Today's News

  • Isotopes weather 9th inning scare

    Albuquerque Isotopes and Optic staff reports

    The Memphis Redbirds (25-15) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but the Isotopes (21-18) were able to hang on and secure a 4-3 win on Wednesday night. The victory for Albuquerque marked the team’s third win in the last four games.

    In his second appearance with the club, Isotopes starter Thad Weber earned his first win of the season. The right-hander allowed just two runs to the Redbirds potent offense, striking out six and walking one during his five innings on the mound.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 19, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs SkySox, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • LVLL games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games, starting at 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • LVLL games starting 5:15 p.m., Keyes Park
    • La Plaza games starting 5:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Colorado Springs SkySox, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque


  • BREAKING: New coach for Dons basketball

    Clyde Sanchez, a veteran of the northern New Mexico coaching ranks with ties to West Las Vegas, has been hired as the Dons' new head basketball coach.

    Sanchez's hiring was confirmed on Tuesday evening.

    Sanchez is a former assistant at West and at Santa Fe Prep, and he is a former head coach at Pecos.

    "We look forward to working with Clyde and all that he brings to West Las Vegas," said Richard Tripp, WLV athletic coordinator. "He has a great reputation as a head coach and as a person."

  • Bradner project approaches

    One of the city’s primary water storage facilities, Bradner Dam is on track for the start of a planned $7.6 million improvement project.

    In their most recent work session, Las Vegas City Council members heard an update on the project from representatives of URS, the firm overseeing Bradner’s rehabilitation.

    URS told councilors that planners are “on schedule for getting thing submitted to the state engineer.” Specifically, final design plans are set to be delivered on May 26.

  • Gonzales: Resist hatred

    Submitted to the Optic

    Resist division and hatred, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement May 13.

    A record number of 1,051 students graduated from Highlands and its centers, with 633 earning their diplomas in Las Vegas. Of these total graduates, 66 percent earned bachelor’s degrees and 34 percent completed master’s degrees.

    Gonzales said division makes both individual and collective progress formidable, if not impossible.

  • Teacher enters governor’s race

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Alcohol-prevention teacher Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe on Monday announced his run for governor of New Mexico as a Democrat, pledging to seek progressive solutions to issues of early childhood education, access to health care and poverty.

    A New Mexico resident since 1995, DeBenedittis described himself as a political outsider who does not owe favors to past campaign contributors.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - My first college graduation

    By Beth Urech

    Don’t get me wrong. I graduated from college, but I didn’t attend the ceremony.

    That’s why my first graduation was at Highlands University on Saturday, May 13, 2017. As I entered the Wilson Complex, families were parading in. All dressed up. Little girls in party dresses with hair elegantly braided. Little boys in white shirts and new combat boots.

  • A sobering traffic jam
  • In Brief - News - May 17, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Ban targets abortion groups
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is moving forward with a plan to massively expand a ban on federal dollars going to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.

  • Weather - May 17, 2017


    HIGH 70° / LOW 41°
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
    5:54 a.m. to 8:01 p.m.


    HIGH 62° / LOW 34°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    5:54 a.m. to 8:01 p.m.