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Today's News

  • Free computer science camp next week at NMHU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Submitted to the Optic

  • Que Pasa - July 12, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Owl Hike, 6:30 p.m. dinner with the owl hike starting at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, July 12, meet at the refuge visitors center. Attendees are asked to bring a flashlight or headlamp and to wear hiking shoes. For more information, contact Debbie Pike at 425-3581 ext. 205.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 12, 2013

    THUMBS UP! FIESTAS A BIG SUCCESS
    A lot of credit for the smooth operation of the just-concluded 4th of July Fiestas goes to the committee that organized them. Equipment worked well, events were punctual, cleanup crews kept the park spiffy, and people left with good feelings. Of course, anyone who knows of recent drought conditions in this area appreciated the rain that got mixed in with the festivities.

    THUMBS UP! WHERE DID THAT CHORUS COME FROM?

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 12, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: How Gov. Cargo won San Miguel County, twice

    Gov. David Cargo loved San Miguel and Mora counties, and never tired of expressing his affection for the people of this area. A Republican, he was especially proud that both times he ran for governor he carried San Miguel County, a Democratic bastion.

  • Another Perspective - Schools not funded adequately

    Recent events at Las Vegas City Schools surrounding the budget have led to finger pointing and confusion. The local teachers’ union has resisted another cut in pay for teachers (in exchange for days off), also known as furlough days. Some people think that jobs may have been saved had the local NEA leadership agreed to the furloughs. While this may be true, there’s more to it than that.

  • Strong presence for Vegas teams

    SANTA ROSA — Four of the six District 4 Little League championships contested in sunny Santa Rosa this past week were scooped up by teams from the Meadow City.

    In three cases, the titles were ultimately decided in finals between Las Vegas Little League and La Plaza Little League squads.

    It was one of the strongest overall showings in years for the city’s youngsters.

    In baseball, local teams managed a clean sweep of the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 age divisions. Local softball teams combined for one title and two runner-up finishes.

  • Serna’s memory honored in hoops camp

    By Richard Tripp
    For the Las Vegas Optic

    Back in 2011, on a November Thursday evening, tragedy struck the community of Mora. It also struck the campus of Oklahoma State University as well as the hearts of many basketball coaches and fans alike.

    While returning from a recruiting trip for the Oklahoma State women’s basketball program, Mora native and assistant coach Miranda Serna and head coach Kurt Budke were killed in a plane crash in Perry County, Ark.

    To say the small community of Mora was in shock would be an understatement.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 12, 2013

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Taos Blizzard, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Basketball
    • Class 2A-3A North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Saturday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Raton Osos, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    Football
    • Class 2A-3A North-South football game, 6:30 p.m., Perkins Stadium

    Sunday
    Baseball
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. White Sands Pupfish, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park

  • last dance - North-South All-Star games take center stage

    It’s game time for the annual Class 2A-3A North-South All-Star week.

    Some of the top recently graduated senior basketball and football players from around New Mexico will compete in all-star games this weekend on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    Friday belongs to hoops, with the girls’ North-South game tipping off around 6 p.m. The boys’ game will follow. Both will take place at the Wilson Complex.

    On Saturday night at 6:30, the North-South football contest kicks off at Perkins Stadium.