Today's News

  • The ‘N’ in NRA sure doesn’t stand for ‘New Mexico’

    There seem to be two main parts to the National Rifle Association: the rank and file, who are enthusiasts and enjoy hunting and other responsible ways of owning and using firearms, and the elite leadership of the organization, which enjoys politicking and making profitable, passionate speeches.

    That elite class of NRA leadership doesn’t serve its membership well — least of all, gun owners in rural northern New Mexico.

  • The work done by EPA, NMED is essential

    By Rock G. Ulibarri

    New rollbacks of state and federal environmental regulations pose significant threats to New Mexicans’ public health and economy, including our clean water.

    These new risks come at a time when dollars and staff for the federal Environmental Protection Agency are falling and when the dollars for New Mexico’s Environment Department have been slashed.

  • Yes, the legislature’s retirement plan is unique

    I want to take a moment to clear up a few issues concerning New Mexico’s legislative retirement plan. Our retirement plan is unique because New Mexico is unique.

    We are a citizen legislature — the only one in the nation that does not pay members some kind of salary.

    New Mexico legislators spend days and weeks away from their families, loved ones and jobs during legislative sessions and during the interim.

  • Reliving a first job — four decades later

    A lot can change in 43 years. Doors I walked out of when I was sixteen looking forward to a full life ahead I walked back into for the first time again at 59 looking backwards at a long life behind me.

    Do you remember your first real job? I say “real” job because I am not talking about when you were 13, mowing yards or babysitting for a family friend. I am talking about working for an hourly rate where you have to keep records on your time maybe even by “punching a time clock.”

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 4, 2018.

  • College sports — Spring 2018 composite schedule

    Editor’s note: Events subject to change. Check the latest edition of the Optic.

  • Looking for Love’s?

    One can drive on north Grand Avenue and see the weathered Inn of Las Vegas sign towering above the heavy construction equipment scraping earth and moving it about to reshape the desert landscape into an approximately 8,000-square-foot Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store.

    It’s what most people may call Love’s Truck Stop, and it’s coming to Las Vegas.

    Love’s media relations specialist, Kealey Dorian, said the company plans opening the store early this summer.

  • Dam (improvements) authentic

    Submitted to the Optic

    The City of Las Vegas held a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of Bradner Reservoir on Jan. 25.

    Bradner Reservoir has rarely been used by the city for potable water. When completed, the renovation will add roughly 300 acre-feet of usable water storage to the city’s existing capacity.

  • Project aims to make earth science more approachable

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    The general public may more easily understand complex earth science processes thanks to the work of a Highlands researcher and his colleagues around the globe.

    Highlands geology professor Michael Petronis, along with 17 earth scientists from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Oceana, published an article in the December issue of the journal Global and Planetary Change, outlining a proposal to create universal visual graphics to help simplify earth science concepts.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, March 2, 2018