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  • Noticias - August 24, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Las Vegas Total Community Approach Program is available to  help anyone with a drug and alcohol problem get the help and treatment they need. The program provides free drug and alcohol evaluations and help with paying for treatment for anyone who qualifies. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 454-8151.
    • The Children’s Workshop is offering free child development screenings. The schedule an appointment, call 426-1760 or 454-0348.

  • Que Pasa - August 24, 2012

    • Music from Angel Fire, Las Vegas concert, 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University. Tickets $20 for adults, for patrons 30 and under with a valid I.D. $15 and students with a valid I.D. $10. Tickets are available at Media Arts Building across from Ilfeld, Pendaries Village, Plaza Hotel, and Semilla Natural Foods. For more information, call 575-377-3233 or 888-377-3300.


  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 24, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! AT IT AGAIN. Once again, Mora Independent School District Superintendent Thomas Garcia has stirred up a hornets nest, this time by taking action against the district’s music teacher Joaquin Maestas-Manuel, by suspending him for six weeks for vague reasons. The action has outraged parents, who consider this a personal vindetta rather than a legitimate problem.
    The real victims here, of course, are the students who are starting out the school year with a substitute teacher overseeing the watching of DVDs and other mindless classroom activities.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 24, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - A tale of two cities

    As in the Dickens classic, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, as East and West Las Vegas grew along the Gallinas River after the railroad arrived in 1879.

    For almost a century — except for a permutation from 1882 to 1884 — the twin cities existed as separate and independent municipalities, each with its own mayor, council, administration, police and fire departments. Though separated only by a modest river, their evolution would be strikingly dissimilar, always accentuated by a stark racial divide which set the two towns apart.

  • Another Perspective - City, acequias still wrestling over water rights

    Historically, there has been a thriving agricultural community in and around Las Vegas, based on the acequias — which can be understood as both physical structures to deliver water and communities of people with a proud tradition.

    In the 1950s, the New Mexico Supreme Court gave the City of Las Vegas the right to take as much water as it needed from the Gallinas River under the so-called Pueblo Water Rights Doctrine. Using this decision, the city gradually increased the amount of water it diverted from the river until it was sometimes taking all the water available.

  • Ely, Sands set Isotopes records

    On the mound and at the plate, respectively, John Ely and Jerry Sands have been the Albuquerque Isotopes’ dynamic duo this summer.

    Ely and Sands each earned a franchise record in recent Pacific Coast League baseball action even as the Isotopes (75-57) drew closer to clinching a playoff berth.

    Through Wednesday night, the team’s magic number was down to 10, thanks in part to a crucial 3-1 home series win over New Orleans, the ‘Topes’ nearest rival for the PCL American Southern Division title.

  • Repeat champion
  • Weekend scrimmages kick off fall sports slate

    Tired of waiting for the fall sports season to begin?

    If so, you’re not the only one.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s football, women’s soccer and volleyball teams are getting an early jump on the schedule with a triple shot of action this Saturday on campus.

    First up, it’s the NMHU volleyball team hosting an alumni match that brings back some of the program’s former players to the courts of the Wilson Complex. The match starts at 4 p.m.