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Today's News

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Homemade brew almost caused her to choke

    September weather can be spectacular, and it surely was an absolutely perfect Sunday after last Sept. 11, when our neighboring community, Pendaries, hosted an area sampling of goods and more at the community center there. This was a real show, taste-and-tell event and we, the public, were asked to sample, visit with the various cooks and vote for our favorite foods.

    What could be better than cruising around tables of chiles, salsas and sips of our Mora County wines while visiting with friends and neighbors?

  • Heading out to nationals

    Submitted to the Optic

    Amador Gonzales, Michaela Vigil-Lujan, and Savannah Vigil-Lujan competed in the State Future Farmers of America Career Development Events Landscaping Design Competition and took first place as a team in April.

    Out of the 45 students competing, Gonzales placed first; Michaela Vigil-Lujan, placed fifth; and Savannah Vigil-Lujan placed eighth.  

    The main focus of Landscape Design is to “test the participant’s knowledge and skills necessary to plant and execute a recommended landscape plant for home grounds.”

  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 25, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: My 3-year-old daughter is going off to preschool. How will the school go about teaching her the basic skills of reading, writing and math? — Curious

    Answer: At this age, most preschools are teaching children the basic skills of reading, math and writing through many different fun activities and games. The instruction is not going to look like the more formal approach of kindergarten and first grade.

  • Young program inches forward

    Progress often is measured in small increments.

    For West Las Vegas’ fledgling girls’ soccer program, the last week has been an example of that.

    The Lady Dons, who compete at the junior varsity level for the third year since being introduced to the school’s athletic offerings, had a first-ever meeting with the Robertson JV on Monday, falling 8-3 at RHS Field. They followed that with a home game against Los Alamos. The Hilltopper juniors took an 11-1 rout that ended 16 minutes early due to the 10-goal rule.

  • Home meets get bumped

    A scheduling snafu is being blamed for the demise of this year’s Meadow City XC Invitational and the relocation of the NMHU XC Jam.

    Both meets are usually held in conjunction with one another, most often in late September at the Highlands golf course.

    It’s become a red-letter day for cross country aficionados and specifically fans of local college, high school and middle school runners. For the collegians and prep runners, it is their lone home meet of the season.

  • Dons fuel optimism

    Previews of this weekend’s gridiron action involving Meadow City teams:

    Robertson vs. Bernalillo, 7 p.m., Friday, Cardinal Stadium
    No. 1 ranked Robertson welcomes new District 2-4A addition Bernalillo to the fold on Friday night.
    The Cardinals are off to a 4-0 start, and while there are a couple close shaves in that record, the most recent game saw them convincingly dispatch Ruidoso 47-14.
    Robertson’s Joseph Paul Griego heads a potent rushing attack and is averaging 138.8 yards a game.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 23, 2016

    FRIDAY
    Cross country
    • Pecos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, 3 p.m., Albuquerque
    Football
    • Robertson vs. Bernalillo, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Pojoaque Valley (homecoming), 7 p.m., Herrera Complex
    Soccer
    • NMHU women at Black Hills State, 1 p.m., Spearfish, S.D.
    Volleyball
    • NMHU vs. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson at Sandia Prep tournament, TBA, Albuquerque

  • Green and Gold Pride
  • Police union contract approved

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a contract with the police union that city officials say will make Las Vegas more competitive with other area police departments.

    “I think our department was at risk of losing good officers and not keeping good officers,” said City Attorney Chico Gallegos, who presented the contract to the governing body. “What you see recognizes their key role and a genuine effort to compensate these men and women consistent with their effort and the risk they face on a regular bases.”

  • NM Painters Exhibition opens Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A brilliant blue New Mexico sky dominated by scudding clouds is the backdrop for a view of the foothills in Joel Greene’s oil painting, Interesting Clouds.

    Two colorful figures in bold Brazilian carnival masks stare straight ahead in Janet Stein Romero’s watercolor and gouache painting, Gemini Dancers.

    Pueblo walls curving beneath a swirling sky evoke the ancient pueblo culture of New Mexico in Clayton Campbell’s oil on panel painting Pueblo Viejo Triptych.