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Today's News

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 3, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Councilors earn designations
    Las Vegas City Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and Dave Romero have received the Certified Municipal Official designation from the Municipal Officials Leadership Institute sponsored by the New Mexico Municipal League.  They received the official designation at the Municipal League’s 57th Annual Conference Aug. 28 in Albuquerque.

  • 5 things to know about New Mexico’s elections

    The Associated Press
    New Mexico voters will be choosing a lot more than a governor this November. They will also be electing a new attorney general and deciding whether Democrats will retain control of the state U.S. Senate seats and the statehouse. Here are five things to know about the midterm elections:

    U.S. Senate

  • Research center focuses on sustainable farming

    By Jennifer Rowland
    UWC-USA

    United World College-USA’s newest class spent a few days of their first week getting their hands dirty — literally. As part of their orientation, first-year students were charged with helping to construct a commercial grade high tunnel that will be used to grow produce this winter.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 3, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Up in the Tree” by Margaret Atwood. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Organ worth preserving

    More than a century ago, the editor of this newspaper advocated for this community to raise money to acquire an organ for what at the time was the recently built Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

    The organ cost $4,000, which, at the time, was a huge sum of money. But area residents dug deep and raised the funds necessary to make that vision a reality.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 3, 2014
  • Work of Art: Is it OK to pray?

    Remember those non-stop grammar lessons in school in which we’d spend long hours pondering whether a particular word was a verb or a noun?

    Yes, Sister Grammatica Correcta would drill us on parts of speech; she would use every inch of chalkboard space to diagram sentences, and to be sure, give us enthusiastic students an opportunity to strut our stuff. What fun!

    We had a particularly loud end-of-class bell that I prayed would ring. In that school, Immaculate Conception, it was OK to pray — in fact, it was encouraged and often required.

  • Weekend Roundup - It’s a start

    Joseph Paul Griego and Dominic Lucero rushed for two touchdowns apiece, and Amos Rivera ran a fumble 84 yards to paydirt to help Robertson defeat Portales 33-20 on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

    Those big plays helped the defending state champion Cardinals overcome five turnovers as both teams made their season debut in Class 4A football.

    The teams combined for one first down and four punts to start the game.

  • High hopes for Beasties

    Great expectations are the norm for Robertson High’s girls’ soccer program.

    This fall, with the return of two of New Mexico’s premier scoring threats to the lineup, there’s no telling how far the self-ascribed “Beastie Girls” can go.

    “We return eight seniors, many of whom were first and second-team all-district players,” noted third-year head coach Ian Williamson.

  • WLV soccer a construction project

    Comeback story indeed.

    At least it will be if it sticks.

    West Las Vegas is making another run at building a soccer program this fall, and the guy hired to do so insists he’s going to see it through.

    Paul Bonchi, whose most recent coaching experience was three years leading a U13 squad in the Las Vegas Youth Soccer League, is hoping to develop many of the same positives within the fledgling Lady Dons team.