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Today's News

  • Work of Art: The benefits of laughter

    Several people commented on the piece about the demolition of Mortimer Hall, the Highlands building at Eighth and National that was cleared to make room for a new student center. In that building, as mentioned in a previous column, was “The Door.” On it I kept humorous headlines from various newspapers.

    In one move around Mortimer Hall, it was easier to move the entire door to a new location than to apply an Exacto knife to remove the clippings. But let’s be clear: The door was of the standard institutional variety, and it held up pounds of profundity.

  • Cards hold on in East-West game

    Justin Bustos made a living at the foul line Monday night, going 10 for 12 at the charity stripe, and tallied 21 total points to lead Robertson to a 73-63 boys’ basketball win over crosstown rival West Las Vegas at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Bustos swished his first 10 free throws, all in the fourth quarter, before missing twice in his last trip to the foul line.

    The Cardinals (15-5 overall, 3-3 District 2-3A) got what they were looking for — a bounce-back game after consecutive district losses to leader Santa Fe Indian School (6-0) and Pojoaque Valley.

  • Sheriff Vigil to run for second term

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil plans to run for a second term, saying he has a plan to strengthen the Sheriff’s Department if the County Commission goes along.

    Vigil, who has 35 years in law enforcement, is the third person to announce his intention to run. Las Vegas Police Department detective Roy Pacheco and district attorney’s office investigator Tony Valdez have already announced they’re running.

    “I want to continue protecting and serving the citizens of the community. I have always enjoyed working with the people,” the sheriff said.

  • Rangers reap recognition

    Three Mora Ranger boys’ basketball players recently brought home medals recognizing both on- and off-court accomplishment.

    Tyler Martinez was named to the all-tournament team of the 62nd annual Northern Rio Grande Tournament hosted by Pojoaque Valley High School in Jacona. The Rangers, coached by Hank Laumbach, finished sixth in the tournament.

    Additionally, Leo Paul Pacheco was among those honored for outstanding sportsmanship qualities, and Joshua D. Garcia was saluted for his academic work.

  • Letter: Anonymous comments cowardly

    This is my second letter to the Optic regarding (online reader comments) about Phil Warfield (Re: front-page story on Jan. 29). The first was Jan. 30 sent by the Postal Service and today, Feb. 2, sent by e-mail.

  • Editorial: Equality, not sameness

    A disturbing proposal came before the Farmington City Commission last week, and after reading about it in an Associated Press report, our first thought was that some sort of white supremacy group had infiltrated that city. Our knee-jerk reaction was that it only goes to show just how far we have to go to achieve equality in our nation. But our second thought was that perhaps this little news item is a good opportunity to reflect on just what equality is, and how it’s achieved.

  • One step back, one step forward

    Maybe games on back-to-back days isn’t such a bad idea, at least not when the first one doesn’t go your way.

    On Saturday, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons picked up some quick redemption, ending a two-game slide in the District 2-3A schedule with a 48-35 victory over crosstown rival Robertson at Mike Marr Gym.

  • A dream wedding?

    Sometimes dreams do come true, especially as Joe Cocker once sang in his song, “With the help of my friends.”

    Until 6 p.m. Friday, Las Vegans can help a favorite son realize his dream marriage with a click of their mouses.

    For the last three years, a statewide contest has offered a lucky New Mexico couple a $50,000 wedding that includes wedding attire, the ceremony and the reception at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort near Albuquerque, and a seven-day honeymoon in Paris.

  • Official: Highlands is 'not an island'

    Highlands University officials are reviewing a master plan that proposes closing eastbound traffic on National Avenue, among other recommendations.

    The plan also includes the proposed $18 million student union center.

    Studio Southwest Architect Shary Adams said the center would have a theater, a ballroom, a book store, a cafe, rooftop gardens, governance chambers, and a two-tiered cafeteria.

    It will also have a skywalk from the student center to Donnelly Library.

  • As It Is: A collective yawn

    What is the public’s reaction so far to the March 2 municipal election?

    Likely a big yawn.

    Unlike previous elections, this one has generated little interest. That’s probably because there is only one name on the ballot for the races for mayor and municipal judge. Sure, the mayoral race has attracted two write-in candidates, but a successful write-in candidate is as common as a die-hard Republican on Montezuma Street.