Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 16, 2016


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.


    1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Keep cracking the glass ceiling

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Dallas Morning News and was originally published on Nov. 10.

    Whether you voted for her or not, Hillary Clinton represented the biggest crack yet in the glass ceiling with her bid to become the first female president.

    She made girls truly believe that they can aspire to be whatever they want to be in life, even president of the United States.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 16, 2016
  • Work of Art: Little ones also matter

    In just a short week, I’ve noticed many people — including myself — “zoned out,” clearly distracted, grumpy and not very conversational. For what reason? For one thing, Hillary lost the election, preventing the United States from inaugurating its first woman president.

    The flip side of that statement is that Donald Trump won. That brings up the questions — I won’t attempt answers here — as to how and why it happened.

  • Lady Cards reach final

    RIO RANCHO — Robertson made it all the way to Saturday’s  state championship match in Stacy Fulgenzi’s first season as head coach.

    It was the program’s third title match appearance in the past decade and its first since 2008.

    But top-ranked Sandia Prep, 23-1, didn’t look impressed, blasting to a 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 sweep and repeating as Class 4A state champion.

  • Dons can’t get past St. Mike’s

    SANTA FE — Back in the state playoffs after a 13-year absence, the West Las Vegas Dons averted a shutout but couldn’t do much more at St. Mike’s, a team accustomed to playing deep into November.

    The sixth-seeded Horsemen (8-3) scored the first 29 points and rode that to a 42-6 win Saturday at Christian Brothers Athletic Complex.

    It was St. Mike’s second win over the district rival Dons in eight days after a 47-8 tally on Nov. 5 in the regular-season finale.

  • Cowboys finish grid slate 0-11

    Highlands’ most prolific scoring output of the football season wasn’t enough to lift the Cowboys to victory this past Saturday.

    Visiting Adams State won a shootout 50-40 in the regular-season finale, sending NMHU to an 0-11 final record in Jeff Mills’ second season in charge.

    The Cowboys led twice in the opening quarter, as Cody Keith hit Jairan Manning for one touchdown and ran for another.

  • BREAKING: Rangerettes state champs

    RIO RANCHO -- The Mora Rangerettes are Class 2A state volleyball champions.

    Mora defeated the tournament's top seed Mesilla Valley Christian in four sets after winning the first two on Saturday morning at the Santa Ana Star Center.

    Robertson also reached the championship match but lost to defending 4A champion Sandia Prep in straight sets. 

    Check back for more information in the Optic print and online editions this week.

  • No charges in singer’s death

    The state Office of the Medical Investigator has ruled the death of award-winning musician Preston Garza a homicide.

    “This 44-year-old man, Preston Garza, died of chokehold strangulation,” OMI states in an autopsy report recently released to the Optic.

    But District Attorney Richard Flores said Friday that he has decided not to file charges in the case, saying that based on what he has reviewed, Garza’s son Austin did not intend to harm his father. Flores said Austin Garza has a viable case for self-defense.

  • Questions raised about Hispano Chamber

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce is warning area business owners to beware of another organization soliciting membership fees in the area.

    Travis Regensberg, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, said his organization has fielded multiple calls from area business owners who believed they had already paid their membership dues to the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, when they had actually paid the money to another group that calls itself the Las Vegas Hispano Chamber of Commerce.