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Today's News

  • Editorial: A plus for Las Vegas

    Today, Highlands University officials will cut the ribbon for its new dorms. The truth is that the residence hall has been done for weeks; this ceremony is, of course, merely a formality.

    This was the biggest construction project in Las Vegas since Alta Vista Regional Hospital was built five years ago. And it’s a sign of the times for Highlands.

  • Editorial: Thumbs

    Thumb UP for ... AN ECONOMIC BOOSTER. The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally has only been around for four years, but it’s already become one of the state’s major biker events. Authorities estimate that some 3,500 motorcyclists showed up in the Meadow City — whatever way you cut it, that’s a shot in the arm for the local economy.

    The organizers of the event deserve kudos for their hard work all year long to produce an event that puts the town on the biker map.

  • Letter: Online posting was totally false

    Regarding the online Reader Comments under editorial Thumbs in the July 24 edition of the Optic, one of the statements was totally false. Mr. [Alexander] Milliken has made three separate purchases in the Ojitos Frios area in the past nine years. One was brokered by Margo Cutler Real Estate on was brokered by Michael Gregory Real Estate and the third was a private sale. Home and Land professionals LLC and Barbara Feldman have not had a role in any of the transaction involving Mr. Milliken.

  • Column: We have drank a lot

    As a lesson in semantics, I once quizzed my advanced students at Cuba High School, decades ago, on all the synonyms one can find for whatever right-minded people think of as objectionable.

    What about the word “drunk”? How many words did my honors students conjure up for the condition indicating one is “three sheets to the wind”? But by using even that expression, well, that shows how my heritage antedated Columbus.

  • Letter: Support for Repower America

    We need to revolutionize New Mexico into taking more responsibility for the condition of our environment, create jobs and create energy independence for America. Green Energy Housing wants to urge our community to support Repower America in their efforts to build jobs, create energy independence and reduce environmental pollution.

    Green Energy Housing LLC has been planning with the town of Taos projects that will create jobs, reduce carbon emissions, increase alternative energy to the electric grid and build homes and businesses that are green and energy efficient.

  • It's official: Dorms are ready

    Highlands University officially opened its new dorms Wednesday at the amphitheater on the south entrance near Washington and Ninth streets.

    Vice President for Student Affairs Judy Cordova-Romero welcomed a crowd of about 250 people and reminded them that they were gathered at the site of what used to be the the tallest building in northern New Mexico, referring to the highrise dorm’s demolished in 2007.

  • HU soccer team hosts camp

    The New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer coach and team will host  a soccer camp for local youth Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 6, at Perkins stadium on campus.

    The soccer camp hours are from 9-11:30 a.m. The camp is for boys and girls aged 5 to 14.  

    The cost of the 3-day camp is $30 for those who pre-register and $35 the day of the camp. Those who have not pre-registered are asked to please arrive early on camp day.

    Camp proceeds benefit the women’s soccer program.

  • City delays submission of budget

    City Manager Timothy Dodge says most people wouldn’t want to make expenditures from their checking account if they don’t know how much money is in it.

    The same goes for the city, he said.

    That’s how Dodge explained his decision to cancel, for the second time, a special City Council meeting to approve the city’s annual budget.

    The council was originally expected to take up the budget at a meeting Monday, but it was delayed until Wednesday. Now, the council is slated to address the budget at its regular meeting next Wednesday.

  • Letter: Need to really manage our waste

    What will it take to bring Las Vegas’ waste management into the 21st century?

  • Editorial: A good choice for Robertson

    The Las Vegas City Schools district made a good decision in hiring Eddie King as principal of Robertson High School. He fills an important role.

    King’s selection was the result of a process that involved administrators, teachers, parents and students.

    He started as an English and Spanish teacher with Memorial Middle School in 1981 and moved on to a similar position at Robertson High School in 1998. He has been Robertson’s assistant principal since 2007.