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Today's News

  • The New Year is here

    So finally 2009 is here. This has been a year I’ve been anticipating for a really long time. This is the year I finally start my life. Graduation is around the corner and so are all the opportunities that lie ahead.

    I have to say, bringing in the New Year was not so shabby. All my family was together and having a blast. Now I don’t think you could call my aunty’s party a party — a fiesta sounds more like it.

  • COLUMN: What it was — back then

    The New Year has ushered in some nice or not-so-nice weather — wind, snow, even sunshine. It reminds one of the old exaggeration, “When I was your age, we had to walk X miles to school in all kinds of weather, uphill both ways.”

    Incidentally, in my hometown, Gallup, walking uphill both ways was a truism; no matter where you started out, there was a hill to climb — no kidding! We call our residential Green Street “Elephant Hill.”

  • Narcotics suspect convicted

    A man accused of selling crack cocaine was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to the crime.

    With a warrant to search a home, authorities found Manuel “Melo” Aragon with 52 rocks of crack cocaine, according to a press release from District Attorney Richard Flores.

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1131 in Mora, we bid farewell to Ricky, with much respect and honor for his service to our auxiliary, as a faithful friend and talented correspondent in promoting our needs in the Las Vegas Optic.  

    We thank his wife, Kosuzu, for always being his side helper. We hope his family will always treasure their memories with Ricky.  

    We are grateful for his military service and his unending patriotism to our country.

    Vaya con dios, Ricky, on your journey home.

    Odilia Cantrell

    Secretary

  • Metalsmithing demo at Tito's gallery

    Silver/goldsmith Tito Chavez is the featured artist during the January 10th Second Saturday festivities at Tito’s Gallery on Bridge Street in Old Town Las Vegas. He will demonstrate techniques such as fusing, popcorn casting, and water casting of silver at intervals throughout the day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The public is welcome and there is no charge.

  • Students show up at Highlands

    Statewide, national and international students, many seeing Las Vegas for the first time, checked in for orientation and housing assignments over the weekend at Highlands University.

    Margaret Mary Makoge left her home in sunny Cameroon and saw the snowflakes falling as she arrived in her new hometown.

    Makoge and other students spent Sunday afternoon moving their belongings and settling into their dorm rooms around campus with the help of new friends and university staff.

  • Mothers and daughters at the Tome

    When mothers and daughters start talking about a book they have just read, they connect on new levels even if they see the story differently.  A good example is the classic, “Pride and Prejudice.”

    Daughters may see the story as old fashioned and the older style English language difficult to understand.  Mothers may see the romance with its conflicts and misunderstandings as tender and endearing.

  • MONDAY MORNING STORY: Highlands expected to OK takeover; Santa Fe school approves letter of intent

    The College of Santa Fe has approved a proposal to let Highlands University take it over.

    On Friday, the college’s board of regents voted for a letter of intent to make the acquisition happen.

    Marcia Sullivan, the college’s spokeswoman, said this morning that the regents essentially approved the letter of intent presented by Highlands, making only a couple of small changes.

    “We’re confident that Highlands will be agreeable to the letter of intent,” she said.

  • Dons rule in Roswell

    In Roswell, the Dons went into “alien” territory and came away with a sweep, beating a stubborn New Mexico Military Institute team 72-66 on Friday and getting a 68-51 win over Class 4A Goddard.

    At NMMI, the Dons erased a 16-point second-period deficit for the come-from-behind win.

  • Cowboys, Mavericks reach stalemate on mat

    Fans of the New Mexico Highlands wrestling program celebrated their team’s homecoming Thursday night at the Wilson Complex, and the Cowboys made it entertaining.

    Down 11-0 in its dual meet with Mesa State, Highlands won five of the next seven matches to force a rare tie at 23-23.

    Jesse Feinsod, NMHU’s All-American 174-pounder, had arguably the most dominant performance of the evening in running his record to 14-4. He scored a 15-0 technical fall with a first-period clinic against Kyle Brightman.

    Far more competitive were the bouts at 165 and 197.