Today's News

  • NMSU considers furloughs for faculty

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University may furlough faculty members to help trim $10.7 million from the budget.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the university is restructuring while enrollment declines and state funding drops.

    University Provost Dan Howard says the faculty has been largely untouched by the process so far, and is the last place to look for cost savings.

    He said furloughs are just one of the options up for consideration ahead of June budget decisions.

  • Editorial Cartoon: May 11, 2016
  • Editorial : Time to demand action

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Portland Press Herald of Maine and was originally published on May 4.

    Twenty-three times so far this year, according to The Washington Post, a child age 3 or younger has found and fired a gun. In 11 of these shootings, somebody— usually the child —was killed. Incidents like these are shocking, tragic and largely preventable. But that means fully, and finally, committing ourselves to policies and technology that help keep firearms out of kids’ hands.

  • A work of Art: What does ‘they’ mean?

    “Marilyn, what are the positive, comparative and superlative degrees of ‘good’?”

    She answered, “Good, better, best.”

    “Very good, Marilyn.”

    “And Arthur, almost asleep in the corner there: What are the three degrees of ‘high’?”

    “Uh, the three degrees of ‘hi’ are ‘hi,’ ‘hello’ and ‘how do you do?’”

  • Looking Back May 11, 2016

    Thursday, May 12, 1966 — Mary London Walker, a senior from Houston, was crowned Miss Southwest Wind 1966 at the annual pageant in University Hall. Other finalists were Nancy Walkers, Gayle Gallagher, Rita Greene and Olivia Lovato. The judges were Orlando Maes, Jim Grebe, Bill Roush, Stuart Beck and Dennis Mitchell.

  • Weather May 11, 2016


    HIGH 73° / LOW 40°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

    5:59 a.m. to 7:56 p.m.




  • Que Pasa May 11, 2016


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.


    1 to 2 p.m.

  • Retired judge receives national award

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas resident and retired Judge J. Michael Kavanaugh was honored on April 4 at the 2016 Lifesavers Conference in Long Beach, Calif. 

    Mark Rosekind, administrator for the National Highway Traffic Administration, presented the National Public Service Award to Judge Kavanaugh as part of that organization’s national gathering.

  • Noticias May 11, 2016

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  • Mora sluggers earn No. 4 seed

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Mora Rangers were rewarded with the No. 4 seed in the eight-team Class 1A-2A baseball tournament and begin the drive toward the championship on Wednesday evening in Rio Rancho.

    The selection and seeding was announced Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    Mora (16-6) will play No. 5 Gateway Christian (8-9) at 7 p.m. at Rio Rancho High School. The Rangers are led by Alonzo Aragon (.583 batting average.

    Mora and Gateway are 1-5 and 2-1, respectively, vs. common opponents Santa Rosa, Melrose and McCurdy.