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Today's News

  • Dulcey Amargo: We thought it worked

    In today’s column, Art Trujillo mentioned his granddaughter, Ellen, and a “mal ojo” incident. At a presentation on Latino folklore last week, an audience member referred to mal ojo. Subsequently, memories of experiences with this and other topics of Hispanic folklore (the learning of the people) surged in my consciousness.

  • Coach hopes for better at regionals

    Calling this past Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference cross country championships “pretty much a mixed bag for us,” New Mexico Highlands head coach Bob DeVries said he hopes for a much better effort in the regional meet two weeks from now in Wayne, Neb.

    NMHU placed seventh in each of the men’s and women’s races Saturday, a middle-of-the-pack showing in NCAA Division II’s most talent-heavy conference. Adams State, the owner of multiple national titles, cruised to team victories in both races.

  • State soccer pairings announced

    Pairings for the state high school soccer tournaments have been announced by the New Mexico Activities Association, and Robertson's boys and girls know who they're playing, when and where this weekend to open the postseason.

    Coach Clarence Montoya's Cardinals are the No. 8 seed in the Class 1A-3A boys' bracket and will host No. 9 Bloomfield at 3 p.m. Friday at RHS Field.

    The winner moves on to play No. 1 Sandia Prep at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the new Sue Cleveland High in Rio Rancho.

  • Officials disagree on runoff elections

    Neither Las Vegas’ mayor nor three of the four City Council members got a majority of the vote when they were elected.

    Only Councilwoman Diane Moore enjoys the distinction of clearing the 50 percent hurdle when she won in a landslide over then-Councilman Michael Montoya in 2006.

    Council members agree that some type of runoff is needed to ensure that council winners have majority support. But they differ over how to make this happen.

  • Dave's Drive-In: Bent for 'Leather'

    In the 1920s, professional football was regarded as something of an oddity, certainly no comparison to the glory of the college ranks; women sports writers were a novelty in the press box; and the guys on the gridiron wore simple leather caps for protection.

    That’s the America we’re introduced to in “Leatherheads,” a 2008 film co-authored by Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated. George Clooney directs and stars as Dodge Connelly, an aging back (and coach) for the Duluth Bulldogs pro team.

  • City gas rates to drop

    Mayor Tony Marquez says that Las Vegas city natural gas customers can expect to see lower rates this winter.

    “I am pleased to announce that based on market conditions, my staff has predicted that the cost of natural gas will go down this winter for the residents of Las Vegas,” Marquez said in a press release late last week.

  • How long will mayoral term be?

    It’s unclear whether the victor of next year’s mayoral election will serve four years or two.

    Since the city charter took effect nearly four decades ago, mayors have served two-year terms.

    The charter also called for two-year terms for municipal judges, but the city increased those terms to four years without changing the charter a couple of decades ago. It did so based on legal advice that state law required municipal judges to serve four-year terms.

  • Big insurance payment affects cash flow

    The city is watching its cash flow closely because it paid all of its insurance premiums for the year at once, rather than breaking out the bills into payments, officials say.

    Six city departments are over budget, in part, because of the city’s insurance payment in September. The insurance is for property, liability, workers compensation, law enforcement, and directors and officers.

  • Work of Art: Warding off 'mal ojo'

    Three of us were at La Kocina de Raphael earlier this month when we observed a ritual I’d not seen in 30 years.

    My son Stan, with his wife Lisbeth, with daughter Ellen Vestergaard, 7 months, joined me at the restaurant for lunch. In a nearby booth, behind Ellen, were three women who were causing my granddaughter to turn her head to see them. Ellen enjoyed the sights.

  • Editorial: Heads should roll

    We are outraged with the gross misspending of education money in the Mora school district. Heads should roll.

    Last week, State Auditor Hector Balderas exposed a slush fund that demonstrated incompetence at best and an arrogance of power at worst.

    The district’s superintendent, Dora Romero, sought the audit earlier this year after the Optic submitted a public records request in connection with thousands of dollars in spending for gifts and refreshments to area state lawmakers.