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Today's News

  • Sports saved -- for now

    Last month, the Highlands University Board of Regents was ready to drop the school’s rodeo and wrestling programs. In a last-minute attempt to save the two sports, the board turned to state Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, for help.

    At Wednesday’s board meeting, supporters of the programs were able to breathe a sigh of relief after board Chairman Leveo Sanchez announced that rodeo and wrestling will be around for at least another year.  

  • Letter: 'Tiger' in Obama now endangered

    Parents should pay more attention to their children; they really should. Children have a habit of saying inconvenient truths aloud that we adults prefer to keep buried. It is an endearing trait.

    The First Lady recently told a charming little story about how 11-year-old Malia Obama is continually pestering her father to save endangered tigers. One interpretation of that story is that she means the physical tigers, presumably animals in an exotic place like Sumatra.

  • Letter: Residents only for task force

    On April 13 the commissioners for San Miguel County voted on the membership of a task force to update the county rules on oil and gas drilling. This should be of concern to everyone in our community as how and where drilling takes place in the county could have serious impact on our land, our water, and even our culture. The techniques and chemicals used can be quite dangerous.

  • Golf to benefit HU football

    Former New Mexico Highlands University football coaches Carl Ferrill and John Levra will be hosting a Professional Football Coaches Charity Golf Tournament, a Highlands University Football and Chaffey (California) College Reunion along with a Legends of Football on the River Coaches Clinic on Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5, in Laughlin, Nev.  

    Ferrill is suggesting that participants show up on Thursday night, June 3. The Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino and the Edgewater Hotel and Casino are the host venues.

  • Work of Art: Is there an ugliness quotient?

    As a way of giving back to Highlands University, my alma mater, I decided to pick up a newly minted license plate that bears the letters “HU,” with the message, “Go Cowboys” on an attractive white-on-purple field.

    The plates became available this week at the local motor vehicle office, for a slightly higher fee than regular plates, Highlands receiving part of those fees. The trip to the MVD, while time-consuming, went surprisingly smoothly, considering it was also time to renew my driver’s license, which expires next month, after eight years.

  • La Plaza sluggers take field

    An estimated 312 players, accompanied by their coaches and fans, flocked to Rodriguez Park on Sunday for La Plaza Little League’s traditional opening day activities.

    The season has been dedicated to former league president Mary Jean Flores-Ortiz and the late Mariah Arguello, a former player slain in a recent suspected DWI crash.

  • Editorial: Great talent, blunt talk

    Arnell David Arellanes is one of Las Vegas’ good educators. He’s a man of substance, as was made clear in an Optic article last week. In an interview about his impending departure, his words were both pointed and challenging in a number of ways.

  • Lady Card netters 2nd seed

    Robertson girls’ tennis team nabbed the No. 2 seed in this coming weekend’s district tournament by virtue of their performance in the pre-district event over the weekend in Santa Fe.

    Meanwhile the Robertson boys’ team finished third in the pre-district competition.

    Coach Randy Garcia's Lady Cardinals lost 5-1 to St. Michael’s in the championship, averting a shutout with Juliana Guerin’s 6-1, 7-6 sweep of Paloma Gomez at No. 1 singles.

  • Sheriff planning for Tasers

    San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil says he doesn’t need the County Commission’s permission to use Tasers.

    He announced last week that his department will start carrying the electroshock weapon in early June.

    That took county officials by surprise.

    Previously, the commission had taken up the issue of whether the sheriff should be allowed to carry Tasers. At one point, county officials asked Vigil to come up with a policy.

  • Silva bullet

    Manuel Silva, a senior at West Las Vegas, recently captured high-point athlete honors in the Fort Sumner Fox and Vixen Relays.

    Silva accumulated 25 points in various throwing events. He took first place in the shot put with a toss of 42 feet, 5 inches, and won the javelin with a 120-6.5. Additionally, he threw the discus 100 feet even, good for third place among large-school competitors. He also was runner-up in the 400-meter dash in 57.73 seconds.

    As a team, West had 112.5 team points in the large-school boys’ standings, second to Hope Christian (199.5).