Today's News

  • Another Perspective: Open letter to Sens. Udall, Heinrich

    By Betty Patterson and Stephanie Ly

    We write to you on behalf of tens of thousands of New Mexico’s public educators to urge careful consideration of the nomination of Ms. Betsy DeVos for the position of Secretary of Education by President-elect Donald Trump.

    It is our strong belief that a successful confirmation of Ms. DeVos would not be in the best interest of public education in the United States, nor in our State of New Mexico.

  • Just a Thought: LHolding on to Christmas in January

    By Rick Kraft

    I decided I am going to hold onto Christmas. And I’m willing to wager I’m not the only one who feels this way.

    There is just something about Christmas that is worth holding onto. I can’t help but smile at the homes that are still lit up for the holidays. It confirms for me that they are holding onto Christmas also. But why not?

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 22, 2017

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Denver Post (Jan. 17):

    A recent headline reminds us of some good news here at home we wanted to highlight in these divisive times.

    First, the shocker print headline — that hardly sounds like good news.

    Eight men. Half the world’s wealth.

    The poverty-fighting advocates at Oxfam report that the world’s eight richest men are worth the combined wealth of 3.6 billion people at the bottom half of the economic spectrum.

  • Students of the month - Jan. 22, 2017
  • Weather - Jan. 22, 2017


    HIGH 44° / LOW 26°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind around 15 mph. Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
    7:07 a.m. to 5:19 p.m.


    HIGH 46° / LOW 23°
    A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
    7:06 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.


  • Robertson class of 1966 celebrated 50th reunion

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nearly 100 Robertson High School class of 1966 graduates including spouses and guests, attended one or all of the class 50th reunion events, on Labor Day weekend.

    Events included a Friday evening meet-and-greet at Hillcrest, Saturday morning guided tour of RHS, visit by some to the  home of Johnny Gonzales to see his collection of restored vintage cars, a Saturday night dinner-dance at the Plaza Hotel, and a Sunday morning farewell breakfast at Charlie’s.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 22, 2017


    6 to 8 p.m.
    A Community Health Forum will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at NMHU Student Union Building Rooms 321-322. Everyone welcome to give input on health care concerns, needs, identify gaps in services, etc. For more information, please call Barbara Casey at 454-1117 or Rosalie Martinez at 429-7986. The Community Forum is sponsored by the San Miguel Family and Community Health Council.


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • Back to the books
  • Highlands to host free workshop for education leaders and counselors

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico high school and community college counselors along with education leaders will learn more about what Highlands University has to offer at a free workshop Feb. 1.

    The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Highlands main campus in Las Vegas in the Student Center, 800 National Ave.

  • Dear Teacher - Jan. 22, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: Every so often one of my children will forget a lunch, assignment or permission slip. I find myself dashing off to bring the forgotten item to school. Is this the right way to handle occasional forgetfulness? — Forgotten

    Answer: At some schools, this is a moot issue, as they do not accept items for dropoff. When this is true, parents and students need to be aware of the policy. On the other hand, there is no solid agreement on whether forgotten items should be brought to school or not.