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Today's News

  • From many points of view

    It’s not simply the responsibility of the editor of this newspaper to see things through his own point of view. It’s important for him to put himself in other people’s shoes.

    As a 45-year-old white male, raised in suburban Washington, D.C., that editor might see things through the lens of a unique set of experiences, but so has nearly everyone else his age.  One of the most important reasons to travel and live in multiple places is to see how the world looks through the eyes of so many different kinds of humans — and other species.

  • Raising two people up with one act

    It’s been a difficult day. Nothing seems to have gone right. The day started bad and then got worse.

    It’s late in the day and you are just trying to hold on to make it to the end. You’re walking down the hall and out of the blue someone says, “Hey, I like your outfit!” You stop and think, “What did they say?”

  • Restoring the Gallinas is a mutli-faceted task

    You’ve likely heard about the work the City is doing to renovate Bradner Reservoir, and the upcoming renovation of Peterson reservoir, but there are some really exciting water storage projects that we haven’t been talking about.

    The city has been collaborating with the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance to restore the health of sections of the Gallinas River floodplain. Such work was recently completed on city property near the Placitas Fire Station, and will soon commence on the Gallinas River Park running  from Bridge to Independence Streets.

  • A major victory for forest communities

    By Sen. Martin Heinrich

    Many of us in New Mexico are fortunate to have a national forest right outside our backyard. We rely on these forests for drinking water and firewood, to fill our freezers, and to support our outdoor recreation economy.

    However, as temperatures heat up and we enter fire season after a particularly dry winter, we are also acutely aware that some of our forests are still recovering from historic wildfires and that all of them face imminent threats of destructive fires. We know the weight of the loss these disasters carry.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, April 29, 2018.

  • Luna ignores recommendation; approves new Trustee

    Despite a recommendation from a committee that Eugenio Perez IV not be approved as a replacement Trustee, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees voted Monday to approve him and add him to the board.

    While Perez, 37, must run for re-election in March 2019 to keep the Guadalupe County-centric District 4  seat, previously held by Severiano Sisneros, Perez was the lone applicant reviewed by the board to replace Sisneros, despite Luna having widely advertised the vacancy.

  • Fighting spirit: Sidelined from rodeo, Gouin works for new goals

    Luna Community College

    Jeramiah Gouin was a longtime bullfighter. Today he is simply a fighter — not a put-up-your-dukes type of fighter, rather an everyday fighter overcoming the struggles of being confined to a wheelchair.

    Gouin, a freshman and general studies major at Luna Community College, vaguely remembers May 30, 2016. That was the day he got a spinal cord injury.

    “I just remember falling down,” says Gouin. “A bull hit me in one of my legs. I was at a rodeo in Maxwell.”

  • Prep roundup: Lady Dons pitch shutout; Rangers sweep Pecos

    With one game left in the regular season, the West Las Vegas softball team looked strong again, shutting out St. Michael’s 10-0 in six innings this past Tuesday.

    The Lady Dons, who started Jade Ulibarri in the pitcher’s circle, held the visitors to six hits with four strikeouts in six innings.
    Ulibarri helped her own cause with two singles and two runs batted in.

    Breeanna Graston got West going by drawing a walk and then scoring after a Maddie Griego hit in the second inning.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 29-May 3

    SUNDAY (April 29)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque  
    • NMHU at Adams State, noon, Alamosa, Colo.
    Soccer
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., UWC campus, Montezuma
    Softball
    • NMHU vs. Regis (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at RMAC outdoor meet, TBA, Golden, Colo.

    MONDAY
    Baseball

  • Corrections

    Members of the Business Professionals of America who appeared before the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education on April 19, as described in a Page A1 story in the April 22 Optic about a board meeting, were misidentified.

    From the left are Angelica Gallegos, Nevaeh Lujan, Cailyn Marrujo, Aeisha Alarid, Gabbie Crespin and adviser Michell Aragon.

    Also, Leasa Martinez’s name was misspelled in the story.