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Today's News

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

  • A primer on expressions

    It’s been only in my adult years that I’ve come across the term “Black Friday.” I’ve heard several explanations as to why it’s called that — some much more plausible than others.

    Three of the most common explanations about the term have to do with weather conditions and pollution, the kind we find in big cities, compounded by rain, snow, sleet and sludge, as shoppers rush home with their treasures.

  • Tax simplification needs simplifying

    By John Stossel

    As you read this, President Trump’s tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows. 

    I want two things: 

    1. Simplification.

    2. More money in private hands.

  • Looking Ahead, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    WEDNESDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU women at Western New Mexico, 5 p.m., Silver City

    THURSDAY
    • No varsity events scheduled

    FRIDAY
    Basketball
    • NMHU men vs. Johnson & Wales, 3 p.m., Wilson Complex
    Football
    • Class 4A state playoff games TBA, campus sites

    SATURDAY
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Shiprock, 1 p.m., Shiprock
    Football

  • Correction

    The Nov. 10 print edition of the Optic incorrectly listed the Las Vegas Outlaw 11-12 football team as an AYF state championship winner. The Outlaws 9-10 team won the state title in its division.

    The 11-12 Outlaws also reached the finals in its bracket, finishing as a state runner-up.

    The error was made in transcription.

  • Cowboys' Holland, Jones have big game vs. Northern

    Jacob Holland poured in 30 points, including an old-fashioned three-point play that gave Highlands the lead for good in a 90-81 win over upstart Northern New Mexico College on Saturday at the Wilson Complex
    It was the high-point effort of the young season not only for Holland but for any of the Cowboys.
    Jordan Jones scored 24  — including four 3-pointers — in another strong effort, while West Las Vegas alumnus D.J. Bustos tallied 10 points, his most prolific scoring to date as a college player.

  • Eastern outguns Cowgirls

    Eastern New Mexico’s women’s basketball team hopes to make noise this winter in the Lone Star Conference, and in-state rival New Mexico Highlands got to hear it in person.

    The Cowgirls fell to 1-3 after a 53-34 setback against the visiting Greyhounds in a Saturday matinee at the Wilson Complex.

  • Cards nip Dons in playoff classic

    Robertson held off crosstown rival West Las Vegas 14-13 in an instant classic of a state football quarterfinal Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.

    Robertson (10-1) will host Portales, which beat Taos on Friday, this coming weekend for a spot in the Class 4A final. West, which last week won its first playoff game since 2003, was 24 yards away from the potential winning score, but John Balizan's pass to brother David in the end zone went incomplete, and the Cards took over on downs with six seconds left.

  • Jury convicts Griego on some corruption charges

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — A former state senator, who lives in San Miguel County, was convicted Thursday of fraud, bribery and felony ethical violations in a corruption trial over accusations he used his position as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of a state-owned building.

  • Opening the Sabinoso

    Submitted to the Optic

    Recently, U.S. senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed the completion of the process to accept the Wilderness Land Trust’s donation of 3,595 acres, known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch, to the American people. The property is adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness in New Mexico and is now part of the wilderness area.

    The donation includes a road easement that provides the public with access to the wilderness for the very first time.