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Today's News

  • State baseball: Lucero's no-no gives Robertson series opener

    Brandon Lucero threw a no-hitter Friday, putting the Robertson baseball team one win away from advancing to the Class 4A state quarterfinals.

    Robertson, the No. 3 seed, blanked visiting Sandia Prep 3-0 at Memorial Middle School’s Whorton Field. The best-of-three, first-round series resumes at 11 a.m. Saturday.

  • State track: Panthers in third after day one

    The Pecos Panthers sit in third place after day one of the small-school state track and field championships being held at UNM Track and Soccer Complex in Albuquerque.

    Only five events have been scored, but Pecos (13 points) trails Dexter (24) and Santa Fe Prep (18) in the 3A boys’ standings. All but one of the Panthers’ points came from their 2-3-4 finish in the 1,600-meter run final.

  • Corrections

    In one of the photos published in the “People & Faces” collage on Page B6 of the Sunday, April 29 print edition of the Optic, a child was misidentified. The child on the bicycle is Pearl Ortega, age 3 with Adaja Cunningham assisting.  The error occurred in page production.

  • Recycle, reuse, renew

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic
    The hour began with trash strewn all over the yard and empty blue bins plunked everywhere.

    Forty first-graders from the Early Childhood Center had a crash course in recycling at Highlands Recycling Center with the imitable Carmen Lopez, the center’s coordinator.

    Lopez gave the signal, and the kids dashed around picking up bottles, cans and cardboard and putting each item in the correct bin.

  • N.M. students ‘Stand for the Second’

    The Associated Press
    CARLSBAD  — New Mexico teenagers joined with students from across the U.S. in a school walkout to support gun ownership.

    Students from schools in Carlsbad, Albuquerque and Santa Fe participated in the movement Wednesday called “Stand for the Second,” which aims to raise awareness of Second Amendment rights.

  • Mora Schools locked down briefly

    Las Vegas Optic reports
    Students with Mora Independent Schools experienced a lockdown Thursday morning due to threats made on social media, said MISD Board Chairman Tranquilino Hurtado in a letter to parents posted on the district’s website.

    Hurtado said the Mora County Sheriff’s Office and state police officials concluded that the threat was not made on campus. The lockdown, which began about at 9:30 a.m., was lifted and classes resumed.
    The threats remain under investigation. A sheriff’s deputy was assigned to the campus.

  • Registration under way for summer Spanish Immersion Institute

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Registration is under way for the New Mexico Highlands Summer Spanish Immersion Institute that prepares teachers to take the New Mexico bilingual certification La Prueba exam.

    The university’s School of Education is presenting the institute May 29 through June 5 on its main campus in Las Vegas.

  • We need the new minds

    It’s as important for new people to run for office as it is for us to have clean water. However, like all water, there will need to be some filtering and testing.

    We know we can always find that one grandparent who says “Back in my day, we didn’t need all this fancy schmancy vetting of candidates. All we needed was the willingness and courage to run, a sound message and some decent priorities.”

  • Judging you, judging me, judging others

    By Rick Kraft

    “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Words of wisdom from Mother Teresa. Which is more important in our lives, judging others or loving them?

    In our lives, we spend a lot of time judging others. It happens daily, even hourly. There are two critical things to understand about judging others: We judge from our own personal framework and we often don’t have all the information about the person we are judging.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 6, 2018.