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Today's News

  • A passionate artist returns

    Gabriel Garcia has a passion for art that has lived in him since he was a young child. Now he wants to help others by expressing themselves through art.

    Garcia, the youngest child of Ralph and Frances Garcia of Las Vegas, is a humble and gentle soul who expresses his inner emotions and imagination on everything he creates. His life has always been filled with some form of art — drawing, crafts and music.

  • RHS homecoming on tap

    Robertson welcomes its alumni -- and the Española Sundevils -- to town Friday night for the Cardinals’ homecoming football game.

    Meanwhile, West Las Vegas plays at Tucumcari and the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys get ready to tangle with Oklahoma Panhandle State.

  • Letter: Remembering a sister's spirit

    My sister died on Aug. 29 of cancer. She bravely battled this wretched disease.  In Timothy, Chapter 4,  he said: “He peleado la buena batalla, he terminado la carrera, he guardado la fe.” In English, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

  • Letter: A well-written, reasonable letter

    I opened the Sept. 6 Optic to find what I thought was an opening volley in the race for New Mexico’s governor. Instead Susie Tsyitee’s letter was well-written, clear, to the point and, most importantly, it didn’t attack anyone. It was a pleasure reading her letter and while I may disagree with Ms. Tsyitee’s political preferences, I certainly will examine the stands of both candidates.

    Milton Deemer

    Las Vegas

     

  • EAST'S HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES

    This is homecoming week for the Las Vegas City Schools district. The following activities and events are planned for the remainder of this week:

    Wednesday

    • "Horror Day" in which student can dress as scary horror movie characters. Face masks are not allowed, but face painting is.

    Thursday

    • "Class Color Day" — seniors wear blue, juniors wear purple, sophomores wear green, and freshmen wear orange.

    Friday

  • Tough start for Cowgirl spikers

    The New Mexico Highlands University volleyball team kicked off its 2010 season over the weekend at the BritKare West Texas A& M University Lady Buff Classic in Canyon, Texas.

    The Cowgirls opened the tournament with the Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps.

    The Lady Chaps proved to be a tough competitor as they took three games from the Cowgirls. The Cowgirls fell to the Lady Chaps with scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-18 in their first match of the day.

  • Highlands' collective bargaining agreement OK'd

    After about an hour behind closed doors discussing a collective bargaining agreement with the university’s faculty, the Highlands Board of Regents unanimously approved a new agreement that does not include more money for professors.

    President Jim Fries thanked the board for its approval of the agreement and noted the bargaining process was exceptionally collaborative.

  • Campaigns move into high gear

    The Labor Day weekend is considered to be an important kickoff point for fall political campaigns. Only two months remain before the Nov. 2 election.

    And if this past weekend is any indication, northern New Mexico will not be ignored in this year’s hotly contested gubernatorial campaign.

    Susana Martinez, Doña Ana County district attorney and the Republican’s choice for governor, held a rally at Plaza Park in Las Vegas on Sunday evening. An estimated 500 people attended.

  • The Fiesta meeting

    When folks ask us if the Optic has an agenda, we readily admit that we do — pushing openness.

    In August, the Las Vegas Fiesta Council saw fit to kick out the public at the beginning of its meeting. That meant that City Councilwoman Diane Moore, 2009 Fiesta queen Carmela Montoya and an Optic reporter had to leave.

    The reason given: The council planned to discuss pending litigation.

  • Power Picks season gets started

    Today (10 p.m. Wednesday) is the deadline for readers like you to submit the first week’s worth of predictions in the Optic’s annual Power Picks football competition.