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Today's News

  • Young to lead HU football

    New year, new Highlands football coach too.

    Eric Young has been hired as New Mexico Highlands University head football coach, the school’s athletic department announced on Thursday.

    Young most recently coached at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif. Young coached the Siskiyous Eagles for the past six seasons.

    "I'm excited to get started. This is a great opportunity to turn this program around and bring back the tradition of winning to NMHU football," Young said in a news release.

  • 2010: A look at the year’s top stories

    1 Over the last year, residents have clashed over how to regulate wind farms in San Miguel County, making it the Optic’s top story for 2010.

    The controversy brought out the issue of economic development.

    Many argued that opening the door to wind turbines would boost the area’s economy and increase tax revenue by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars every year.

    But others argued that turbines would adversely affect the area’s scenery, create constant noise for neighbors and kill wildlife.

  • Lady Cards 3rd in Goddard tourney

    Robertson came away with third place and a 2-1 record in this week’s Goddard tournament held in Roswell.

    Kassandra Tapia’s double-double performance of 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists fueled a 42-35 win over Santa Fe in Wednesday’s third-place game.

    Jamie Allen scored a dozen and grabbed eight boards for RHS. Shannen Lopez added 10 points.

    Allen and Tapia earned all-tourney selections.

  • RHS back in Stu final

    Having crowned its champion on Thursday night, the 57th Stu Clark Tournament is now a matter for history.

    (See the Optic’s Web site as well as this coming Monday’s print edition of the Optic for full details on day three, which unfolded after this issue went to press.)

    In Wednesday’s semifinals, Robertson endured a rugged clash against Bernalillo to reach the championship game for a second year in a row. West Las Vegas lost to bigger, faster West Mesa in the other semifinal.

    Wednesday highlights:

  • West girls bully Bernalillo by 18

    Not content with the perspective from the perimeter, Briana Montaño opted to get an up-close view of the basket on Wednesday night in West Las Vegas’ 62-44 romp over Bernalillo.

    Montaño got most of her points on hard-charging layups and scored 12 of her game-high 22 in the first half.

    Vanessa Lucero and Miranda Martinez added 10 points apiece as the No. 6 Lady Dons defeated the Class 4A Lady Spartans for the second time this season.

  • Year-end thumbs Our high country lowdown on 2010

    NO EASY ANSWERS. The year’s big story is, really, an old story, but with a new twist. An industry says it must impose certain standards on the community to succeed, and residents cry foul, saying the industry’s demands will have a negative impact on the their quality of life. The twist is, this time it’s a “clean” industry, seeking to convert wind into electricity, and residents are wanting more distance between their homes and the huge turbines that Invenergy wants to put on top of the Bernal Mesa.

  • Showing Mercy: Being who I am

    Who am I? That question lingered through my mind daily for years. I know I’m a partner, a daughter, an aunt, a granddaughter, a sister, a sister-in-law and a friend. But, really, who am I?

    I’m Hispanic, 5-foot-7, a woman, 31, a journalist by trade, a dreamer and I’m not stating my weight, unlike my colleague Art Trujillo. But more importantly, I happen to be in love with someone of the same sex. Yes, I am a lesbian and proud of who I am.

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora native becomes successful business owner

    Paula Griego Pope, a Mora native and graduate of Mora High School  has become a successful entrepreneur in Albuquerque. Paula and her husband started a yogurt shop which has been unique in its service to the public. Paula is the daughter of David and Rita Griego, both retired teachers of Mora High School.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Looking forward to a new year and wrapping up 2010

    Yes, my priorities change as I get older. Christmas and New Year celebrations are fun, but my favorite day is December 21, winter solstice day.  Whew! We have finally celebrated the shortest sunlit day and now every day will be a few more minutes longer.

    This has been a crazy weather year, and nothing has changed. I’ll be back off on creating a skating pond at Montezuma for the moment because we have not had enough really cold nights to make that necessary, deep, hard ice.

  • Noticias-Dec. 31, 2010

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.

    • A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.