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Today's News

  • COLUMN: They leave by twos and threes

    Famous people die in threes, as in Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett Majors and Michael Jackson. Important people, not necessarily famous, pass away in pairs.

    Two people who have been close to my family, though probably unacquainted with each other, are Robert W. Johnston and Nea Escudero.

    First Bob.

    The name Johnston in Las Vegas is much less common than Johnson, without the “t.” Robert K. Johnston, a prolific writer of letters to the editor, for a time was confused with the Robert with a W in his name. I know both.

  • LETTER: Production class was a success

    Support for the film industry in Las Vegas is alive and moving forward. On June 13, a workshop was held for those interested in becoming employed in the film industry as a production assistant. Eighteen “students” attended and were instructed in many aspects of the industry, from preparing a resume, using a walkie-talkie to proper etiquette expected on a film set.

  • Santa Fe mourns teens’ deaths

    SANTA FE — Teary-eyed teens and grim-faced parents gathered Monday at a Santa Fe high school to mourn the deaths of four students killed in a weekend crash with a suspected drunken driver traveling the wrong way on a highway.

    They comforted one another and the parents of two girls who died in early Sunday’s wreck, talking quietly and scribbling messages on big poster boards at long tables filled with photos and flowers at Santa Fe Preparatory School.

  • LETTER: Professor used column in class

    After reading Mr. Jose J. Marquez’ letter to the editor on Monday, June 15, I would like to share the following letter I wrote Mr. David Giuliani to his e-mail address on June 8 on the same topic.

    “Dear David,

    “My name is Sara Harris. I know we have met, though I don’t expect you to remember me. I retired from teaching Spanish at Highlands in 2002 and have had the privilege of being able to teach there in different capacities in the Spanish, Education and Social Work Departments.

  • EDITORIAL: Shouldn't play

    We have no problem with the suspects in the assaults at last year’s Robertson High School football camp trying to get an education. In fact, we encourage that.

    Two of the six have pleaded guilty to taking part in the sodomizing of their teammates at the August camp. They were kicked out of Robertson, and their probation agreements bar them from returning to that school.

  • LETTER: Also opposed to cap-and-trade bill

    I was interested in Margaret George’s comments on HR 2454 cap-and-trade on June 5 (“Beware of the bill for cap-and-trade”). As it stands, it really is a very scary bill and should not be passed because of potential soaring costs and loss of freedom, to name just two reasons.

  • LETTER: County wise to hold off on tasers

    The San Miguel County Commission made a wise choice in holding off on approving Tasers until they have all of the information they need to make the choice of arming jail personnel and deputies.

  • Ex-Cardinal practices with West

    A former Robertson High School football player who pleaded guilty to attacking teammates during a camp last year practiced for three days recently with the West Las Vegas football team.

    The Optic called Superintendent Jim Abreu on Monday about whether Santiago Armijo or any of the other five assault suspects had practiced with the Dons football team. At the time, Abreu said no, but he later found out that Armijo had joined the team’s unofficial morning practices two times last week and on Monday.

  • LETTER: Editorial cartoon was an insult

    OK, so I have a different opinion than some people, but do I deserve to be ridiculed for it?

    In today’s political world, a common way to stifle the “opposition” is to denigrate them into submission. Unfortunately, many buckle to derision and choose silence rather than exercising their freedom to speak. The editorial cartoon in the June 12 issue of the Optic attempts to do that very thing.

  • Acequias laud pact with city

    William Gonzales says he and other farmers and ranchers have been working for years to get the city to sit down and talk about sharing water on the Gallinas River.

    And, by his account, they weren’t invited to the table until last year.

    Months of negotiations have resulted in a water-sharing agreement for this year. If it works out, it may be the basis for a permanent agreement.