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Today's News

  • LETTER: Rep. Garcia turned against a good bill

    The Health Security Act is New Mexico’s answer to unaffordable health care in New Mexico. It offers health coverage for all New Mexicans and at less cost than that of the present terrible system. Some people doubt this is possible so the plan is phased in over three years. If the numbers do not work out during the design and implementation phase, the program can be stopped.

  • COLUMN: Why so much coverage?

    Someone asked me the other day why the Optic gave more coverage to this month’s ouster of Utilities Director George Du Four than it did the six department directors fired by the City Council last summer.

    It’s true; the mass dismissals didn’t get as much attention.

    Why is that the case? Were we fair?

  • Program offered to West Students

    The West Las Vegas district is once again making available a summer program to younger students. It runs from July to August.

    The Kindergarten to 3 Plus Program is in its second year. The purpose of the K-3 Plus Program is to provide students entering kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade a head start on the regular school year by giving them 25 additional days of instruction in reading, math and other subject areas.

  • Lady Dons get even at RHS

    Last time these teams met — 11 days hence, to be exact — Robertson played every bit the spoiler, hanging around all game and then grabbing a big road win in the closing seconds.

    This time around, West Las Vegas’ girls did enough to prevent a repeat of that Feb. 5 result. And the Lady Cardinals’ poor shooting certainly played a role as well.

  • Campos silent on partnership bill

    State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, last year announced that he would support a domestic partnerships bill.

    Now it’s uncertain whether he will stick to that position.

    In an interview with the New Mexico Independent last week, Campos wouldn’t say how he would stand on domestic partnerships, which would extend many of the rights of married couples to same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

    Campos hasn’t returned the Optic’s calls on the issue over the last week.

  • Cowboy sluggers take two of three in Hobbs

    The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys went 2-1 in their weekend baseball series at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs.

    Highlands won the first game 16-2, lost the second game 13-11 and closed out the series with a win of 12-1. The Cowboys are now 6-5 on the season and have yet to start Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

     

    For more on the series, please see Tuesday's print version of the Optic.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cardinal wrestlers win 12th district title

    Five individual championships and two runner-up finishes helped the Robertson Cardinals run their string of district wrestling championships to an even dozen Saturday in Tucumcari.

    “Every wrestler stepped up thsi weekend and played a role,” said head coach Richard Martinez, who has presided over most of the team’s successful run.

  • EDITORIAL: Vote no on tax hike

    Prospective investors often look at a number of factors when considering putting their money into an organization — stability in management, soundness of decisions, financial practices.

    Taxpayers are no different.

    On March 3, voters will decide whether they want to increase property taxes to pay for projects across Luna Community College’s service area. Based on Luna’s track record of recent years, we urge taxpayers to vote no.

  • District wrestling tourney Saturday in Tucumcari

    For more than a decade, Robertson has used the district wrestling tournament as a springboard to glory in the state championship competition.

    The Cardinals have won three straight state titles and six of the last seven.

    RHS is again a favorite in the District 1A-3A duals, set to begin around 9 a.m. Saturday in Tucumcari.

    Daniel Martinez (152) has earned a slew of Outstanding Wrestler honors at various tournaments and is a two-time state champ as a sophomore.

    Wally Diaz (140) has three state titles to his credit and is in his senior campaign.

  • Rough Riders split with Dodge City

    Isaiah Dominguez gave the Luna Community College Rough Riders all the insurance they could have asked for on Monday afternoon.

    The Las Cruces freshman smashed a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring Manuel Chavez, Ricardo Taddy and himself to increase Luna’s lead to 8-3.

    Then Rough Rider pitcher Eric Jaramillo and the defense held up in the top of the seventh to preserve the victory over visiting Dodge City Community College.

    Earlier, Dodge City won the doubleheader's first game 13-2.