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Today's News

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... SEPTEMBER 11 RESIDUALS. On the eve of the ninth year since “our world changed,” we can’t help but ponder our national condition. We are winding down one war that we were deceptively pushed in to, while escalating another war that, had we kept our focus, may have been resolved years ago. And at home, we’re arguing over the right of a particular religion to build near our future national monument at ground zero.

    Let’s hope we’re doing better at the 10 anniversary.

  • NMHU junior honored

    It looks like Justin Wagar’s wishes for big-time offense on his New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team are coming true.

    Julissa Rodriguez, one of the Cowgirls’ key offseason acquisitions, scored three goals — a hat trick — and assisted on another in NMHU’s 4-1 defeat of St. Martin’s this past Sunday in Phoenix.

    In response, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honored Rodriguez as its Player of the Week.

  • 'Medical' claim not enough for pot grower

    An admitted marijuana grower is facing several drug-related charges after officers investigated a burglary in the area found the plants growing in his backyard, police say.

    John Emerick, 42, of 924 Tilden Street has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. The distribution charge is a fourth-degree felony while the others are misdemeanors, according to official records.

  • A passionate artist returns

    Gabriel Garcia has a passion for art that has lived in him since he was a young child. Now he wants to help others by expressing themselves through art.

    Garcia, the youngest child of Ralph and Frances Garcia of Las Vegas, is a humble and gentle soul who expresses his inner emotions and imagination on everything he creates. His life has always been filled with some form of art — drawing, crafts and music.

  • RHS homecoming on tap

    Robertson welcomes its alumni -- and the Española Sundevils -- to town Friday night for the Cardinals’ homecoming football game.

    Meanwhile, West Las Vegas plays at Tucumcari and the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys get ready to tangle with Oklahoma Panhandle State.

  • Letter: Remembering a sister's spirit

    My sister died on Aug. 29 of cancer. She bravely battled this wretched disease.  In Timothy, Chapter 4,  he said: “He peleado la buena batalla, he terminado la carrera, he guardado la fe.” In English, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

  • Letter: A well-written, reasonable letter

    I opened the Sept. 6 Optic to find what I thought was an opening volley in the race for New Mexico’s governor. Instead Susie Tsyitee’s letter was well-written, clear, to the point and, most importantly, it didn’t attack anyone. It was a pleasure reading her letter and while I may disagree with Ms. Tsyitee’s political preferences, I certainly will examine the stands of both candidates.

    Milton Deemer

    Las Vegas

     

  • EAST'S HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES

    This is homecoming week for the Las Vegas City Schools district. The following activities and events are planned for the remainder of this week:

    Wednesday

    • "Horror Day" in which student can dress as scary horror movie characters. Face masks are not allowed, but face painting is.

    Thursday

    • "Class Color Day" — seniors wear blue, juniors wear purple, sophomores wear green, and freshmen wear orange.

    Friday

  • Tough start for Cowgirl spikers

    The New Mexico Highlands University volleyball team kicked off its 2010 season over the weekend at the BritKare West Texas A& M University Lady Buff Classic in Canyon, Texas.

    The Cowgirls opened the tournament with the Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps.

    The Lady Chaps proved to be a tough competitor as they took three games from the Cowgirls. The Cowgirls fell to the Lady Chaps with scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-18 in their first match of the day.

  • Highlands' collective bargaining agreement OK'd

    After about an hour behind closed doors discussing a collective bargaining agreement with the university’s faculty, the Highlands Board of Regents unanimously approved a new agreement that does not include more money for professors.

    President Jim Fries thanked the board for its approval of the agreement and noted the bargaining process was exceptionally collaborative.