Today's News

  • Our 2018 resolutions: Same as it ever was

    New Year’s resolutions often have much to do with healthy living. The Optic’s resolutions won’t change much from before, but are more a renewed vow to keep balance in the discussion.

    You might think that you don’t recall seeing Optic New Year’s resolutions in the past. Perhaps you hadn’t, and we didn’t make any in some years, but our resolve has always been the same: to provide balanced, interesting coverage of people, events and places that matter to San Miguel and Mora county readers.

  • Living life with joy in your heart

    By Rick Kraft

    Is there joy in your heart? No really, is there joy in your heart? Some people have it and some don’t.
    Over the many years of my existence, I have come up with many theories. Some people call them “Rickisms.” One of them is that happy people make other people happy.

    Another is that hurting people hurt people.

    Basically, we can’t give to others something we don’t have. Or the flip side, we can only give to others what we have within us.

  • Then and now: Machu Picchu and Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech

    Before I compare Machu Picchu in Peru with Las Vegas, let me tell you how I got there. (I got here via Route 66/Santa Fe Trail exactly two years ago).

    Back in Washington Grade School in Fort Wayne, Ind., I had an exceptional Social Studies teacher.

    When studying the explorers, Miss Opal Nichols divided my seventh-grade class into committees to research and present our findings to the rest of the class. My friend, Sue Brenn, got Montezuma, Kathy Dunigan got Balboa. I got Pizarro.

  • Growing ecotourism means thinking regionally

    The historical buildings in Las Vegas, N.M., are a treasure, to be sure, and are much talked about.

    What we don’t talk about often is the natural treasures we have beneath our feet.
    We should, because we need to value and preserve these treasures.

  • There are no easy options left for Luna

    By Joe McCaffrey

    The last two months have been very grim for Luna Community College, its Board of Trustees and its interim president, Ricky Serna.

    Optic readers will recall that on Nov. 8, 2017, the Higher Learning Commission, the accreditation organization for the central U.S., issued a show-cause order requiring LCC to present its case in writing by Feb. 1, 2018, showing why its accreditation should not be withdrawn.

    This will be followed by an HLC on-site visit and a decision by June about Luna’s accreditation fate.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

  • Guard play boosts Lady Dons vs. Clayton

    Cameron Sandoval scored her team’s last six points — including a 4-for-6 stretch at the foul line — as West Las Vegas held off a scrappy Clayton bunch 59-54 on Thursday night at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The Lady Dons improved to 8-3 going into Saturday’s home game against Hot Springs. Clayton slipped to 6-5.

    The narrow victory was a valuable test for a young Lady Dons team still learning how to close out games. Two nights earlier, they had led much of the way against undefeated and No. 3 ranked Moriarty only to lose in overtime.

  • Pecos wins big in NRG

    Winning by its most lopsided margin yet this season, the Pecos boys’ basketball team opened the Northern Rio Grande tournament by spanking Questa 86-11 on Thursday in Jacona.

    The Panthers’ high-octane offense was matched only by its stingy defense in the first period, when they raced to a 33-1 lead.

    It was 44-1 before the Wildcats broke through for their first field goal. And it was 54-3 at halftime.

  • Welcome back: After more than a year away, Bree Roybal returns for Lady Cards

    It took place on Sandia Prep’s gymnasium floor two hours down the interstate in Albuquerque.

    But make no mistake about it — Thursday night was homecoming for Brianna “Bree” Roybal.

    The Robertson senior made her eagerly awaited return to the lineup for the Lady Cardinal basketball team after more than a year out of action due to injury.

    And it was all that a homecoming should be.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Jan. 8-12

    MONDAY (Jan. 8)

    • Mora Middle School boys vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., Mora


    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. Moriarty, 4 p.m., Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (A,B,C) vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Lopez Gym
    • Mora girls (A,B) vs. West Las Vegas, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym  
    • Pecos girls vs. Cottonwood Classical, TBA, Sanchez Gym
    • Memorial Middle School boys at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos