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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 29, 2013
  • Another Perspective - Reforms will help us compete

    At the beginning of the session, I called on the Legislature to pass reforms making New Mexico more competitive with neighboring states. The mandatory cuts in Washington, D.C. will disproportionately hurt our state, and while we will always fight to protect our labs and bases, we must simultaneously work to diversify our economy by building a stronger private sector.

    I’m pleased that by passing the New Mexico Jobs Package, we reached a bipartisan compromise that will help our economy grow by leveling the playing field with surrounding states.

  • Nuestra Historia - Why Highlands sits east of the Gallinas

    Many months ago, when we began our present tale of two cities, a variation of today’s article appeared in Nuestra Historia, to illustrate the great divide that existed early-on between East and West Las Vegas. As we conclude the story of the founding of Highlands University ­— to bring full circle the early struggle for the school — we present the column again, especially for those readers who have followed the story with interest, but may have missed the previous narrative.

  • Our Watershed - Its condition and threats

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

    When compared with heavily populated and largely urban or industrial watersheds, the Gallinas Watershed is in relatively good shape. But, if we expect it to continue supplying our water in to the future, we have to face some realities and maximize its performance and resilience to future threats.

  • Cardinals a mix of experience, youth

    The success of the Robertson boys’ basketball program in recent seasons has meant a consistent early-season test of the Cardinal baseball team’s depth.

    With several key teammates extending their hoops season by a couple weeks, the rest of the RHS sluggers have had to pick up the slack until the team is made whole in mid-March.

  • Dons, new coach are road warriors

    Chemistry shouldn’t be an issue for the West Las Vegas baseball team this spring.

    Much of the Dons varsity has ample experience playing together and for Ryan Gabaldon, who’s taken over the program as head coach.

    Not only had Gabaldon been a varsity assistant and middle school head coach for several years, he’s also coached many of his current players since they were members of his La Plaza Little League Cubs and All-Star lineups.

  • Go Fish - March 29, 2013

    FISHING REPORT, March 26:

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - March 29, 2013

    Friday
    Baseball
    • LCC at Frank Phillips (DH), noon, Borger, Texas
    • NMHU vs. Colorado School of Mines (DH), noon, Brandt Park
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Portales tourney, TBA, Portales
    Boxing
    • “Warehouse Rumble III” featuring Las Vegas natives Amanda Crespin, Michael Coca Gallegos, 6 p.m., Wool Warehouse, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • LCC vs. Frank Phillips (DH), 11 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU vs. Chadron State, 10 a.m., and Black Hills State, 2 p.m., Cowgirl Field

  • Students excel at competition

    Submitted to the Optic

    West Las Vegas Middle School has a chapter of Business Professionals of America with a respected tradition of success. Though nationally recognized, the chapter began the year with new leadership and very few experienced members.

    Nevertheless, the group learned how to conduct successful fundraisers, as it set forth upon its mission to compete at the state B.P.A. conference in events such as video production, website design, graphic design, spreadsheets and both prepared and extemporaneous speech earlier this month.

  • Mora County Notebook - Seed exchange welcomes spring

    Spring is really here now; at least the Mora Growers are planning on it, as they held their first annual seed exchange and workshop on Saturday at the meeting room at Tapetes de Lana in Mora.

    An enthusiastic crowd gathered to exchange ideas, seeds and friendship.