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Today's News

  • LETTER: Do good anyway

    People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self centered. Forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.

    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

    The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.

    Give the world your best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

  • Las Vegan wins diamond ring

    One might say that diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend, KFUN is.

    Gloria A. Gallegos got diamonds as an early Christmas present after her name was drawn Wednesday from a tumbler containing thousands of entrants in a promotion sponsored by radio station KFUN. Gallegos is the manager at the Wal-Mart Subway and filled out the ticket at Sun Loan & Tax Service.

    The 14-carat white gold ring, encrusted with 1/2 carats in diamonds, was to celebrate 67 years in broadcasting at KFUN. The station went on the air for the first time on Christmas Day 1941.

  • Longtime Mora correspondent dies

    Ricky DeHerrera, the Las Vegas Optic’s Mora County correspondent for more than three decades, died Friday in Albuquerque after a long illness.

    DeHerrera, 65, was surrounded by family when he died at 8:20 a.m. Friday at Presbyterian Hospital. He had been in and out of the hospital and therapy for about a month and a half before dying from kidney failure and other complications.

  • Stu Clark Tourney opens Monday

    For more than half a century, the Stu Clark Tournament has carved out a place for itself among the most cherished northern New Mexico holiday traditions. The anticipated annual boys’ basketball event enters year 55 today, with the first session tipping off at 1 p.m. at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex.

     

  • COLUMN: Sensible, sentimental or something

    Growing up in post-World War II, small-town New Mexico left its mark on many of us.

    We watched our mothers and grandmothers saving everything, in advance of running out of or being caught unawares. It didn’t matter that we were on the cusp of the “throw-away” mentality going into the ‘50s — saving, recycling — doesn't matter how you want to euphemize it, it’s the way it was.

  • Pecos boys to meet Cimarron in Tri-City conso final

    The Pecos Panthers are scheduled to meet Cimarron today at 4 for the consolation championship of the Tri-City Tournament.

    A 24-12 third quarter sent Pecos into the loser’s bracket of the Tri-City Friday against Peñasco in a 53-50 loss.

    “They came out intense in the third quarter,” said Panther head coach Clyde Sanchez. “We didn’t respond to their halftime adjustments. We actually gave it away.”

  • Residents help with blood efforts

    It will be a day of celebrating on Jan. 28 at the annual United Blood Services luncheon to honor hundreds of volunteer blood drives coordinators that host blood drives throughout New Mexico.

    Las Vegas will be represented by Chuck Griego, winner of the Outstanding Government Agency award, and Jackie Romero, winner of the Outstanding Collegiate Drive award. Winners were selected from coordinators throughout the state.

    Tribute will be paid to Griego and Romero and other coordinators at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thum ...BIG MEN, SOFT HEARTS. The Los Hermanos Motorcycle Club distributed 513 toys for children in its annual and appreciated Toys for Tots drive. Hundreds of children stood in line at Sala de Madrid for the chance to see Santa Claus and receive some brand-new toys; one family, who had fallen victim to a theft in which their presents were taken — got some extra gifts to make their Christmas better.

  • New law targets grafitti in Vegas

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved an ordinance targeting graffiti. Much of it reflects an existing state law.

    The ordinance makes defacing of another person’s property with a variety of materials, including charcoal, to be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine from $150 to up to $500, court costs, 40 hours of community service and a possible 90 days in jail in addition to payment of restitution for the property damage.

    It is already illegal in the state to do graffiti without the permission of the property owner.

  • COLUMN: Corruption in New Mexico

    SANTA FE — “Corruption is the most enduring tradition in New Mexico’s history.”

    Those are the words of my favorite historian, Dave Clary of Roswell reacting to last week’s column about New Mexico ranking low in a recent study to identify the most corrupt states in the nation.

    USA Today analyzed Department of Justice statistics for the past 10 years to find the states with the most convictions of public officials per 100,000 population.