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Today's News

  • Holm’s advice: Don’t sell yourself short

    “Perseverance” is more than just a catchy name for Friday night’s pro boxing card in the Meadow City.

    It’s a concept WIBA welterweight champion Holly Holm takes to heart.

    On Wednesday, amid a series of public appearances in town, Holm shared her story and some advice with an audience at Luna Community College.

    “Find every opportunity you can to better yourselves,” she said. “Don’t sell yourself short. Pursue and achieve your highest goals.”

  • LETTER: What about church, state separation?

    As a citizen of the United States of America and as a God (Judeo/Christian God) fearing person, I was surprised and outraged to read an article on ABC News Jake Trapper and Karen Travers report dated Aug. 19, that in a conference call with liberal and progressive religious leaders President Obama railed against those who were “bearing false witness” in the debate over health care reform.

  • Cops’ stories vary on search

    Authorities have conflicting explanations about a search of a woman’s home in public housing.

    At issue is resident Bernadette Varela’s dealings with Las Vegas police on Feb. 18.

    It turns out that officers went to her home twice that day. But the Police Department’s reports say nothing about a morning search, only referring to an afternoon visit.

  • NMHU runners ranked eighth in region

    Once again, New Mexico Highlands University’s men’s cross country team is ranked among the top 10 squads in the NCAA Division II Central Region.

    Coach Bob DeVries’ Cowboys are ranked eighth in a preseason poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

  • Pushing peace in Vegas

    The Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center celebrated its fifth anniversary in May. and it continues to serve the citizens of the Meadow City using a model based on the civil rights movement, whereby the community shapes the work.

    Twelve years ago, Patricia “Pat” Leahan arrived in Las Vegas to continue the work she had been doing in Minnesota in social work and teaching.

  • Fight night

    A preview of Friday night’s featured bouts:

    Holly Holm vs. Terri Blair

    WIBA welterweight

    championship, 10 rounds

    Holm, a 27-year-old Albuquerque area native, is the No. 1 ranked female welterweight in the world and a six-time Ring Magazine fighter of the year. In terms of credentials, she rates among the biggest names in boxing ever to grace the Meadow City, which has hosted fights by such luminaries as world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson and New Mexico boxing icon and multi-time world champ Johnny Tapia.

  • LETTER: The truer biblical meaning

    The recent article “Get both sides out there” characterized the Rainbow Club gay float as irrelevant and nonsense. The author opined that the Optic’s reporting of the event was “tragic” on the basis of certain Biblical passages that allegedly brand all homosexuality an “abomination.” He equated homosexuality to rape, incest, bestiality, and necrophilia. He challenged a public debate on homosexuality — the specific area was left open-ended.

  • Rash of burglaries reported in historic neighborhood

    The historic neighborhood on the east side has seen around 15 burglaries in recent weeks, says the leader of a residents’ group.

    The group has been issuing mass e-mails regularly about burglaries and other happenings in the area.

    Ron Wooten-Green, coordinator of the Historic North New Town Neighborhood Association, said most of the break-ins have been during the day.

    “The police are trying to solve them, and we’re trying to help,” Wooten-Green said.

  • Man accused in attack

    A Buena Vista man was arrested for allegedly attacking another man and threatening to kill him.

    Norman P. DeHerrera, 45, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing identity.

  • Resident fighting charge

    For more than a year, Las Vegas resident Lalo Sanchez has been fighting a charge of resisting and obstructing a police officer.

    He was found guilty in Municipal Court, but he appealed the matter to state District Court.

    Sanchez maintains that when police entered his property, he asked what they were doing. He said one of the officers “got nasty” with him, so he asked if the officer had a warrant.

    Sanchez said the officer replied by saying that he was under arrest for resisting and obstructing an officer.