Today's News

  • Noticias - March 12, 2017

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    • If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.

    • The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 800-925-4186 or Frances at 575-815-8544.

  • Que Pasa - March 12, 2017

    3 to 5 p.m.
    The Las Vegas Jewish Community is having a Purim party at the historic Temple Montefiore (Newman Chapel). For more information, call Diana Presser 505-399-9633.


    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.

    March 15

  • Mora Elementary students learn of Black History Month, Mardi Gras

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mora Elementary School students spent two days celebrating Black History Month by learning about the enslaved people in New Orleans.

    The students learned of how the people relentlessly toiled in an unjust system, while working and counting down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were able to congregate in Congo Square.  

  • Dear Teacher - March 12, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Where can I find out what the Common Core standards require children to learn at different grade levels? — Seeking Information

    Answer: You are wise to want to learn more about the Common Core standards, as much misinformation about them exists. First of all, they are educational standards only for English language arts (ELA)/literacy and mathematics in grades K-12. These standards do not dictate how teachers should teach these subjects; this is determined by teachers and their schools.

  • First time for everything

    By Gwen Albers
    United World College
    UWC-USA’s first-ever rugby team went into an Albuquerque tournament of Feb. 25 with the odds against them.

    UWC-USA was making its debut appearance against teams in the New Mexico Youth Rugby league, some of which had 20 to 25 years of experience.

    Only two of the UWC-USA’s nearly 20 members had played rugby before coming to the international high school in Montezuma. Those who had played school-yard rugby and in youth leagues.

  • Final Four basketball updates

    CLASS 4A BOYS semifinals
    Hope Christian 66, Robertson 42, final.

    3A BOYS semifinals
    Pecos 71, Dulce 51, final. Panthers advance to state championship game vs. Santa Rosa 10 a.m. Saturday in The Pit.

    CLASS 2A BOYS semifinals
    Lordsburg 66, Mora 57, final.

    CLASS 4A GIRLS semifinals
    Shiprock 61, Robertson 56, overtime, final.

  • Special session?

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The focus of New Mexico lawmakers on “meaningless bills” such as establishing the official state dance may force Gov. Susana Martinez to call a special session to deal with larger issues such as the strapped budget, a spokesman for the governor said Tuesday.

  • Nationals qualifier
  • Ex-city clerk charged in wrong-way crash

    Sheryl Yara, a former Las Vegas city clerk, was arrested on Saturday night as a result of a wrong-way crash, just south of Las Vegas.

    She has been charged with aggravated DWI, causing great bodily harm by vehicle due to DWI, and driving the wrong way.

    This is her first DWI.

  • Gunning for glory - State tourneys lure fans

    The shoe polished windows, hand-crafted signs and bumper stickers are a dead giveaway.

    Throughout the week — and likely through Saturday night — a road trip south on Interstate 25 will serve up telltale signs of Las Vegas, Pecos and Mora’s participation in that most hallowed of late-winter traditions — the state basketball tournaments. Fans of Dons, Cardinals, Panthers and Rangers boys’ and girls’ teams have been making the trek to the center of the state, in some cases daily, to see their favorite teams in action.