Today's News

  • Trooper was out of control

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer  and was originally published in that newspaper on July 22.

    If you haven’t seen the video yet of the traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of Sandra Bland, it’s easy to criticize her for not following the commands of the Texas State Trooper who stopped her for failing to use her turn signal on July 10.

  • Editorial cartoon - July 27, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Homelessness a small town problem too

    It’s easy to see homelessness as more of an urban problem, since that’s where it’s more visible. But it’s a problem in smaller cities and towns too, as is evident virtually everywhere.

  • Dancing on the big stage

    SANTA FE — Powerful pitching by West Texas’ Raigan Mock set the tone for a 6-3 verdict over Team New Mexico in Saturday’s Southwest Juniors Softball Regional at Bicentennial Park.

    New Mexico, a team from Las Vegas’ La Plaza Little League, rallied twice in the game but never could quite overtake the opponent, a team representing Robinson Little League in Waco, Texas.

  • Smalling, Nina blast Topes to win

    Tim Smalling hit a two-run bomb and Angelys Nina added a solo home run to highlight Albuquerque’s string of five straight runs in the third and fourth innings Saturday night, lifting the Isotopes past visiting Sacramento 9-6.

    A robust crowd of 12,856 was announced at Isotopes Park as the home side wore the throwback yellow and red uniforms of its previous incarnation, the Albuquerque Dukes, on Retro Night.

  • Robbers, Wind split Saturday

    Las Vegas withstood a six-run seventh-inning rally to hang on to a razor-thin 11-10 win Saturday night, salvaging a split with host Garden City (Kans.).

    The Train Robbers, who lost the opener 6-1, will wrap up their 2015 campaign Monday.

    Dylin Brooks, representing the tying run, was on second base when Edgard Muñoz ground out to second to end the ballgame.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - July 27, 2015

    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Garden City Wind, 6 p.m., Garden City, Kans.
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento River Cats, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Juniors Division Southwest Regional, games TBA, Bicentennial Park, Santa Fe
    • Las Vegas adult league games: MEN, Sons of Pitches vs. V-Town Grizzlies, 6 p.m.; Balls Deep vs. Vegas Boys, 7:15 p.m.; Hackers vs. V-Town Grizzlies, 8:30 p.m.;  city softball complex


  • Luna offers ‘Huero’ top job

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to terminate its search for a new president and to give the job to Leroy “Huero” Sanchez who has been the school’s interim president for three weeks.

    Sanchez and some board members are now in negotiations over a contract. Board Chairman Daniel Romero said the contract would be taken to the full board for approval.

    Sanchez said that if he accepts the board’s offer he wants a commitment.

  • Senior profile - Frank Hager - Scientist and ‘water witch’

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Some call him a water witch. Frank Hager, a retired engineer, prefers to be called a dowser.

    The 82-year-old Ojitos Frios Ranches Subdivision resident practices the ancient art of finding water hidden deep beneath the surface. It’s a practice that dates back at least 8,000 years.

    A dowser walks through an empty field holding a Y-shaped stick in both hands before him. If there’s water below, the dowser is often able to sense it.

  • Shots fired Downtown; no one hurt

    Las Vegas police have launched an investigation into a report that someone fired shots at a man who was inside a vehicle with a female companion and a toddler on Wednesday.

    No one appears to have been injured. Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said the incident played out on the 600 block of Douglas Avenue and on Fourth Street at about 4:30 p.m.

    Investigators found a spent casing on Fourth Street and a couple of projectiles on Douglas, he said.Montaño said investigators have a suspect, but so far no arrest has been made.