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Today's News

  • Letter: Days set aside for St. James, St. Ann

    The Mora Fiestas are just around the corner and they are always celebrated on St. James and St. Ann’s Days. My grandfather was named James, as are a couple of my grandkids. It was the custom in Northern New Mexico for all the men to ride horseback on the 25th of July, which was St. James Day, and on the 26th, St. Ann’s Day, all the women would ride horseback.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumb DOWN for ... A REAL JOURNALIST GONE. Walter Cronkite, longtime CBS News anchorman and managing editor, died this week at age 92. His passing is nostalgic for those of us who remember when journalism was a highly regarded profession, one in which even superhero characters found refuge in the calling to report truth and expose injustice.

  • Letter: Consolidation would hurt schools

    I found the Optic’s article on the Las Vegas school consolidations survey interesting. However, I thought I was somewhat biased, incomplete and misleading. My first impression was that most readers of the article would have a tendency to support the consolidation based on what was presented in the article. I arrived at the conclusion that various key factors were inadvertently omitted and it would be a travesty if people would support the consolidation without taking into account some of the concerns I’ve identified.

  • Abreu gets annual Marr scholarship

    Nathan Abreu, a 2009 Robertson High School graduate, has been selected as the recipient of the annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.

    The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Robertson student athlete who excelled academically and participated in the football program.

  • District: City not helping with parking

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero is unhappy with the city’s response in dealing with parking issues around Robertson High School.

    Ro-mero, along with a number of veteran school board members, said at last week’s board meeting that the city is trying to duck responsibility.

    “I received a call from Chief of Police Gary Gold. I appreciate Gary very much... I can tell in the conviction in his voice that he’s tired of being blamed for the parking issues around Robertson High School,” Romero said.

  • HU coach to lead U.S. team in China

    After experiencing unprecedented success this past basketball season, Joe Harge, Highlands Univesity’s head men’s basketball coach, is again putting Highlands athletics on the map.

    Harge has been chosen to lead the USA Select Team in the Asian Basketball Festival in Beijing, China for the next week.

  • Letter: Drilling and smoking in Mora County

    The public session to discuss gas drilling in Mora County turned out to be a walk down memory lane. I could hear echoes of statements made decades ago by representatives of the tobacco industry.

  • Soccer team pays respect to victims

    A tragedy occurred on Nov. 11, 2006, that shocked northern New Mexico.  

    A drunken driver speeding the wrong way down Interstate 25 slammed into a minivan, killing five members of a Las Vegas family. The crash killed Paul Gonzales; his wife, Renee Collins-Gonzales; and their daughters Jacqueline Gonzales, Selena Gonzales, and Alisha Garcia. Arissa Garcia, who has since graduated from West Las Vegas High School, was the sole survivor.

  • 10-year-old makes Duke City final

    This past week Jaci Fulgenzi, 10 years old, finished second in the Tennis Club of Albuquerque Junior Open, girls’ 10-and-under singles division.  

    Jaci defeated Christine Roerick of Albuquerque 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and followed up that win by defeating the tournament’s No. 2 seed Carmen Corley of Albuquerque 6-3, 6-0; in doing so she avenged an earlier summer loss. In Jaci’s first finals she was de-feated by Ivana Corley 6-1, 6-1.  

  • Wind Farms' effects on health

    On Thursday June 11, two speakers made presentations on Wind Turbine Noise to the Sustainable Las Vegas group. This meeting was part of SLV’s current efforts to inform the public about sustainable issues. This topic is especially timely since San Miguel County is currently revising their county wind ordinance to more adequately address the issue of the siting of large turbine wind towers.