Today's News

  • State Supreme Court: No relief for public defenders

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court won’t intervene on behalf of public defenders who say they are overwhelmed by cases from poor defendants facing jail time, court officials said this week.

    A state agency overseeing public defenders has insisted that its attorneys in various parts of the state are wrongfully being forced to take on more cases than they can handle without neglecting indigent defendants who cannot otherwise afford an attorney.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

    Monday, Oct. 16

    HOPE (Housing Opportunities Programs for Elders) will launch its transportation services for 55-and-older at the Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. HOPE is a new non-profit organization to assist seniors to “age in their homes”. Members and Volunteers may enroll at this event. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 505-398-0170.

    Tuesday, Oct. 17

  • Noticias, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@lasvegasoptic.com.

    An Alzheimer’s support group meets the fourth Friday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Church in the children’s chapel on the corner of Eighth Street and National. For information, call 425-3031.

    • HOPE (Housing Opportunities Programs for Elders) is offering transportation services locally for seniors 55 and older. Call 505-398-0170 for membership forms to join or to volunteer.

  • New NMHU initiative addresses customer service

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands Unversity

    A new initiative at New Mexico Highlands University aims to provide exceptional customer service to students.

    Highlands launched its campuswide Power of Service program Sept. 28 with a “How May I Help You?” kickoff event and three-hour customer service training offered in two sessions.

  • Why is college enrollment declining?

    From the Highlands President — Dr. Sam Minner

    College enrollment across our nation is in decline. Since 2011, overall enrollment in the U.S. has declined about 9 percent.

    Unfortunately, New Mexico’s decline is one the steepest in the nation. Here in New Mexico, we went from a 2011 total head count of 96,860 in all of our institutions to last year’s headcount of 86,883.

  • Worrying life away in a rocking chair

    It has been said that worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair rocking away hour after hour after hour.

    You can burn a lot of time and you can burn a lot of energy, but after you are through, you end up right where you started from. Time and energy are both precious commodities we have in limited quantities.

    What we put our time and our energy into defines the lives we live. They determine our story. There are definitely better investments that we can pour ourselves into than rocking away in a rocking chair.

  • Don’t forget to scream it

    There are a ton of serious issues to tackle in the world. We should tackle as many as we can, collectively and individually, and we should take some time to have some fun once in a while.

    Judging by how hard some folks “work” at having a good time, it isn’t necessary to remind them to stop and have fun. For the rest, we let them know it’s very important to pursue where their tax money goes — but it’s also important to think about Dokken.

  • Volleyball:Lady Cardinals dispatch St.Mike’s in four-set clash

    In a showdown between two of the best setters in Class 4A volleyball, Robertson’s Lauren Fulgenzi got the better of St. Mike’s Miquela Martinez on Thursday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    None the worse for wear after a recent foot injury, Fulgenzi appeared the more comfortable of the two, connecting with hitters across the front line and zipping in the occasional over-set to help the Lady Cardinals to a four-set victory.

  • Looking Ahead, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017


    Soccerr: NMHU women vs. CSU-Pueblo, 1 p.m., Taos; Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC fields, Montezuma.


    Football: West Las Vegas (B) vs. St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex Soccer; Robertson boys (B) vs. Santa Fe Waldorf, 5 p.m., RHS Field.


    Golf: West Las Vegas Invite, 9 a.m., Gene Torres Golf Course; Soccer: West Las Vegas girls vs. Hope Christian, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex.

  • Soccer: It's Elk season

    Eight different players scored goals for Robertson on Thursday evening in an emphatic 9-0 girls’ soccer win over visiting Pojoaque Valley.

    Maricela Montoya led the way with two goals and one assist. Miranda Montoya and Gabriella Montoya each had a goal and two assists. Also scoring were Sierra Atencio, Krysta Cunico, Jasmine Jaramillo, Leann Salazar and Sydney Weathers. Jasmine Montoya added an assist.