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Columns

  • Nuestra Historia: ‘Learning Las Vegas’

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Believe it or not, despite the widespread fascination in recent years with all things Las Vegas, there is not an abundance of written history about our town. If not for Milton W. Callon, Lynn I. Perrigo and Maurilio E. Vigil, the story of the twin cities along the Gallinas might be nothing more than a passing narrative or isolated footnote in the chronicles of New Mexico history.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - What should be in the ordinance

    Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The columns were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org.

  • Work of Art — Just a harmless butt-pat

    Do men give other men friendly butt pats? Of course they do, especially when on the field. Somehow, the baseball field seems to be the most popular butt-patting venue, but you see it on and in football fields, basketball courts and baseball stadiums, whether in or out.

    But not in a courtroom.

  • Another Perspective - Recall: An abuse of democracy

    The proposed “Recall” is a bad idea because it is expensive, unjustified and circumvents the will of the majority.

    Democracy has Spoken: The Majority has selected Mayor Ortiz three times in the past three years.

  • Nuestra Historia: Index to Nuestra Historia, Part 2

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Noise pollution from production

    By Brad Turk

    For the Optic

  • Work of Art — All kinds of good stuff

    A delayed Christmas present for our three grandchildren was the promise of a trip to a place called Hinkle’s Family Center in Albuquerque. Replete with bumper cars, bungee jumping, bumper boats, a racetrack and video games, Hinkle’s must have hosted all of the Duke City on Sunday.

  • Dulcey Amargo - The big freeze!

    Even as a child, I looked forward to the warm days of summer. I wasn’t a sedentary child by choice, but a bout with rheumatic fever at about age 6, left me a bit fragile and caused me to be homebound for better than half of my second grade year of school.

  • Nuestra Historia: Index to Nuestra Historia, Part 1

    Many Optic readers have saved all or most Nuestra Historia articles since the column first appeared Jan. 7, 2011, and by now have accumulated a substantial pile of unruly clippings consisting of 126 separate columns containing more than 100,000 words.

    Scores of you have informed the writer that in attempting to retrieve a particular story, fact or photograph, your search through past columns has become time-consuming and cumbersome.

  • Work of Art — Sorry ­— we’re sold out

    “Let’s all go to the movies in Santa Fe to watch ‘Lincoln.’” The idea sounded great, until we discovered that all showings of that film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis had sold out, as in, “There will be no more tickets sold today, and probably not tomorrow.”

    As much as we believe in keeping our dollars in Las Vegas, there are times, when considering a new car or watching a new movie, that such just isn’t possible.

    Crestfallen, we returned home to wait until “Lincoln” might arrive here.