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Today's News

  • Lobo baseball camp coming to LV

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico will soon enter its final round of winter baseball camps before the start of the 2010 season, and the Meadow City is scheduled to be one of the camp sites.

    Players age 7-13 are advised to hurry to secure their spot in the final two camps, to be held on Jan. 17 in Las Vegas, N.M., and on Jan. 30 in Albuquerque at the West Mesa Little League Park. Cost is $100 per camper.

  • Letter: Enlightened irresponsibility

    As one of the uneducated, unenlightened elite, who for some reason does not know with absolute certainty when human life begins, I was surprised to learn that I was one of those anti-abortion people who are therefore “anti-women, anti-child, and pro-patriarchy.” Gosh, I always thought when a human fetus was allowed to come to term a human being was born, not Flipper or Rin-Tin-Tin. But what do I know, I’m only playing with half a deck according to Ms. Joan Krohn, because I oppose abortion.

  • Dunn's return shot in arm for HU

    As the leading rebounder and one of the leading scorers of last season’s record turnaround team, New Mexico Highlands post Chris Dunn made a major impact on the Cowboys’ fortunes in 2008-09.

    On Saturday, Dunn picked up where he left off. The athletic, rambunctious forward tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Cowboys to a 76-60 win over Carroll College, an NAIA school from Montana, on a neutral court in Denver.

  • Making a splash

    Miranda Martinez and Vanessa Lucero led an effective outside-inside punch, scoring 17 points apiece Monday afternoon in a 69-51 win over Grants in the first round of the Ben Lujan Invitational on the campus of Pojoaque High School.

    West (7-0) was to play Española (8-2) in one of two semifinals Tuesday night. The Lady Sundevils bullied Class 2A Peñasco 48-36 on Monday. In the other semifinal, host Pojoaque, a 32-28 winner over Cimarron, was to match up with Socorro, a 67-44 victor over Taos.

  • Dons 2-0 at home after rocking Ruidoso

    West Las Vegas boys’ basketball team has yet to win a game away from home this season. But the Dons have yet to lose in front of the home crowd at the Gillie Lopez Gym.

    WLV (2-5) held off a late surge by Ruidoso on Monday to prevail 63-58 on its home floor.

    Ryan Aragon scored seven of his 14 points in the opening quarter as the Dons took a 15-7 advantage. Aragon slashed to the hoop, drew a foul and completed a three-point play to make it 5-2. He then scored on a fast break, and took a pass from Anthony Madrid for another score the next time down.

  • Work of Art: Olive, the other reindeer

    Invention is the mother of necessity. Just because if it’s been manufactured, we must have one. A look at the spending frenzy Sunday night at Santa Fe’s Best Buy convinced me that the world is ending tomorrow, and if people don’t buy their gadgets immediately, there’s no hope.

    For the most part, I’m a practitioner of shopping at home, but what I needed was not available locally. As I saw people grabbing up flat-screen TVs, for less than $200, I wondered why the serious jolt to the economy doesn’t seem to have hit Santa Fe or Las Vegas.

  • Clear sidewalks, city says

    The city of Las Vegas is asking that people clear their sidewalks after snowstorms.

    A city ordinance makes it unlawful for tenants or owners of properties to allow any snow or ice to remain on a sidewalk next to a property for longer than 24 hours after snow has fallen or ice has formed.

    City code enforcement officers said they plan to focus on commercial districts and areas near schools. They start by issuing warnings; subsequent violations may result in tickets.

  • Editorial: Luna and the trades

    We’re glad to see Luna Community College continuing to emphasize to its vocational programs. It’s a great way to serve both its students, who need to go on to good-paying jobs, and area industries, which need well-qualified workers.

  • Las Vegas' annual report costs thousands

    Las Vegas city officials wanted to get the word out about its accomplishments over the last year, and it did so in an annual report released last month.

    The cost to taxpayers: $5,900.

    That’s a cost at least one city councilman and a mayoral candidate are questioning.

    The city mailed out the 16-page, glossy booklet to residents, its production costing $4,652 and postage $1,255.

  • As It Is: Stories that need to be told

    I don’t like writing domestic violence stories. I know that their publication has effects on families.

    But if the allegations are true, then the offender deserves the blame, not anyone else.

    I often look at Optic editions  from decades ago, and you see plenty of crime stories. What’s missing is reports of domestic violence. Does that mean such offenses never occurred back then? Of course not.

    In those days, law enforcement, the media and society in general considered domestic violence a private matter. It was between a man and a woman.