Today's News

  • Valley essay contest winners

    West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School recently recognized Cancer, Violence & Drug Prevention Awareness Month in October with an essay contest.

    The winners were Charlotte Gallegos, Ben Sandoval, Gabriella Salinas, Isaiah Ortiz and Ezekiel Gallegos.

  • Memorial Middle School Honor Roll, Nov. 6

    Seventh Graders

    Carrillo, Estrella E

    Gallegos, Isaiah Robert

    Harris, Kristalynn C

    Leger, Trey J

    Martinez, Alexia M

    Medina, Corazzon

    Mello, Eduardo William

    Montano, Tomas J

  • Hey, legislators: Opioids, meth are not talking points

    It would be tough to pick out one single issue that is somehow more important than others for the 2017 New Mexico Legislature to address.

    However, if the legislature can attack opioids and methamphetamines with meaningful bills on this front that Gov. Susana Martinez will sign, the Optic Editorial Board will gladly accept this as a top priority.

  • Using three jars to attain financial stability

    Just a Thought ... By Rick Kraft

    If you keep doing what you’re doing, you are going to keep getting what you’re getting.

  • Local and state leaders: Luna needs your help

    By Joe McCaffrey


    “We have meet the enemy and he is us.”

    Watt Kelly, Pogo, (April 22, 1970).

    Gov. Susana Martinez; Secretary of the New Mexico of Higher Education Department, Dr. Barbara Damron; and, San Miguel District Attorney, Richard Flores, Luna Community College needs your help.


  • The Nation In Brief, Dec. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Flynn pleads guilty to lying

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Gov. Martinez appoints Bern. Co. commissioner as state auditor

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson as the new state auditor.

    Her office made the announcement Friday after calling earlier this month for applications to fill the remainder of the term vacated by Democrat Tim Keller, who was elected mayor of Albuquerque. Johnson, a Republican, was unsuccessful in his mayoral bid.

    Keller stepped down as auditor Thursday.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017

    Sunday, Dec. 3

    The Fourth Annual Mora Winterfest Light Parade will be taking place at sundown. The theme is Miracle of Christmas. No entry fee for applicants. Contact Lillian Maestas at 575-643-6000 or 575-387-5135 for an application.

  • Hoops: Mora wins opener

    Getting solid play from their bigs, the Mora Rangers prevailed against Cuba 73-68 in a close contest Friday as part of the Brian Gallegos Memorial Shootout hosted by West Las Vegas.

    It was a successful debut for Mora coach Carlos Arellano.

    Later Friday, West Las Vegas' Lady Dons doubled up Wingate 72-36, with Briana Marquez leading the double-digit scorers.

    West's boys also won their home debut, routing Wingate 70-51 in the nightcap. The Dons, playing just their third game under new head coach Clyde Sanchez, shot well from distance and led by as much as 36.