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Today's News

  • Letter: The veteran, the father, the hero

    Recently my father asked me to help compose a letter to the Veterans Administration. He said that the VA did not have any record of him being in Japan when he was wounded in Korea. I asked him if he had any letters or orders and he presented me with his discharge and, to my surprise, three letters recommended him for the Purple Hearts. As I read through the letters I was amazed that he had been wounded three times in one month. I researched more and found the name of the ship that transported him to Japan and the hospital he was in.

  • Cowgirls upset Division I NAU

    Things are looking up for the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team, which is coming off a major preseason upset of NCAA Division I Northern Arizona.

    The Cowgirls surprised the Lumberjills with a 66-62 victory on Friday, Nov. 6, in Flagstaff, Ariz.

    Sheena Cole, new to the lineup, led the Cowgirls with 17 points and four rebounds. Robertson High alumnus Jessica Armijo scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and snagged four rebounds and two steals. And Briana Gholston chipped in 9 points, nine boards and six steals.

  • Work of Art: Just wachate, amigo

    My dad, who lived almost 95 years and who passed away in 1998, might have believed that he and his own father invented the Spanish language. The few times I watched him become passionate about an issue often dealt with the language he so loved, usually a lament about the deterioration and especially adulteration of Spanish.

    Let me explain:

  • Man killed on National

    A man was killed after he allegedly beat up another in a case of road rage in central Las Vegas, police said.

    Richard Baca, 21, of Los Lunas was charged with an open count of murder. The victim, Benito Lemos, 22, a local postal carrier, died almost instantly after the suspect shot him in the chest, police said.

    The killing happened about 5:30 p.m. Monday at National Avenue and 12th Street.

  • Agencies conduct warrant roundup

    Area authorities arrested 26 people as part of a warrant roundup Friday, state and city police said. Another five turned themselves in, and many others showed up at court to pay their fines.

    According to a press release, 54 officers from 15 different agencies were part of the effort to apprehend those with arrest warrants. The officers took them to Magistrate Court on Seventh Street, where magistrate and municipal judges were on hand to hold hearings.

  • As It Is: To the mayor's credit

    A few weeks ago, someone asked me if I could name anything good that Mayor Tony Marquez has done.

    Much criticism of the mayor has appeared on our Viewpoints page in recent months, including in this column. That’s because Marquez has been embroiled in a number of controversies.

    But I came up with three things immediately for which I believed the mayor could take credit:

  • Bowl Birds

    With a 43-0 beatdown of crosstown rival West Las Vegas on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium, Robertson’s football team (7-3) cleared its last hurdle before the state playoffs.

    The Dons defense held its own against the Cardinals early on, but the punishing ground game began to wear out the Westsiders. After a scoreless first quarter, RHS got its first points on a 6-yard Dalan Abreu run at the 9:58 mark of the second. That scoring opportunity was set up by a blocked punt and a Robertson recovery at the WLV 7.

  • Weekend Roundup: Pecos' Varela takes state; Kazingo makes cut

    Pecos’ Antonio Varela won an individual state title in the state high school cross country championship meet Saturday in Rio Rancho. And roughly a thousand miles to the northeast, in Wayne, Neb., Highlands’ Nicaise Kazingo punched his ticket to the NCAA Division II nationals.

    NMAA state high school

    cross country championships

    Class 3A girls individual highlights

    1. Kate Norskog, St. Michael’s, 18:05.9

    2. Olivia Mermejo, Santa Fe Indian, 18:57.4

    3. Allycia Gashytewa, Zuni, 18:58.9

  • Editorial: Attorney misses point

    For seven months, the Optic has been trying to give you the side of interim Las Vegas City Attorney Carlos Quiñones. But he has refused to answer our calls or e-mails. Last week, he finally spoke out publicly — on a local radio station.

    Let’s give you some background: This fall, the attorney general determined that the city had violated the Inspection of Public Records Act by not giving to the Optic e-mails between the mayor and City Council members. When the Optic challenged him on this issue months ago, he replied, “you’re full of s---.”

  • UWC student dies after collapsing

    A United World College student last week died after collapsing during a birthday party, the school reported.

    First-year student Fawaz Lukman of Ghana was unable to be revived after he “inexplicably and suddenly” collapsed," said the college's president, Lisa Darling, in a statement.

    The students living in the Denali Dormitory were gathered in the home of their resident tutor — the faculty member who is in charge of their dorm — for a monthly celebration of birthdays with cake and ice cream when Lukman collapsed, Darling said.