Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 11, 2017
  • Just a Thought: Ten things you will someday regret

    By Rick Kraft

    What is your biggest regret?  If you could go back and do it all over again, what would you change?

    The word “regret” is defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary as “sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one’s control of power or repair.” The key elements in this definition are “sorrow” and “beyond one’s control.”

  • Babbling Brooks - Plenty of room for two farmers markets

    This editorial was published by Capital News Service on June 2.

    Allegany and Garrett, Maryland’s two westernmost counties, tend to be lumped together as “Mountain Maryland,” their problems similar, their prospects equally muddled.

    But the two counties’ economic issues — and their approaches to solving them — differ starkly.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - With Father’s Day approaching: lessons I learned

    When I walked into Joseph Baca’s office at KFUN, I was struck by a piece of furniture standing quietly in the corner of the office. It was a squat blond console that I later learned housed a turntable.

    On the front was the original RCA logo. I told Joseph he’d be reading about his record player because my father was the inventor of it. Well, maybe that’s not exactly right, but Daddy was surely instrumental.

  • Mom, daughter triumph

    The mother-daughter duo of Stacy and Brandelyn Fulgenzi played conquerors this past weekend, winning the United States Tennis Association’s national indoor mother-daughter championship.

    The tournament, held June 2-4 in Vancouver, Wash., drew women’s doubles teams from across the nation.

    In advancing to the championship final, the Fulgenzis upset two pairs who are nationally ranked in the mother-daughter division.

  • Chihuahuas win 5-4

    Like the often evasive little dog that is its namesake, the El Paso Chihuahua baseball team again squirmed away from host Albuquerque on Thursday night, leaving town with a 5-4 comeback win and a three-games-to-one series triumph.

    The host Isotopes carried a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning and hadn’t trailed.

    Christian Villanueva’s solo home run in the eighth chopped the lead to one run.

  • Sunday hoops camp stars Bustos

    Sunday is the day for the Elite Basketball Camp for area boys and girls.

    West Las Vegas grad Vera Jo Bustos, who went on to set a school scoring record and All-American acclaim at Adams State before playing professionally in Greece, is heading the camp alongside Robertson girls’ coach Leroy Barela. Bustos is now an assistant with the UNM women’s program.

    Camp for elementary students runs from 9 a.m. to noon; for middle schoolers it’s 1 to 5 p.m. at Mike Marr Gym. The cost is $40 per player.

  • Go Fish - June 11, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Catches of the week
    Conchas Lake: Russ Schuler of Albuquerque caught a 21-inch walleye June 2. He was using a shad colored wally diver with a night crawler trailer.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 11, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies at Voodoo, TBA, Albuquerque

    • Las Vegas Little League minors division playoff games, 6:15 and 7:45 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Las Vegas Little League games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park


  • Skandera to resign June 20

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is stepping down after seven years on the job.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports Skandera’s tenure will end June 20.

    Gov. Susana Martinez has not named a new secretary of education, but Skandera said she is confident her successor will continue her push for reforms.