Today's News

  • Saturday football: Cards stay unbeaten, Cowboys stay winless

    Robertson moved its unbeaten record to 8-0, opening up the passing game in a 34-25 triumph at St. Michael's in Santa Fe.

    Also Saturday afternoon, New Mexico Highlands saw its gridiron drought continue, as Western State dealt the Cowboys a 58-0 shutout at Perkins Stadium. Highlands is 0-8.

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week. 

  • Friday night football : Tigers tame West offense

    West Las Vegas suffered its first gridiron defeat in nearly a month Friday night, falling at Taos 30-27.

    The Dons are 6-2 overall and 3-1 in District 2-4A. They host No. 1 Robertson in Vegas Bowl 56 at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

    Robertson plays at St. Mike's at 1 p.m. Saturday in Santa Fe. 

    For more on the weekend in Las Vegas sports, check out the Optic print and online editions this week. 

  • Remains of missing man found

    Since early July, Gloria Thurman has found herself wondering what happened to her grandson Jose “Whisper” Lucero.  

    All these months she knew something was wrong. On Wednesday, she got the news she didn’t want to hear. Authorities have confirmed that partial skeletal remains belonging to her 21-year-old grandson were found in Bernal, about 15 miles south of Las Vegas. Thurman still wonders what happened in the last moments of her grandson’s life.

  • La Llorona - De Aragon brings fable to life

    October is the month of falling leaves, Halloween, and ever-popular scary tales, including La Llorona, the Wailing Woman.

    On Thursday evening, Rosalia de Aragon returned to Las Vegas to portray La Llorona in a one-night performance.

    Versions of the well-known Hispanic fable has been passed down from generation to generation.  De Aragon’s version emphasizes the dangers of rivers and acequias and being alone outside at night.

  • Justices to consider arrest record erasure

    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Supreme Court will consider whether the state’s courts should be able to erase court and arrest records, and, if so, when it is appropriate to do so.

    New Mexico has been grappling with the question for a decade, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Lawmakers have passed four bills on the topic since 2005, but two were vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson and the others by current Gov. Susana Martinez, according to a Court of Appeals opinion.

  • Divided America: Seeing options shrinking, white men ask why

    Editor’s note: This is part of Divided America, AP’s ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

    By Matt Sedensky
    The Associated Press

    DALLAS — The voices cascade into the studio, denouncing political hypocrisy and media bias and disappearing values.

  • Driver’s license overhaul prompts new complaints

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico officials ran into fresh criticism Tuesday about revisions to the state’s immigrant driver’s license law at a public hearing on the proposed regulations.

    The Department of Taxation and Revenue has said its plan to implement a law approved this year would put New Mexico in compliance with tougher federal identification requirements for driver’s licenses while extending driving privileges to immigrants in the country illegally.

  • First flu cases of season reported

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Health officials say the first influenza cases of the flu season in New Mexico have been confirmed by laboratory tests.

    State Department of Health officials say the first two cases involve a 64-year-old man from Bernalillo County and a 64-year-old woman from Valencia County.

    Their names weren’t announced Tuesday.

    Health officials are recommending a flu vaccine for every state resident six months of age and older.

  • Trump, Clinton and their debate claims

    Editor’s note: A look at the veracity of claims by political figures

    By Christopher S. Rugaber and Josh Boak
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump painted an inaccurately dark portrait of manufacturing in America while Hillary Clinton stretched credulity in boasting that her spending plans won’t add to the country’s debt. As well, both struggled in the presidential final debate to explain comments from their past.

    A look at some of the claims in the debate and how they compare with the facts:

  • Attack in Afghanistan kills two Americans

    The Associated Press

    FAIRVIEW, Ill. — A decorated U.S. soldier from Illinois and an Army civilian employee from Oklahoma who both had been deployed multiple times to support military operations in Afghanistan were killed in an attack this week in Kabul, the Defense Department said.

    Army Sgt. Douglas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, Illinois, and Michael G. Sauro, 40, of McAlester, Oklahoma, died of wounds received when they encountered hostile enemy forces in Afghanistan’s capital, the military announced Thursday.