Today's News

  • Throw out the rocking chair: We seniors are trippin'

    The term “weight training” might suggest a roomful of hard bodies in a gym working on building their six packs and puffing as they lift huge barbells.

    Flip the scene to the Night Owl, where Karen Topping, an exercise instructor, stands in front of a bar counter on which a sound system pipes out “Duke of Earl,” “The Wanderer,” and other blasts from the past. It is almost reminiscent of sock hops of the ‘60s.

  • Editorial: Giving thanks 2010

    Ahhh, Thanksgiving. A holiday like no other. The preparations are not so complicated, just a big meal if you so desire and maybe a family road trip. Plus, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a four-day weekend for shopping, ball games, leisure and a relaxing time with friends and family.

    Don’t forget the reason for the holiday. Take a moment to give thanks for all that’s good in your life.

    In that spirit, we offer up our annual thanksgiving expressions:

  • Senator: Why not unite districts?

    Most local politicians have an unofficial rule: Avoid any talk about uniting the two local school districts.

    At least one of their counterparts in another part of the state doesn’t consider the subject politically untouchable.

  • Letter: Coach is epitome of professionalism

    Recently, Las Vegas City Schools has received a great deal of negative publicity concerning their coaching staff.

    The purpose of this letter is not to dwell on the negative issues but to provide accolades for one of their outstanding coaches who is a fantastic young man. That person is Richard Martinez.

  • Warriors avenge previous defeats

    The remarkable turnaround season of the 2009 Robertson football team came to a close Saturday in Socorro, with the host Warriors taking a 7-3 squeaker in the Class 3A state quarterfinals.

    Socorro QB Zach Esquivel scored the afternoon’s lone touchdown on a goal-line plunge with 3:22 left in the first half.

    Robertson’s Keen Martinez nailed a 31-yard field goal as time expired in the half.

  • NMHU wrestlers tough in Greeley

    Led by wrestlers from the lower weight classes, the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team came away with some hardware won in its second tournament of the year.

    The Old Chicago Northern Colorado Open, hosted Sunday on the University of Northern Colorado campus, featured competitors from many different collegiate levels, including the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

  • Free dinner offered

    El Sombrero Restaurant is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner, as it has done for years.

    The meal will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant, 825 Mills Ave. The public is welcome. Takeout orders are available.  

    The restaurant hosts the dinner and receives help from volunteers throughout the community.

    For more information or to order a takeout meal, call 425-3705.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Thanks to you

    I came across a Dale Carnegie quotation a while back that says a lot more to me now than it might have in the past.

    “You can make     more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

    Since my affiliation with the Optic, my world has widened considerably. Yes, I had my “coterie,” made up of family, work, and social acquaintances, students and their families, and of course, my pal, Chien, the dog.

  • Two East employees on leave

    Two employees at Robertson High School have been placed on leave for “inappropriate” activities, the superintendent said Monday.

    Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed information that cheerleading coach Krystle King was placed on leave last week for allegations of “inappropriate behavior” and counselor Amadee Duran on suspicion of “inappropriate contact.”

  • Sipapu opening ‘record-breaking’

    For the seventh consecutive year, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, located northwest of Las Vegas and Mora off N.M. 518, earned the title of first resort to open in New Mexico while having a record-breaking opening weekend.

    More than 700 eager skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes last weekend, which more than doubled last year’s record-breaking attendance for both opening day and opening weekend, according to a news release from the resort.