Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 16, 2011

    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the U.S. Forest Service located at 1926 Seventh St. For information please call 425-9088.

  • ‘As one community’

    Members of the East and West school boards are to be commended for their comments last week in support of consolidating Las Vegas’ two school districts.

    Their words nudged the community toward a renewed discussion about what’s best for the city and its schools.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 16, 2011
  • Work of Art: An internal optometrist

    Is there a chance Americans just don’t read as much as they used to? And if they do, have their reading habits and choice of material changed significantly? And can we count the texting-pecking exchanges on iPhone keyboards as reading?
    I ask this question earnestly. At the moment I don’t have access to data to verify or contradict what I believe. In this case, I’m just asking.

    A Highlands professor I really respect, back in the days when we used to eat dinosaurs, Elmer Schooley, made a believer of me.

  • NBA season ‘in jeopardy’

    By Brian Mahoney
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK  — NBA players rejected the league’s latest offer Monday and began disbanding the union, likely jeopardizing the season.

    “We’re prepared to file this antitrust action against the NBA,” union executive director Billy Hunter said. “That’s the best situation where players can get their due process.”

    And that’s a tragedy as far as NBA Commissioner David Stern is concerned.

  • Silver somewhat of a mystery

    So who are the Silver Colts?

    Robertson’s next opponent in the Class 3A football playoffs, Silver has established itself as a postseason regular in recent years. But because the Colts and Cardinals occupy opposite corners of the state, they don’t see one another very often. And their schedules are dotted with diverse opponents, making them virtual strangers to one another and making comparisons difficult.

  • RMAC teams in regionals

    Submitted to the Optic

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams received the top two seeds in the NCAA Football Super Regional Three, which was announced Monday evening from Indianapolis.

    Also moving on in the postseason are three RMAC volleyball teams.

    Twenty-four teams were selected to the NCAA Division II football tournament.

    The Super Regional Three consists of three conferences: RMAC, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

  • Three Vatos play for All-Stars

    Submitted to the Optic

    Three NMHU Vatos student-athletes were selected to play for the Eastern Rockies Rugby Union College All Star Team in the USA West Rugby Union All-Star Championships Nov. 5-6 in Kansas City, Kans.

    The Eastern Rockies All-Stars reached the finals before losing to the Heart of America All-Stars. The Texas All-Stars won the consolation.

    Vatos senior Estevan Martinez from Mora, junior Adrian McDuff from Dallas, and junior Jake Whiting from Los Angeles were highly applauded by Coach Micah Carter from Regis University in Denver.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Nov. 16, 2011

    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    No varsity sporting events scheduled

    • NMHU men vs. Midwestern State, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    • NMHU men vs. Colorado College, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    Cross country
    • NMHU (Nicaise Kazingo) in NCAA Division II Nationals, 9 a.m., Spokane, Wash.

  • Remembering Smokin’ Joe

    By Dan Gelston and Tim Dahlberg
    The Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA  — He beat Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, battled him nearly to the death in the Thrilla in Manila. Then Joe Frazier spent the rest of his life trying to fight his way out of Ali’s shadow.

    That was one fight Frazier never could win.

    He was once a heavyweight champion, and a great one at that. Ali would say as much after Frazier knocked him down in the 15th round en route to becoming the first man to beat Ali at Madison Square Garden in March 1971.