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Today's News

  • Luna softballers chosen for international competition

    Luna Community College softball players Jennifer Inocencio, Brandi Rodriguez and Tomasita Smith have been selected to play on America’s Team that will compete in the Dominican Republic this summer.

    “Players are chosen on athletic ability, character and integrity as they will be ambassadors for softball, the college, community and America,” LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos said in a news release.

    The trio along with other college athletes will tour and compete in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Cabarete from July 27 to August 5.

  • Garcia may lead Mora schools

    State Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, is the only candidate who has met all the requirements in his application to become superintendent of the Mora schools.

    Nine people applied for the position, but only Garcia submitted all the required items for his application packet, said Katherine Valdez, an employee in the district’s central office.

    The school board was expected to interview Garcia at its meeting Tuesday night. The board wasn’t slated to make a decision at that time.

  • Work of Art: What a difference a plate makes

    “The reason I stopped you is that I noticed your license plate is lacking a comma between the word ‘Go’ and ‘Cowboys.’ Please exit the vehicle and provide proof you are in this country legally.”

    “Well, I, er, intended to insert that comma today, sir.”

    The dialogue was part of my dream, or rather, obsession now that I realize what a difference a plate makes — 24 little dollars. But that license plate, an official Highlands University prestige tag, has become a preoccupation and an attention-getter.

  • Why not Brandt?

    As NMHU’s baseball team prepares to make a four-hour drive west to Farmington, site of the NCAA Division II Central Regional that lists Highlands as host, some curious fans are asking:

    “Why Farmington? Why not Brandt Park, the Cowboys’ actual home field?”

    It’s a fair question, and as one fan who contacted the Optic pointed out, league rival Mesa State (in Grand Junction, Colo.) may have a shorter trip than NMHU.

  • Letter: Concerns about Mora County

    I asked my grandmother Rosalie Regensberg what would make her run from office again. She replied that with age also comes widsom and experience. Both of these virtues are something you do not learn in books. She also has other concerns.

  • Lady Dons going dancing
  • Commissioner, state representative forums this week

    Forums for San Miguel County Commission and state representative candidates are planned for Wednesday and Thursday.

    The forum for candidates for the District 1 and 3 County Commission seats will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands University’s G35 (Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall), which is next to Donnelly Library.

    The forum for District 70 state representative hopefuls is Thursday, with the same hours and place.

    The forums are sponsored by the Committee for the People and the Las Vegas Optic.

  • 70 percent of Highlands grads are women, president says

    Seventy percent of Highlands University’s graduates on Saturday were women.

    The capacity crowd at the 2010 commencement ceremony at Wilson Complex cheered the news the day before Mother’s Day.

    “What a tremendous and impressive statement,” Highlands President Jim Fries said to applause.

    Fries also noted that students on the main campus include 19 tribes, 43 states and 32 countries. He said 40 percent of students are studying at the master’s degree level.

  • State baseball ride ends for Las Vegas

    For being a couple of the state tournament’s longest-shot underdogs, Las Vegas’ two prep baseball teams put quite a scare into their heavily favored opponents on Saturday, miles from the Meadow City.

    Fifteenth seed Robertson led No. 2 Bloomfield much of their game but stumbled late in losing 7-5.

    To the south, 14th seed West Las Vegas kept close most of the way but fell at No. 3 Cobre by a 9-5 count.

  • Vatos put up a fight in regionals

    In Fort Worth, Texas, last weekend, the young Highlands University Vatos finished one win short of reaching the USA Rugby Sweet 16.

    In a big upset, the Vatos defeated Texas’ No. 1 Austin Rugby Club 13-7 before losing to Texas’ No. 2 Dallas, 25-10 in the semifinals.

    A 43-22 consolation loss for third place to Missouri No. 1 St Louis Rugby Club landed the Vatos with a fourth place trophy. The top three of eight regionals advance to the national final 16.