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Today's News

  • LETTER: The soup kitchen

    The Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen operates completely on donations of food, money and time from volunteers in the community. For the first three years of operation, it served approximately 100-125 free meals per month. It started by being open once a week, on Thursday at noon in the basement of the First United Methodist Church. Since the price of gas started escalating a few months ago, the number has increased to between 600-650 free meals per month. An additional day was added in September when a free meal is also offered Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

  • LETTER: Mutual respect can negate abuse

    We all enjoy the holidays, but with the holidays come parties and of tendencies to drink too much.

  • Contract gives pay hike to teachers

    The Las Vegas City Schools district and its teachers have reached an agreement that includes pay raises.

    The teachers call the contract a major step forward in the history of its attempts to reach agreement on a contract.

    Theresa Chavez, president of the National Education Association local, is a second-grade teacher and 17-year veteran of the district.

  • Dons endure a scare in Cuba

    abian Varela scored 23 points and Derek Gold had 18 to propel West Las Vegas past a spirited Cuba team 77-75 on Saturday evening.

    The Dons came up with a critical defensive stop and Gold swished two free throws with nine seconds left to put the game just out of the host Rams’ reach.

    Cuba’s Jamito Chiquito had narrowed West’s lead to 74-72 by hitting a free throw with 40 seconds remaining, and the Rams had forced several turnovers in coming back from a double-digit deficit.

  • Wily Jaguars get past Robertson

    onathon Crespin and Isaiah Bustamante got the Capital Jaguars started Monday night at Mike Marr Gym. And those two also played the role of closers, securing a 45-32 win over host Robertson.

    A team stocked with upperclassmen who’ve been through a battle or two along the way, Capital exploited several turnovers by the considerably less experienced Cardinals in building its lead.

  • LETTER: Do good anyway

    People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self centered. Forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.

    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

    The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.

    Give the world your best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

  • Las Vegan wins diamond ring

    One might say that diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend, KFUN is.

    Gloria A. Gallegos got diamonds as an early Christmas present after her name was drawn Wednesday from a tumbler containing thousands of entrants in a promotion sponsored by radio station KFUN. Gallegos is the manager at the Wal-Mart Subway and filled out the ticket at Sun Loan & Tax Service.

    The 14-carat white gold ring, encrusted with 1/2 carats in diamonds, was to celebrate 67 years in broadcasting at KFUN. The station went on the air for the first time on Christmas Day 1941.

  • Longtime Mora correspondent dies

    Ricky DeHerrera, the Las Vegas Optic’s Mora County correspondent for more than three decades, died Friday in Albuquerque after a long illness.

    DeHerrera, 65, was surrounded by family when he died at 8:20 a.m. Friday at Presbyterian Hospital. He had been in and out of the hospital and therapy for about a month and a half before dying from kidney failure and other complications.

  • Stu Clark Tourney opens Monday

    For more than half a century, the Stu Clark Tournament has carved out a place for itself among the most cherished northern New Mexico holiday traditions. The anticipated annual boys’ basketball event enters year 55 today, with the first session tipping off at 1 p.m. at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

     

  • COLUMN: Sensible, sentimental or something

    Growing up in post-World War II, small-town New Mexico left its mark on many of us.

    We watched our mothers and grandmothers saving everything, in advance of running out of or being caught unawares. It didn’t matter that we were on the cusp of the “throw-away” mentality going into the ‘50s — saving, recycling — doesn't matter how you want to euphemize it, it’s the way it was.