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Today's News

  • Campaigns move into high gear

    The Labor Day weekend is considered to be an important kickoff point for fall political campaigns. Only two months remain before the Nov. 2 election.

    And if this past weekend is any indication, northern New Mexico will not be ignored in this year’s hotly contested gubernatorial campaign.

    Susana Martinez, Doña Ana County district attorney and the Republican’s choice for governor, held a rally at Plaza Park in Las Vegas on Sunday evening. An estimated 500 people attended.

  • The Fiesta meeting

    When folks ask us if the Optic has an agenda, we readily admit that we do — pushing openness.

    In August, the Las Vegas Fiesta Council saw fit to kick out the public at the beginning of its meeting. That meant that City Councilwoman Diane Moore, 2009 Fiesta queen Carmela Montoya and an Optic reporter had to leave.

    The reason given: The council planned to discuss pending litigation.

  • Power Picks season gets started

    Today (10 p.m. Wednesday) is the deadline for readers like you to submit the first week’s worth of predictions in the Optic’s annual Power Picks football competition.

  • Golf for a Good Cause

    In bragging rights and cash prizes (emphasis, perhaps, on the former), the 2010 Pendaries Pro-Am Golf Tournament proved to be lucrative for its record 125 participants.

    But the real winner, as has been the case in previous years, is charity.

    The tournament generated approximately $5,500 to be donated to the Ilfeld Foundation, reported Larry Webb, the Pendaries Golf Course’s PGA pro and an organizer of the annual tourney.

    A list of winners, their scores and prizes, by category:

    AMATEUR GROSS SCORES

    1. L. Luna, 66, $200

  • Air Force proposes area training

    The U.S. Air Force is interested in flying low over the region.

    In an advertisement that ran in Friday’s Las Vegas Optic, the Air Force announced that it is seeking public input regarding a proposal to establish a low-altitude tactical navigation, or LATN, area over northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The Air Force wants to do an assessment of the proposal to determine possible environmental consequences should the plan go through.

  • Roybal admits to '09 murder

    A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to 12-1/2 years in prison following a plea agreement and conviction in the murder of 51-year-old Terry Greer in 2009.

    Natividad Steve Roybal, 50, pleaded guilty to second-murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

  • Work of Art: Time to 'tutear'

    Last week’s column on the use of “tú” and “usted” taught me a word that I would have thought of purely as slang, something conjured up for the nonce, for lack of the precise word, like when we use “typiar” as Spanish for “to type.”

    We invent words. We give them the familiar Spanish verb ending and sometimes get by. To “wreckear” un carro is common, and to “watchar” one’s back has become a language staple for many.

  • Calendar

    TODAY HOY

    • Today’s Homecoming activites for the Las Vegas City Schools district. “Red and White Day” — The parade begins at 1 p.m. Participants line up at Fifth and Friedman at 11:30 a.m., Española vs. Robertson — game time is 7 p.m., with the coronation ceremony at halftime. Homecoming dance, for RHS students only, will be held immediately following the game.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • 1st Amendment is trump card

    It doesn’t take much for the government to violate people’s constitutional rights. That’s why Americans have to be ever-vigilant to prevent this from happening.

    We in the media have a special responsibility to fight this cause, given that our whole industry depends on the First Amendment.

  • MSU a rude visitor

    There were some upbeat moments for the New Mexico Highlands football team even in the face of an ugly 52-6 beatdown this past Thursday night at the hands of the 17th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs.

    One came in an otherwise brutal first half, when Vicente Gonzales unleashed a pretty 62-yard punt that the Cowboys stopped at the MSU 7-yard line to pin the Mustangs deep.