Today's News

  • Open government advocates welcome ruling

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Citizens have a right to access public records kept by an independent contractor on behalf of state or local governments in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals ruled in a decision welcomed by open government advocates.

    The court’s ruling is important for preserving government transparency, particularly in an era when governments are privatizing many public services, Dolph Barnhouse, a lawyer for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government said Monday.

  • Relay for Life fundraiser set for West’s track field

    Submitted to the Optic

    Because cancer never sleeps, this Friday and Saturday, Las Vegas residents will come together to walk around the clock in the battle against cancer at Relay For Life of Las Vega s– a unique fundraising event held at West Las Vegas High School football and track field.

    This celebration of life will bring numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to fight back against the disease.

  • Que Pasa - August 1, 2012

    • New Mexico Territorial Brass Band in concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at Plaza Park (rain location Traveler’s Cafe, 1814 Plaza).
    • 2012 Las Vegas Relay for Life, starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4 at West Las Vegas High School. There will be live performances, entertainment, and activities for the whole family. Open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. This is a non-alcohol and non-smoking event.

  • Time to sue Makwa?

    Highlands University is in a jam. After having terminated “for convenience” the contract with Makwa Builders LLC and hiring Franken Construction to step in and complete the new student center, Highlands may have bitten off more than it can chew. Makwa is demanding the university pay it $3.2 million for work it and its subcontractors did and for the profits it would have made if allowed to complete the job.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 1, 2012
  • Work of Art - If this is Wednesday ...

    OSLO, NORWAY — A 1969 romantic comedy with almost the same title as this headline (should be Tuesday instead of Wednesday), humorously depicts the whirlwind nature of European travel itineraries.

    Never having been this far north, we opted to tack on an Atlantic coast week of travel to our customary two weeks in Denmark, where we visit our son Stanley Adam and his family, in July.

  • A rodeo legacy: Highlands standout keeping tradition alive — and kickin’

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University marketing major and rodeo team member Chelsea DeMott has received an academic scholarship for her success as an entrepreneur in organizing youth rodeos.

    The Galesburg Business & Technology Center in Illinois awarded DeMott the $1,000 scholarship. The 20-year-old is from Rio, a small rural community near Galesburg.

  • Clutch win
  • Cougars claw closer to crown

    The softball Kim Baros drilled Monday evening, off a pitch from Loretta Abreu-Martin, took on a life of its own once it jumped off the bat.

    The ball seemed intent on leaving the ballpark, slicing crisply past the second baseman and making an improbable bee-line across the bumpy outfield all the way to the fence in right center field.

    The Vida Encantada Cougars’ outfielders ultimately retrieved the ball, but not before Baros had darted all the way around for an inside-the-park home run.

  • Sounds win via walk-off; Sands honored by PCL

    In the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, Khris Davis scored from third off a single by  Nashville teammate Edwin Maysonet for a walk-off 4-3 win over visiting Albuquerque.

    The Isotopes (64-46) and Sounds (49-61) were to close their series on Tuesday. Albuquerque swept Nashville in a Sunday doubleheader 4-2 and 11-0.
    The Isotopes return to The Lab for a home set with the Las Vegas 51s Wednesday through Saturday. The ‘Topes then host Tucson Aug. 5-8.

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