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Today's News

  • Graham heads to nationals in outdoor track

    New Mexico Highlands University track All-American Angella Graham has qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in four events — the heptathlon, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash. Meanwhile, the Cowgirls’ 400-meter relay team, a provisional qualifier, found itself on the outside looking in.

    The national meet is May 27-29 in Charlotte, N.C.

  • As It Is: Not much scrutiny

    In a little more than a week, voters in two districts of San Miguel County will decide on their representatives on the County Commission.

    The commission doesn’t get much scrutiny from the public or the media.

    Part of the reason is that the county is a relatively smooth-running machine with little drama.

    But it’s also because county commissions in most places don’t get much attention.

    In a city, we’re closer together, and that results in many contentious issues — zoning, nuisances, public utilities such as water and sewer.

  • Letter: Speaking Spanish a political ploy

    Hey, all you English-only advocates, don’t you find it strange that all the politicians, and wannabes, politique in Spanish. It’s like these guys don’t know how to speak Spanish (or want to allow us to speak the language), except when they want something.

    Is this a form of “situation ethics” — kinda like Domenici promising, at every election, that he was going to have enforced the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

  • Carr, Bustillos All-Americans

    New Mexico Highlands University baseball players Jason Carr and David Bustillos have been named to the Daktronics Baseball All-America teams.

    Carr, a Mr. Everything for the Cowboys in the 2010 season, was named to the Daktronics All-America First Team and Bustillos received All-American Honorable Mention honors for his efforts in the 2010 season.

  • Budget includes raises for officials

    The West Las Vegas school board approved a budget last week that includes hefty raises for two top district officials.

    Members Caroline Lopez and Kenny Lujan voted against the document. They protested giving pay hikes to the two officials when the district was asking others to sacrifice in lean times.

    “This will hurt morale in the district. People who have heard about this are upset,” Lopez told the Optic.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu disagreed.

  • West class keeps its spirit to the end

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson said his heart was with the class of 2010. A major reason for that was his son, Spencer Parson, was among its graduates.

    Another reason was the class’ spirit, the longtime principal said during Saturday’s commencement ceremony.

    Just a day before, a dozen seniors painted the D (for Dons) on a hill near town — an annual ritual.

    They had scheduled the painting a few times before, but bad weather prevented them from going up the hill.

  • Hazing ringleader admits crimes

    SANTA FE -- Michael Gallegos, the ringleader behind the sexual assaults on his fellow Robertson High School football players nearly two years ago, admitted to the crimes Monday.

    In Santa Fe’s District Court, Gallegos pleaded guilty to counts of criminal sexual penetration, attempted criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy.

    Gallegos, the son of former City Councilman Michael Gallegos, apologized to his family and his former teammates. He said he could imagine how hard it has been for the victims.

  • Letter: Leather jackets, revolving doors

    As a Mora County citizen, I find the articles in the Optic about the Mora County school superintendent scenario this past six months fascinating.

    We are told Dora Romero, former superintendent, was relieved of her superintendent position because of the “slush fund” purchases to which she agreed for leather jackets, steak dinners, et al.

    Then, in the May 12 Optic, we read that one of the recipients of those leather jackets, and steak dinners, New Mexico State Rep. Thomas Garcia, is being interviewed for the Mora County superintendent position.

  • Editorial: Proud of New Mexico

    When people from other parts of the country see New Mexico and Arizona on a map, they see two square states and imagine a land of deserts and mountains. They likely see our two states as very similar.

    But when it comes to politics, the two states are quite different. Thankfully.

  • NMHU 11th in all-sport competition

    Boosted by a league championship in baseball, New Mexico Highlands University finished 11th among 14 schools in the annual Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Sports Competition Cup race.

    The RMAC awards points to each school based on its finish in the standings for each sport. A maximum of 100 points (given to the league champion) is awarded in each sport, and provided the school fielded a team in the sport, a minimum of 10 points is allotted.