Today's News

  • DOJ decision a milestone

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was originally published on Sunday.

    The Justice Department’s decision to begin phasing out the use of private prisons is at once a milestone in criminal justice reform and an acknowledgment that the benefits of privatizing government functions were greatly oversold.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 24, 2016
  • Work of Art: Too much punnishment

    When people laugh at a pun, they’re really just being polite, and it’s possible the ones who laughed didn’t catch the word play. But when someone groans, well, that’s the sign of a clever pun with the added message that the groaner “got it,” as in caught on.

    A pun, according to the dictionary, is “a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.”

  • fall sports - Kickoff 2016 - composite schedule

    Wednesday, Aug. 24
    • Mora Middle School at Questa, 4 p.m., Questa

    Thursday, Aug. 25
    • Robertson girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., RHS field
    • West Las Vegas (A,B) at Mora, 5:30 p.m., Montoya Gym

    Friday, Aug. 26
    • Robertson vs. Estancia, 7 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas at Clayton, 7 p.m., Clayton

    Saturday, Aug. 27

  • Area students still struggling

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    New Mexico student test scores are up across the state, but less than a third of students remain proficient or better in reading and math, according to results released Thursday.

  • Living Legend - Apodaca to be featured on TV program

    She may be a few years short of a century, but Antonia Apodaca continues to shine through her music.

    Apodaca, 93, will soon hit the television airwaves for a celebration of New Mexico Hispanic Folk Art. The Rociada native and Las Vegas resident, Apodaca, will be one of the artists featured in KNME’s presentation of Nuestra Música show airing from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on channel 5.

  • East gets new activity bus

    Students of the Las Vegas City Schools district will grab their backpacks and head back to school Monday. Welcoming them to this upcoming school year is a brand new activity bus, which was unveiled during a board meeting Thursday evening.

    Superintendent Kelt Cooper said the bus was recently brought to the district and has been a long time coming.

    Board Member Gloria Lovato Pacheco said the bus was purchased with capital outlay funds earmarked for the district.

  • Breaking ground
  • Gov seeks to reinstate death penalty

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday plans to attempt to reinstate the death penalty in response to recent events including the killing of a police officer.

    New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009 before Martinez took office by replacing provisions for lethal injection with a sentence of life in prison without parole.

    Martinez indicated she will back legislation for capital punishment during the upcoming state legislative session in January.

  • Judge appoints special master for food program

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    A federal judge has agreed to the appointment of a court-appointed “special master” to help ensure federally funded benefits are administered properly by the New Mexico Human Services Department, amid internal investigations by state and federal agencies into allegations that food aid applications were falsified.