Today's News

  • Local museum to host several Centennial events

    Submitted to the Optic

    To commemorate the Centennial of New Mexico statehood in 2012 the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection will be offering programs each month.  Under the general series Centennial Adventures there will be family programs called Crafting the Centennial and scholarly discussions called Museum Cafes.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 4, 2011

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is  “Hello, Snow!” by Hope Vestergaard. The theme for the month is “It’s Snow Time!” All programs are free and open to the public.


  • Ideology and voting

    Following a political doctrine can be a destructive path. Look what happened last summer, when some tea party Republicans placed their no-tax convictions above the national interest. The result was a stalemate over raising the debt ceiling until the 11th hour, which helped convince Standard & Poor’s that America’s AAA credit rating was no longer deserved — and, for the first time in history, the nation’s credit rating was lowered.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 4, 2011
  • Work of Art: That fourth-floor issue

    Like Banquo’s Ghost, “it will not down.” The Stapleton-Espinoza-Gov. Martinez brouhaha keeps appearing in the press and on TV. Since it seems everybody has had a turn, here’s mine:

    To review: Angry at KRQE’s Larry Barker for his investigative piece, the Albuquerque Democrat State Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, directed some of her umbrage at a Republican representative, Nora Espinoza, from the southern part of the state, accusing her of “carrying water for the Mexican on the fourth floor.”

  • NFL playoff field finally decided

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    The way the Green Bay Packers blew through the regular season, it would be foolish to pick against them repeating as Super Bowl champions.

    Yet they aren’t on the hottest streak nor playing the best football as January rolls around. And as the Steelers, Giants and, yes, the Packers have proven in recent years, being a wild card isn’t an overbearing burden, so don’t dismiss Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit or Atlanta entirely.

  • Stu: Jaguars back on top

    Robertson’s perimeter shooting prowess had spelled doom for Portales and Moriarty, but the hot shooting hands of the Cardinals went cold Friday night in a 55-42 loss to Capital in the championship game of the 58th annual Stu Clark Tournament.

    Robertson (6-3) shot 35 percent overall and made just one three-point basket in 13 attempts. Meanwhile, the Jaguars — ranked as high as second in Class 4A boys’ basketball — put together arguably their most complete game of the three-day tournament.

  • Mora girls go to 9-0

    It took the Mora Rangerettes one quarter this past Friday night to shake off the rust acquired during a two-week holiday break in the schedule.

    Then it was all Mora in a 60-21 blowout of  Escalante. It marked the third time in as many meetings with the Lady Lobos that the Rangerettes have won decisively.

    Escalante and Mora battled to a 13-13 tie through the first eight minutes.

  • Cowgirls sweep homestand

    Tanee Denson-Griffin posted a double-double Saturday night for the New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball team, and a couple of teammates almost joined her in that feat.

    Denson-Griffin had 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Cowgirls defeated Colorado Christian 68-61 to complete a sweep of a two-game homestand to end the calendar year.

    Denson-Griffin, a 5-9 senior guard, recently got her first action in Highlands purple and white after transferring from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

  • Oklahoma State nips Stanford in Fiesta thriller

    By John Marshall
    AP College Football Writer

    GLENDALE, Ariz.  — Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in their final collegiate game, leading No. 3 Oklahoma State to a 41-38 overtime win against Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.

    The most anticipated postseason game outside of the BCS championship, the Fiesta Bowl was an impressive offensive show, two of the nation’s best teams trading big plays and scores.