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Today's News

  • Permaculture's other 'green'

    In permaculture, we often talk about the design and creation of “invisible structures.” Invisible structures are the cultural constructs which make a community a community rather than just an assortment of isolated individuals in proximity.

    Such invisible systems are all around us. One such invisible structure is the system of currency.

  • Two men accused in local burglary

    Two Las Vegas men are accused of breaking into 19 storage units. Police say they’re returning stolen property back to the owners.

    Charged with multiple counts of burglary were Angel Juarez, 18, 504 Colonias, and Steven Martinez, 19, a resident in the Lakeside trailer park.

  • Pueblo has welcomed college football in style

    College football is back in Pueblo, Colo., and the crowds are there to prove it.

    Colorado State University at Pueblo reintroduced the sport this fall as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference after a 24-year absence. Thus far, the turnstiles show the program to be a hit — at least in fan support. Through three home games, the Thunderwolves have drawn an average of nearly 8,100 fans a game, according to CSUP. The Sept. 6 opener vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State attracted a crowd of nearly 10,000 — huge by NCAA Division II standards.

  • RHS, WLV join forces for good cause, good volleyball

    Their pink jerseys weren't the only similarity.

    One of the most competitive East-West volleyball matches in recent history provided entertainment to several hundred fans Thursday evening at Mike Marr Gym. Host Robertson prevailed with patience and poise that ultimately overcame West Las Vegas' energy in the decisive game four.

  • Women's club gives $3,000 for scholarships

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Women’s Club presented a check for $3,000 to the New Mexico Highlands University Foundation for scholarships to benefit three Highlands students.

    This year, the club awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Caroline Leigh Montoya, already a Highlands student, and $750 scholarships each to incoming freshman Felicia Lopez and Faith Romero, both 2008 graduates of West Las Vegas High School.

  • 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.