• Every year on Veterans Day we, as a nation, honor those members of the armed forces who have put their lives on the line to defend the civil liberties we enjoy.

    These women and men have all made tremendous sacrifices in service to the ideals of this country; that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with the right to live in freedom and pursue their dreams.

     There will be speeches, flyovers, and salutes. Then, on November 12, many Americans will wake up and resume their daily lives.

    While season outcomes that determine success are not yet in the books, Robertson High fall varsity sports programs once again quietly kept the bar high.

    Football finished second in its district, boys soccer ends up with a playoff seed that was well within its capability, volleyball is ready for another deep postseason run and both cross country teams are headed to state.

  • NOTE: This editorial was corrected to correct Kim Delgado serving on a committee to review applicants for the city attorney position, rather than the police chief committee. A correction will be published in a November 2018 print edition of the Optic.

    To say Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron could have handled the hiring of Jerry Delgado differently would be a vast understatement.

  • By Supreme Court Justice Edward Chávez

    New Mexico voters can lay the groundwork for the speedier resolution of certain legal matters and save taxpayer money by adopting Constitutional Amendment No. 1 on the general election ballot.

    The proposed amendment would authorize the Legislature to adjust or streamline the appeals process by enacting a statute — passing a bill and having it signed by the governor — rather than changing the state constitution.

    Someone at Rotary of Las Vegas had a solid idea for a local chef’s competition as a fundraiser. Not only did advance tickets to the event sell out days in advance of last Friday’s cook-off, but getting the competitive juices flowing in such a positive, healthy way is a solid means to promote local business.

  • This November, voters throughout our state will have the opportunity to provide New Mexico’s colleges, universities and specialty schools with the ability to ensure our students receive the education they need to succeed by voting in support of General Obligation Bond D for Higher Education.

    In addition to supporting New Mexico’s college students, GO Bond D is an important economic driver in many communities, including Las Vegas, since it will create an estimated 1,300 statewide jobs in construction, architecture and other related fields.

  • Fall is approaching, which means it’s time to get your flu immunization. Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory disease caused by the influenza virus, which affects the nose, throat and lungs.

    Every year in the United States more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the 2017-18 flu season exceeded previous years’ hospitalization rates with more than 30,000 confirmed cases from October 2017 through April 2018.

    A big thumbs up to the Highlands Cowboys football team for muscling out a Homecoming win over South Dakota School of Mines, 53-52 Saturday afternoon.

    While the squad of second-year coach Marty Fine didn’t have its best outing, the guys in purple found a way to show all the alumni and current and potential future Cowgirls and Cowboys in attendance that a win can still happen.

  • By Dr. Tracy Wilkerson

    One in eight women living in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.

    As the most common form of cancer among American women, the chance a woman will die from the disease is one in 37. This risk has increased over the last four decades, making early detection and prevention methods critical.

    With all that’s going on this fall, it’s never too early for young women in our area to be thinking about the next Reina de Las Vegas competition, and whether to enter in the late spring. While participation in the event has waned in recent years, there is still a longstanding tradition of ladies who have been able to represent their community by winning La Reina crown or triumphing in another similar smaller competition.