Today's News

  • Noticias - Sept. 19, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering counseling services to the community this semester. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Afghanistan quagmire

    United States involvement in Afghanistan isn’t going as well as anyone would like — and there are no easy solutions.

    The U.S. is up to about 100,000 troops fighting in this, the longest war in American history. Here are the costs for the U.S. so far in this 11-year conflict: In June, the tally hit the 2,000 mark for the number of service men and women killed, while the number of Americans injured in combat is approaching 7,000. And according to the National Priorities Project (costofwar.com), the U.S. has spent nearly $600 billion on this war.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 19, 2012
  • Work of Art - ‘You were never my age’

    “Why, when I was your age . . . “ It’s impossible to utter those six words, in that sequence, without having someone come up with, “Yes, we already know: You had to walk to school five miles, uphill both ways, in deep snow.”

    So I won’t be mentioning the daily trudges through snow, in freezing weather that lasted from December to December. Nor will I write about the distance of our treks.

  • Chavez breaks Taos meet record

    Forty-three seconds.

    In terms of rush-hour traffic, that’s not a whole lot of time — maybe enough to check your cell phone or to surf the radio for better music.

    In terms of a cross country race, it’s plenty.

    Alonzo Chavez of Mora shredded the old course record of the Taos Invitational by 43 seconds on Saturday, easily winning the individual boys’ championship.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 19, 2012

    Cross country
    • Valley Middle School, West Las Vegas Middle School at Los Alamos, TBA, Los Alamos
    • Robertson boys at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • Robertson girls at Pojoaque Valley, 6 p.m., Jacona

    • Memorial Middle School at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Robertson girls (A,B) vs. Capital, 3:30 p.m., RHS field

  • Touchdown!
  • NMHU runners in NCAA Preview: Chavez, Samano cross finish line first

    Highlands teammates Henrique Chavez and Ismael Samano ran to a photo finish at the front of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s NCAA Preview Cross Country Meet on Monday.

    Notably, the one-two finish by Chavez and Samano bested the runners fielded by perennial national juggernaut Adams State.

    The course was a longer-than-usual 10-kilometer path hosted by RMAC school Regis University at the Willis Case Golf Course in Denver.

  • West teams sixth, seventh at Jemez

    Leroy “Caro” Armijo has gotten to like exposing his West Las Vegas cross country teams to the course at the annual Jemez Valley Invitational each fall.

    “Our times were different this week,” he said. “But it’s a different course. It’s rugged. A lot of hills.”

    “There’s one big hill, and if you don’t get out in front of it, you’ll get behind, and I don’t mean 100 yards behind. If you end up behind a slow runner, you end up losing a lot of time.”

  • Picks cost Manning, Broncos

    By Paul Newberry
    AP Sports Writer

    ATLANTA  — Matt Ryan made sure he threw the ball to his teammates.
    That was more than Peyton Manning could say.

    During a stunning first quarter, Manning was picked off once, then twice, then a third time.

    Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons seized on all the mistakes, building a big lead before halftime and holding off the Denver Broncos for a 27-21 victory Monday night.