Today's News

  • Budget battle heads to court

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers authorized plans to sue Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to block vetoes that would defund state universities and colleges along with the legislative branch of government, amid an unrelenting standoff Thursday over how to shore up state finances.

    The Legislative Council of leading state lawmakers directed attorneys to quickly pursue litigation on several fronts, including challenges to any vetoes that affect core functions of state government.

  • Gallinas project restoring floodplains

    Bringing a segment of local floodplains back to health is vital to the Gallinas River and those who rely on it, said Lea Knutson of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance.

    Knutson discussed the recent Gallinas Village River and Floodplain Restoration project as part of the Las Vegas City Council’s work session on Wednesday evening at city hall.

  • In Brief - News - April 16, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Pentagon: Bomb didn’t need OK
    WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials say the U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the “mother of all bombs” didn’t need President Donald Trump’s approval.

    The officials say Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat. He had that authority before Trump took office.

    The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Food, glorious food

    By Beth Urech

  • Flying the unfriendly skies

    The following editorial was published in the Chicago Tribune on April 11.

    With much of the world — thanks to social media — appalled at United Airlines for having a passenger dragged off a Chicago-to-Louisville, Ky. flight, we’re reminded of the story of how an airline put one of its customers first:

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 16, 2017
  • Another Perspective: Become part of DWI solution

    By Yolanda Cruz

    As I was reading the “Thumbs” in the April 7 Optic, I read a thumbs down with the statement “perhaps a sign that the system to prevent DWI is not working.”

    I would like to address that statement. Prevention is key, it is the number one way that society can deal with any health, public health, or social issue.

  • Just a Thought: Always do this in remembrance of me

    By Rick Kraft

    Everyone reading this has had some common experiences. We grew and developed in our mother’s womb. We entered this world as a newborn child. During the early years of our lives we were entirely dependent on others. Common experiences —  no exceptions.

  • Weather - April 16, 2017


    HIGH 71° / LOW 41°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
    6:26 a.m. to 7:35 p.m.


    HIGH 74° / LOW 42°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Monday night ­— mostly clear, with a low around 42.
    6:25 a.m. to 7:36 p.m.


  • Town and Gown photo exhibit on display at HU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents the second Town and Gown Photography Show opened on April 11 in Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. A special reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

    The exhibit features the work of the university’s Media Arts and Technology Department students and faculty as well as the Meadow City Camera Club.