your kids, your grandkids, and possibly yourselves van andar por las calles.