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Executing ‘The J.D. Slam’ Las Vegas Optic

 Work of Art

A simple act of closing a car door inspired this column. Even I find it hard to have so many memories conjured up from this basic action.

Let me explain: Cars built this century generally have door-closing mechanisms that require only the slightest bit of energy to assure a tight seal. Cars built last century ­ ­— and that covers a wide span — often failed to close completely on the first try.

Needing an enemy Las Vegas Optic

By Mark Shields, political analyst and commentator for the PBS NewsHour since 1988.

Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that “mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.”

Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 Las Vegas Optic

 Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Stolen car chased to Roy area, couple arrested Las Vegas Optic

By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

New Mexico State Police charged a Colorado man and woman with several felony charges after a report of a stolen vehicle from a Las Vegas gas station led to a 50-mile chase and search. Renaldo Reese, 30, and Jacqueline Rodarte, 34, both of Denver, were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center last week on several charges.

Cowboys breeze past Rams for homecoming win Las Vegas Optic

For the first time in five years, New Mexico Highlands' football team is off to a 2-1 start.

The Cowboys crushed Texas Wesleyan, a school that just reintroduced football to its campus after decades without, by a 42-7 count on a balmy Saturday afternoon at the Herrera Complex.

It was the first homecoming victory for NMHU since 2014 and the team's largest margin of victory since Sept. 27 of that year.

Friday night football: Dons, Cards triumph Las Vegas Optic
Welcoming a robust homecoming crowd to a newly refurbished Herrera Complex, the West Las Vegas football team made quick work of Albuquerque Academy on Friday night, rolling to a 48-0 win. John Balizan passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Antonio Bustamante rushed for the first of a couple of scores as West dashed to a 28-0 lead by halftime. The Dons kept coasting even with backups on the field much of the second half, improving to 2-2. Meanwhile, the No. 2 ranked Robertson Cardinals surged past host Ruidoso 42-28, overcoming first-half deficits with a strong second half.
Homecoming fun Las Vegas Optic
From the left, sophomore Baily Douglas and seniors Raylynn Sanchez and Amaya Ortiz dressed up for West Las Vegas High School’s Circus Day on Tuesday that was part of Homecoming week. A full week of theme days was capped by Friday’s parade and football game against Albuquerque Academy. Highlands University also had Homecoming events scheduled for last week and this weekend. See upcoming issues of the Optic for photos of Homecoming for West Las Vegas and Highlands.

A full week of theme days was capped by Friday’s West Las Vegas High School Homecoming parade and football game against Albuquerque Academy. Highlands University also had Homecoming events scheduled for last week and this weekend.

See upcoming issues of the Optic for photos of Homecoming for West Las Vegas and Highlands.

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