Today's News

  • Cardinal hoopsters pick up first win

    T.J. Trujillo made the game-tying free throw with 1:23 left, then completed an old-fashioned three-point play to regain control for good, and Robertson edged Valencia 49-47 for its first boys' basketball win of the season.

    The win came in Tuesday night's Cardinals home opener at Mike Marr Gym.

    Coach Manuel Romero's team is 1-4 as it readies for a tough road game Thursday at Capital.


    Also Tuesday, West Las Vegas' girls fell short in their upset bid at top-rated Portales, 62-42.

    See the Optic print and online editions this week for more.

  • A fair-ly festive weekend

    Theresa Wesner photos

    ‘Tis the season for holiday arts and craft fairs, and last weekend featured several in San Miguel and Mora counties. 

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  • Chess and robots

    They were focused. Two groups of students at West Las Vegas Middle School anticipate their next move. Mind you, it wasn’t the high stakes game of life at this point.

    One group concentrated on mastering its opponents in chess; while the other set attempted to key in the correct steps in their smart phones to maneuver a robot car forward, back, or to turn. 

  • Wildlife: Raptors the centerpiece of presentation

    Submitted to the Optic

    As a part of the Las Vegas New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge’s celebration of the annual fall migration, Lori Paras, Director of the Santa Fe Raptor Center presented three of her charges — a Great Horned Owl, a Barn Owl and Swainson’s Hawk and a discussion of each and their benefit to us as humans in an event held last month. 

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Cutural Affairs seeks funding

  • Correction

    An infant being held by Santa Claus in a Page 1 photo of the Dec. 6, 2017 Optic was misidentified.

    The child’s correct name is David Baca.

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  • How to not erase student debt

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News.

    Even by government standards, it is a colossally dumb idea: revoking someone's license to work as a way to get them to pay off their student loans. Yet many states do just that.

    Student loan debt has more than doubled since 2009 to $1.3 trillion today. The average borrower in the class of 2016 left campus more than $30,000 in debt -- triple the level from 1990, while earnings for newly minted grads have remained flat.

  • Got to be carefully taught

    A 1949 Broadway musical by Rogers and Hammerstein, "South Pacific," contains a song with lyrics that are penetrating.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

  • Las Vegas woman jailed after four-car wreck

    A Las Vegas woman was taken to the San Miguel County Detention Center after police say she caused a four-car accident at one of the busiest intersections in the area on a Friday evening.