Today's News

  • Noticias - Jan. 2, 2013

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  • Que Pasa - Jan. 2, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

    • The Board of Trustees of the Tecolote Land Grant will hold its monthly meeting at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Tecolote Community Center.

  • Rodeo Club visit
  • Alta Vista Regional Hospital recognizes staff

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital recently recognized 25 employees for their years of service at its annual holiday party and service award banquet. Additionally, the 2012 Employee of the Year, Operational Director of the Year and Clinical Director of the Year were announced.

    Hospital staff who received their five-year service award were: Gloria Lopez, Ronell Montoya, Patricia Gallegos, Linda Salazar, Jerry Padilla, Dawn Chinn, Wilfred Tafoya, Zelda Garcia, Alyssa Wilson, Erica Encinias, Samuel Pekoc and Bruce Holmes.  

  • Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

    By Jim Kuhnhenn

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama on Sunday pledged to put his “full weight” behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

    In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama voiced skepticism about the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put armed guards in schools following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 2, 2013
  • Hopes for the new year

    With new years come fresh perspectives, at least in optimistic minds. Here are a few of our hopes for the new year:

    We hope the Castañeda Hotel’s purchase comes off without a hitch and its renovation pumps new energy into the Railroad and New Town districts. This imposing edifice from the olden days of East Las Vegas is long overdue for a massive makeover, and we’re hopeful that buyer Sloane McFarland makes the best of it. May he have strong community support in his efforts.

  • Work of Art - Be it resolved ...

    The seasons are confused. Where else would we the people lengthen the day, under something called Daylight Saving Time, when each day is already getting longer?

    Similarly, we shorten days that are already on their way to being abbreviated.

    And we play a lot with the presumed ending times. Well, I’m still here, as I assume most of you are, possibly to the disappointment of the Mayans, who told us the world was about to end a couple of weeks ago. Imagine the embarrassment of some who may have believed the end was to be the next day.

  • Jaguars claw to a repeat

    Weird calls. Technical fouls. Ejections. And some pretty darn good basketball.

    All of it added up to a wild finish that saw the Capital Jaguars defend their Stu Clark Tournament trophies against Phoenix’s Central High 58-53 on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Capital (11-1) won by setting the tempo and keeping the Bobcats’ conditioning and athleticism from becoming a major factor. And the Jaguars, who’ve won two tournaments and reached finals in three, showed poise in crunch time.

  • Pecos coasts past Mora in Tri-Cities

    Beating three opponents by an average of 36 points a game, the Pecos Panthers didn’t just win the Tri-Cities Tournament over the weekend in Mora.

    They served notice that they may well be the team to beat in Class 2A boys’ basketball this season.

    The coup de grace for coach Russ Gilmore’s Panthers came Saturday night against district archrival Mora. Pecos bombed the host Rangers 101-62 in the tourney’s title game. Darren DeHerrera (25) Brandon Quintana (24) and John Vigil (22) combined for 71 points.