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Today's News

  • Work of Art: $2,300, A great investment

    You’ve heard it said that a college degree is worth what a high school diploma used to be. There was a time, certainly in my lifetime, when educators urged us not to drop out of high school. “You hold the key to the future,” and other such bromides put the fear of poverty into us.

    At the time, when the U.S. began its switch from a mercantile society to an information-processing country, the need for higher degrees increased. I’m not going to give a paean on the benefits of school but merely stress how important certain qualifications are. To some.

  • Rotary golf benefit Saturday

    Golfers are invited to take part in this weekend’s Las Vegas Rotary benefit tournament, which begins 9 a.m. at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Cost is $125, covering golf, cart, lunch and prizes. Fax entry forms (player names, handicaps and phone numbers) to Kay Dorman, 505-426-0230. Sign-in is set for 8 a.m. Saturday.

    Format is ABCD four-person scramble, and only one player per team is allowed to have a handicap of nine or less. Additionally, combined tem handicap must exceed 50.

    The tourney benefits Coats for Kids, Camp RYLA and other charities.

  • Oklahoma State coach stays true to Mora roots

    Mora area native Miranda Serna, daughter of Nettie Herrera and John Serna, has been assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State University for almost five years.

  • DA: Man's drug crimes near school

    A man suspected of selling drugs may be charged with a first-degree felony because he was distributing the narcotics less than 1,000 feet from a school, an official said last week.

    Julian Gallegos, 30, owner of Xtreme Nutrition, 1213 Bridge St., was charged last month with two counts of the second-degree felony of trafficking drugs and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Espanola card has plenty of Las Vegas flavor

    “The Final Chapter,” as a July 17 professional boxing event is called, won’t be held in the Meadow City, but the card has an unmistakable Las Vegas flavor to it nonetheless.

    The card, headlined by the third — and theoretically final — fight between six-time world champion Johnny Tapia and Frankie Archuleta, is set for 7 p.m. July 17 at the Ohkay Casino in Española.

    The event had originally been scheduled for this coming Saturday, June 12, but that date was cancelled.

  • Editorial: Change will be disruptive

    Just because policymakers present a united front doesn’t mean everybody’s happy with the way things are going. Last week’s primary election offers a case in point.

    Two San Miguel County commissioners, June Garcia and Albert Padilla, were defeated in their re-election bids. And even though Sheriff Benjie Vigil won his party nomination, he did so with a slim, slim margin and only a little more than a third of the votes.

  • Area runners stride it out in Santa Fe race

    Five area  runners competed in a road race May 29 in Santa Fe.

    In the 10-kilometer run Mariam Browne, a former Robertson cross country runner whose parents still  live in Las Vegas, took 19th overall and second in her age group with a time of 48:21.

    Tony Gallegos, also a former  Robertson runner, overcame a leg injury and completed the tough course in a time of  49:55 good enough for 21st place.  

    Howard  Dunbar, 62, finished in an impressive 52:18, good enough for a second place age group finish.

  • As It Is: Dems' dire straits

    New Mexico’s Democrats are in trouble, and they’re beginning to realize it.

    Suffering from Bill Richardson fatigue, most people are tired of the governor’s more than seven years of pay-to-play politics.

    A day after the Democratic and Republican primaries, Diane Denish, the Democrats’ gubernatorial candidate and Richardson’s lieutenant governor, started to distance herself from our state’s leader.

  • Graham is seven-time honoree

    NMHU track and field All-American Angella Graham added to her illustrious career by earning two more All-American awards at the 2010 NCAA II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C., May 27-29.

    As the Optic reported this past week, Graham, a senior from Trelawney, Jamaica, placed fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the heptathlon to boost her career All-American trophy haul to seven in her two years as a member of the NMHU program.

  • Council rejects consultant for public housing authority

    The Las Vegas City Council rejected a proposal to give money to a consultant to help the public housing authority form a residents council.

    Authority officials asked the city to grant a contact to Highlands University professor James Alarid for up to $5,700 to set up the council — which would amount to $25 per public housing resident.