Today's News

  • Mariachi masters

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University will be presenting Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles in concert Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Regents name UNM’s first female president

    The Associated Press

    Regents at the University of New Mexico have selected Garnett Stokes to serve as the first woman president in the school’s 128-year history.

    The decision came Thursday morning during a special meeting in Albuquerque.

    Provost of the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus, Stokes replaces Bob Frank, who left the office last year.

  • In Brief, Friday, Nov. 14, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Daylight Saving falls back Sunday Daylight Saving Time comes to an end Sunday. Don’t forget to “fall back” an hour, from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday. The result will be a sunrise and sunset on Sunday that are about an hour earlier than the day before. N.M. drops in drug deaths ranking SANTA FE — New Mexico is likely to fall further in a national ranking of states when it comes to drug overdose deaths, largely because fatalities have increased elsewhere.

  • Defense at trial: Griego’s $50K commission legal

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former New Mexico state senator went on trial Tuesday on accusations he used his elected office to profit from the sale of a state-owned building, in a high-stakes corruption trial that has spurred calls for government ethics reforms.

  • Choir to swing into Sunday concert

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic

    The Highlands University Madrigal Choir is turning a deaf ear to traditional music and swinging out to jazz this weekend.

    Hence the title, from a song written for Frank Sinatra by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen in 1957:  “Come Fly with Me!” 

  • Piano Preservationists

    A special Sept. 15 event commemorated the restoration of a rare Kilgen pipe organ operated by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Las Vegas. Steuart Goodwin came out from California for the event on behalf of the Organ Historical Society. Santa Fe organ-builder and restorer John Grunow was in attendance, and musician Maxine Thevenot of Albuquerque led the Maia Trio in a performance at the event that included her playing the historic organ.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 3, 2017


    We applaud West Las Vegas Schools for making some apparent improvements in a pair of fall-sport high school programs: football and girls soccer. With football, the evidence is in not only in how well the Dons fared against their longtime crosstown measuring tape, the Robertson Cardinals, staying in a competitive game for three quarters, but in its success throughout the season.

  • ‘Think’ report proposes a way toward better instruction

    Dispatch New Mexico

    Over the years, my two daughters attended four different elementary schools in three states, while their middle and high school years were spent here in New Mexico. Despite all our moving around, I think they’re no worse for the wear, as their success beyond their primary and secondary educations indicates.

    As for their old man, I think I gained some parental insight into what makes some schools better than others, including this: It’s the principals who turn schoolhouses into true facilities were learning.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Nov. 5-10

    • AYF state finals: Las Vegas Outlaws 9-10 vs. Taos Tigers, 2 p.m., Herrera Complex; Las Vegas Outlaws 11-12 vs. Santa Fe Roadrunners, TBA
    • NMHU at Oklahoma City Open, TBA, Oklahoma City

    • No varsity events scheduled

    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., MMS
    • NMHU at Western State, 7 p.m., Gunnison, Colo.