Today's News

  • Local Golf War veteran to participate in parade

    Submitted to the Optic

    Twenty-five years ago, more than 600,000 service members took part in Operation Desert Storm, at the time the largest deployment of U.S. Armed Forces since Vietnam. Kenneth “Kenny”Luján, then a Specialist E-4 from Ojitos Frios was one who served.

    On Monday, Luján will march among more than 500 Gulf War veterans in the American Veterans Center’s National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

  • Noticias May 27, 2016

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    •Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 for more information.

  • Editorial Cartoon: Mar. 27, 2016
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  • Dispatch New Mexico - Extrapolating insights from census data

    It’s amazing what you can learn about a place from its numbers.

    U.S. Census Bureau numbers, that is. If you’ve never linked into its Quick Facts data, you don’t know what you’re missing.

    For example, from this data I can tell you that when compared to our three big neighbors to the west, north and east — Arizona, Colorado and Texas — New Mexico is the widest of the wide-open country that makes up the American Southwest.

  • Cowgirls’ McPherson jumps at nationals

    Las Vegas Optic

    Shanice McPherson is a veteran of competing in national championships.

    Now the New Mexico Highlands University junior is hoping to make a run at a national title in the long jump.

    McPherson will represent NMHU’s women at this weekend’s NCAA Division II track and field championships in Bradenton, Fla.

    McPherson enters the fray with the second best distance in the nation at 6.26 meters, set at the Don Kirby Tailwind Open on April 2 in Albuquerque.

  • Golf

    The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association is in full swing for the season. This year the association has donated a large planter box which was installed next to the putting green at the Gene Torres Golf Course. The LVWGA’s fund-raising efforts support improvements to the course. Women of all golfing levels are invited to join. Play is every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Contact Judy Long at 429-0379 to become a member of this group.

  • Omaha good for Isotopes

    Las Vegas Optic

    A road trip to Omaha, of all places, proved to be soothing for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

    The team snapped a six-game losing skid — its worst of the season — by winning two of the first three games at the Storm Chasers’ ballpark this week.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 27, 2016

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 6:08 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 6:08 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Iowa Cubs, 12:08 p.m., Des Moines, Iowa
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park


  • JC’s to offer bowling at new location

    The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve a restaurant beer and wine license for JC’s New York Pizza Department’s new location at 209-211 Plaza St.

    “We’re moving our restaurant from 131 Bridge St.,” owner Joaquin Garofalo told the Council. “We’re looking to grow our business and add a few amenities.”

    Those amenities include a three-lane bowling alley and pool tables.

    No firm date has been set for the move.