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Columns

  • Kids need consequences

    My name is Ray Gallegos, and I was born in Las Vegas, N.M. I retired from education last year and have more than 35 years of educational experience as a teacher and administrator. My role as a single parent of two daughters may prove to be the most credible of my qualifications to comment on education.

  • Nuestra Historia: Optic has seen 10 owners since 1879

    In its 134-year history, the Optic has changed ownership 10 times, though three of those owners held the newspaper for less than two years. After Hub Kane died of a sudden heart attack in 1947, the Optic was run by a board of trustees headed by attorney Louis C. Ilfeld (Charles Ilfeld’s son), and included Kane’s widow, Helen Kelly Kane. The trustees and Mrs. Kane ran the paper for a brief period, but less than a year after Hub Kane’s death, the Optic was sold to Orville E. Priestly.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Impacts on emergency response, roads

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The articles 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 — Who’s responsible for alphabet?

    Thumbing through the pages of a website called The Straight Dope, I came across a question that is totally relevant during May, the month of graduations.

    Someone on the website asked, “Why is the alphabet in alphabetical order?” The reader adds, “Who decided A was the first letter, B was the second, and so on?”

  • Another Perspective - Better strategy needed

    By Paula Garcia

    The people of Mora County care deeply about protecting our way of life and have taken a strong stand in defense of our land and water.

  • Nuestra Historia: Optic was mum during Magee spectacle

    The Optic’s fourth owner, H. W. (Hub) Kane, was from Chicago and came to New Mexico as an engineer following WWI, working in water conservation and irrigation in the Raton area. Apparently finding journalism more alluring than the profession he had trained for at the University of Kansas, Kane left engineering to become a reporter and editor for the Raton Range, and later the Springer Times.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Financial impact to property owners

    By Percyne Gardner

  • Work of Art — Now that’s a gentleman

    It was a great feeling, reading the letter by a true gentleman. And maybe a scholar too, who wrote articulately, in a balanced manner and laid the blame at the altar of politicians.

    Let me explain: The letter writer’s identify is still a secret, but we do know that he’s a wrestler from Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque who was in the middle of an exam at the time the court case he was involved in was taking place. That made it impossible for him to attend the court hearing; his attorney read the letter for him.

  • Another Perspective - We deserve a better mayor

    Organizers of the effort to recall Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. did not decide to undertake this effort lightly, or for trivial reasons, or around a single issue. The reasons for this recall effort have already been misrepresented, and so we are setting the record straight.

  • Nuestra Historia: . . . back to the Optic, since Kistler

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    We found him.

    When we began this series about Las Vegas newspapers, we noted with disappointment that no photograph existed of Russell A. Kistler, the Optic’s founder. We have since discovered Kistler’s long-lost picture, and thank Ray John de Aragon for making it available and allowing us to run the photo with today’s column.