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Today's News

  • AS IT IS: Governor has favored elites

    Bill Richardson has been New Mexico’s governor since 2003, and he has done some good things since taking the helm.

    His all-out effort against drunken driving has seen some success. And unlike his predecessors, Richardson has made economic development a priority, and that includes the film industry, which has benefitted Las Vegas.

  • Senior Profile: Gladys Hightower counts, and shares, her blessings

    She says, with deep conviction, “I had a blessed childhood.” Standing in the mid-morning breeze awaiting the opening of the Patriot Day 9-11 event at Carnegie Park, Gladys Dolores Hightower could be mistaken as “just another spectator,” but as she begins to sing the National Anthem, it becomes obvious to all that she is special. Nevertheless, she is somewhat self-effacing, saying, “I’m just ol’ Gladys.”

  • Officials laud East's budget

    Gabe Lucero, a Las Vegas City Schools board member, said he’s been hearing good things about the district’s budget outlook.

    Lucero said he was recently briefed by Business Manager Myrna Garcia.

    “I visited with Myrna on Friday, and all of you know Myrna, and how excited she gets when talking about money and numbers. She was really excited about where we were with the budget at the end of the fiscal  year.”

    Superintendent Romero told Lucero that the district is finally where it should be in getting its budget up-to-date.

  • So close! Cowboys lose by 2

    Every point mattered Saturday as host Western State edged New Mexico Highlands 21-19 in a meeting of two winless Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football teams in Gunnison, Colo.

    The Cowboys had drawn within two on a Jordan Mendoza-to-Kevon Williams 13-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left. But Wallace Lebrane fumbled on the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt.

    Earlier, the Mountaineers blocked a Luis Marin extra point kick that would have tied the game late in the third quarter.

    It’s as close as the Cowboys (0-4, 0-2 RMAC) have come to a win this season.

  • Vatos split on the road

    GUNNISON, Colo. — After defeating hapless Adam State College 32-0, the NMHU Vatos rugby club lost a close game 15-12 to host Western State College in Gunnison this past Saturday.

    It was the first time in 18 years and more than 40 matches that the Vatos (1-2) have lost to a fellow Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rugby team.

    For his hard tackling and running, alumnus Ryan Means was the “Man of the Match” for the Vatos.

  • Federal money available locally; indoor farmers market in works

    A federal official recently visited Las Vegas to talk about federal money available to the community.

    Terry Brunner, USDA rural development state director, said that New Mexico’s office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program has about $100 million  per year available through its regular program and $140 million in stimulus money available.  

    That money is available through an array of loan and grant programs, he said.

  • Homecoming triumph!

    It didn’t take long Friday night for the West Las Vegas Dons to end their scoreless drought.

    Five minutes and 25 seconds into West’s homecoming game with Crownpoint, George Martinez hit Spencer Parson for an 11-yard touchdown, giving the Dons their first points of the season.

    There would be more where that came from.

    Looking increasingly cohesive, the Dons scored six first-half touchdowns en route to a 49-6 victory in front of a couple thousand fans at Perkins Stadium.

  • LETTER: Dissent doesn't equal disrespect

    An open letter to Congressman Joe Wilson (and those who support his outburst):

    Presidents and their administrations come and go. This country was founded on principles and institutions — and not on individuals. The fastest way to erode the very foundations of this country is to legitimize the disrespect and contempt of these very foundations.

  • LETTER: Medicare is more efficient, too

    I would like to add to Glenn Yocum’s letter to the Optic published Sept. 11. Glenn’s letter indicated that he had received superior service from Medicare personnel than he did from any private insurer he contacted.  

    While I would echo his comments from my own experience, I would add something Glenn may not know. Medicare provides superior service at a much lower cost. The Medicare program spends 97 cents of every tax dollar they receive paying benefits and only 3 cents on administration.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The friends of Carnegie Library would like to extend an enormous thank you to the citizens and businesses of the city of Las Vegas for their overwhelming support of our annual raffle fundraiser. This year, we have five art pieces, donated by local artists that will each make a beautiful addition to the homes of our winners.