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Today's News

  • Four finalists named for Mora schools

    State Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, was originally considered the only applicant for Mora schools superintendent to have submitted all that was required in his application packet.

    With member George Trujillo absent, the school board on Tuesday unanimously picked four finalists: Garcia, a Luna Community College instructor; Herman Gallegos, former director of human resources for the Pueblo of Pojoaque; Norma Cavazos, director of support services for the Pecos schools; and Phil Kasper, a principal in the Cortez, Colo., schools.

  • Letter: Goodall visit was challenging

    Recently, while at Highlands University, I found out that Dr. Jane Goodall was visiting Las Vegas. I am a retired chemist and this was exciting news.  

    When I got to the Plaza Hotel, Dr. Goodall was viewing the science exhibits of the students from Los Niños school. I have to agree with Dr. Goodall in that the exhibits were very well done. I had been a science fair judge for 10 years and have seen few science projects done that well by students of any age in public school.

  • Lady Card linksters fifth

    High winds helped drive scores up this week at the Class 3A state golf championships, and the Robertson Lady Cardinals wound up fifth in the team standings.

    The tournament was held at New Mexico Tech course in Socorro.

    Robertson compiled a two-day team score of 831, three strokes behind Bosque and nine behind third-place St. Michael’s.

    Socorro (749) had the best round each day and held off Hot Springs (806) for the girls’ team title.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Social networking

    Recently, I got a wake-up call from individuals on my e-mail contact list. It appears that an Internet social network named Que Pasa informed my friends that I had invited them to sign on to the group.

    Not true! Anyhow, I hurriedly informed my key contacts that they should be wary because I feared that my contact list had been hijacked to recruit them; in short time, I received responses, and it appears many had been contacted in my name.  

  • Frankie vs. Johnny III is June 12

    Las Vegas’ Frankie Archuleta and former world champion Johnny Tapia will meet in the ring for a third (and decisive?) professional boxing match June 12 at the Ohkay Casino in Española.

    Archuleta and Tapia were the star attractions Wednesday at a public press conference hosted by Crespin’s Gym, part of a series of pre-fight publicity jaunts for the rivals. (Due to court-imposed obligations, Tapia was present only briefly, though he spent time in town earlier in the day — including lunch at Charlie’s.)

  • 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.