Today's News

  • Kirk giving back to north

    Dunking basketballs to the roar of partisan crowds in The Pit.

    Rubbing shoulders and trading locker room talk with the likes of LeBron James.

    Going to Europe — and earning MVP honors for an Italian pro team.

    If Alex Kirk has a bucket list, he’s well on his way to filling that sucker out.

    But the former University of New Mexico star, who had a year with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and the Canton Charge before signing to play ball professionally in Europe, still says there’s no place like home.

  • Isotopes drop two

    Las Vegas Optic

    Albuquerque wasn’t able to overcome the 4-0 head start they’d given Fresno and wound up on the short end of a 4-3 defeat Thursday night at Isotopes Park.

    The visiting Grizzlies completed a doubleheader sweep after having won 6-2 earlier in the evening.

    Fresno ace Brady Rodgers (4-3) was exemplary in that contest, going six innings and holding the Isotopes to one hit and no walks while striking out eight.

    Rafael Ynoa went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI in game two for Albuquerque (23-31).

  • Warriors take Game 1

    The Associated Press

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry realizes every last man on the bench can mean so much to winning a championship.

    As he and Klay Thompson endured rare off nights that even featured Curry tossing his mouthpiece in frustration, the MVP’s “Strength In Numbers” supporting cast made all the timely shots and all the difference for the defending champions in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

  • Narrow miss for state cop

    Las Vegas Optic

    A state police vehicle burst into flames early Saturday morning after a semi tractor trailer collided with a pickup on Interstate 25 just north of Las Vegas, forcing the truck to slam into the patrol car.

    Patrolman Roslyn Vigil was outside of her vehicle when the crash occurred, and she escaped injury, as did the driver of the semi, 56-year-old Mark Griego of Los Lunas. State police report that the driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries and was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for treatment.

  • Rec center to close for repairs

    The Abelino Montoya Recreation Center will shut down on July 1 so that crews can move forward with extensive repairs to the building’s swimming pool area.

    The recreation center’s pool has been closed since May of 2014 when winds ripped off a portion of the building’s roof.

    ince then, city officials have been trying to figure out how to cover the cost of the work needed at the rec center, which as of last August was estimated at $3.6 million.

  • Exploring the heavens

    Perched atop the Ivan Hilton Science and Technology Building on the Highlands University campus is a telescope that gives visitors to the  observatory the opportunity to explore our solar system.

    Last month, the telescope provided Highlands students and instructors with an amazing view of Mercury passing in front of the sun. It also gives visitors an up-close look of such wonders as Saturn’s rings and craters on the earth’s moon.

    Best of all, the observatory is open to the public for free on Friday evenings, beginning at 8 p.m.

  • Trump U model: Sell hard, demand to see a warrant

    By Jeff Horwitz
    and Michael Biesecker
    The  Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The manual for the staff at Trump University events was precise: The room temperature should be 68 degrees. Seats should be arranged in a theater-style curve. And government prosecutors had no right to see any documents without a warrant.

  • Youth Farm-to-Market program kicks off season Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The El Valle Youth Farm to Market program will kick off its 2016 summer season with a Summer Farm Festival and Community Meeting this Sunday at the El Valle Community Center in Villanueva.

    The event, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature an afternoon of presentations, activities and round-table discussions focusing on “Agriculture in El Valle ­— Past, Present and Future.”  

  • Obama warns Air Force grads not to succumb to isolationism

    By Josh Lederman
    The Associated Press

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — President Barack Obama implored the next generation of U.S. military leaders Thursday not to give in to isolationism or pull back from U.S. leadership in the world, drawing a contrast with a foreign policy vision that’s been laid out by Donald Trump.

  • In Brief June 3, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Johnson won’t get gov’s support

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she won’t support Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

    The nation’s only Latina governor, who has not endorsed fellow Republican Donald Trump, said Wednesday she disagrees with Johnson’s stance to reduce the nation’s military.

    Martinez also said as a former prosecutor she couldn’t support Johnson’s plan to legalize marijuana.