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Today's News

  • RHS girls shut out Pojoaque

    As usual, the Pojoaque Elkettes brought their defense-first mentality to Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon.

    As usual, the Robertson Lady Cardinals were ready.

    RHS scored both goals in the first half and held on for a 2-0 win in district girls’ soccer action. The Lady Cards improved to 11-6 overall and 2-0 in district with three matches left. They play at perennial state title hopeful Santa Fe Prep on Friday, then close with road matches next week at district foes Pojoaque and Moreno Valley.

  • From Pecos to Australia

    Submitted to the Optic

    Eight Students representing Pecos Middle School and Pecos High School will travel to Australia from Nov. 11 to 25, 2008, to participate in RACV Energy Breakthrough Competition.

    The Pecos Independent School District has been selected by the Center for Relational Learning to participate in the RACV Energy Breakthrough program in Maryborough Victoria, Australia.

    The event will focus on innovative energy competitions that include categories such as, Innovations in Technology; Pushcarts;

  • Los Tropicales nominated for seven awards

    Local band Los Tropicales, in its first-ever submission to the The New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association, has been nominated seven times in four categories.

    Their CD, “Crossing Borders,” has been a regional success since its release in 2007, and their numerous performances throughout New Mexico have been enthusiastically received. Performing on the CD are Mike Romero on vocals and guitars, Leroy “Pato” Lucero on vocals, bass and percussion, Lee Norman Gonzales on vocals, guitar and saxophones, Steve Leger on trumpet, flute, piccolo and percussion.

  • Word play, lies and spin

    From time to time, the media have been criticized for avoiding the word “lie.” Instead, when a newsmaker is caught in a fabrication of the truth, journalists tend to prefer milder terminology, such as “mislead” or “stretch the truth.” We at the Optic are no exception; we don’t like to accuse someone of lying unless it is blatantly obvious that he or she intentionally did so.

  • Going on to college

    Someone once told me that hard work pays off. Honestly it has; I’m about to graduate and start this thing called life. But no one ever told me that starting life outside of high school was going to be so complicated.

    There is so much to do when it comes to college: picking the right college, writing resumes, getting letters of recommendation, finding a scholarship and taking the ACT and SAT tests.

    It doesn’t sound so complicated but when it comes down to it, there is so much stuff you have to do it’s impossible to know where to start.

  • Ilfeld's free features

    Feature films in an historic auditorium. Popcorn, snacks and refreshments on sale. Free admission, open to the public. Conveniently located.

    It’s too good to be true, right?

    Really, it’s just too good. The historic Ilfeld Auditorium’s Cineflex program shows a variety of first-run films and documentaries free to NMHU students and the public Wednesdays from fall through the spring.

  • Witness to war

    Dr. Charlie Clements speaks at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at United World College, on the topic of his book and award-winning documentary, “Witness to War.”

    Clements is a human rights activist and public health physician.

    Throughout the years, Clements has faced several moral dilemmas that shaped his life. As a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy who had flown more than 50 missions in the Vietnam War, he decided the war was immoral and refused to fly missions in support of the invasion of Cambodia.

  • Work of Art - Is Joe Six-Pack impressed?

    One of the things that make a reporter’s job difficult is the ever-popular “no comment,” uttered by politicians to reporters who make them squirm.

    Even back in the ‘50s, the TV producers of the popular sit-com “Dobie Gillis” were aware of the face-saving remark and had Maynard G. Krebs tutoring Gillis, played by Dwayne Hickman, in saying “no comment” before running for high school student council.

  • Highlands homecoming nears

    New Mexico Highlands University celebrates homecoming 2008 with a full week of events under the theme “Let’s Ride.”

    Student Senate President Nicole Parra-Perez said some of the highlights during this year’s homecoming week include Tuesday’s HU Idol event at the ballroom — a takeoff on American Idol, with lots of talented people competing for the title as Highlands Idol.

  • County planning to get state funds

    San Miguel County is taking the first steps to seek funding from the state Legislature, which convenes in January.

    This week, the County Commission generally agreed with County Manager Les Montoya’s recommendations for requests for legislative funding.

    Montoya’s top requests include:

    • Hydrological assessment to see how much water there is in high-growth rural areas. This request would be in conjunction with the city of Las Vegas.