Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 1, 2013

    Cinco de Mayo dance at Recreation Center
    A Cinco de Mayo Youth Dance at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center is set for 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday. Cost is $3. A DJ wll provide musical entertainment. The dance will also be supervised by center staff, and a concession stand will be available.

  • Weather - May 1, 2013

    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Blustery, with a northeast wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.


  • Clarification - May 1, 2013

    A story in the April 24 edition of the Optic reported that District Judge Eugenio Mathis was forced off the bench in late February for misconduct. In fact, Mathis resigned his position after being accused of misconduct as part of an agreement that was approved by the state Supreme Court. Mathis retained his retirement benefits, but he is not allowed to hold judicial office in New Mexico again.

  • HU singers to present musical show ‘Witches’

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University HU Singers present a musical production Witches at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    All tickets for Witches are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

    The music includes lively selections from two popular Broadway musicals: Stephen Schwartz’ Wicked andStephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

  • Que Pasa - May 1, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Black Rabbit” by Philippa Leathers.  Free and open to the public.

    • Yard Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at 1213 Sixth Street. There will be a variety of household items, books, appliances, clothing, CDs and more. This is a fundraiser for Rotary Club.

  • Beer sales a bad idea

    Attracting the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs to Las Vegas was a major feather in the cap of city officials, the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation.  

    If all goes as expected, the League’s decision to field a new team in Las Vegas will lead to an increase in the number of people visiting Las Vegas during their season, boosting revenues for hotels, gas stations and restaurants. And it will give the people of Las Vegas another option for entertainment.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 1, 2013
  • Work of Art - Curses! It’s cursive

    Remember the days of yore when people used to write? We’re talking about writing in two senses: writing a letter, for instance, and also using our pencils and pens to help us create messages someone else could read.

    Being a left-hander sort of excused me from winning or even competing in any penmanship sweepstakes at Immaculate Conception School, as our homeroom teacher in third grade, Sister Mary Plena Escritura would usually say, “What can we expect from Arthur? After all, he’s a left-hander.”

  • Robertson’s Montoya third in national tourney

    For champion grapplers like Rico Montoya, wrestling season never really ends.

    Montoya, who earned his third straight state championship in February, recently brought home a third-place finish from the Virginia Beach, Va., nationals, a tournament run by the National High School Coaches Association.

    The Robertson sophomore competed in the 120-pound weight class, which he’s maintained as a prep the last couple years.

  • NMHU loses but keeps division lead

    Chase Lacomb drove in four runs and hit 3 for 4 with a grand slam, a double and a walk, leading Colorado State-Pueblo past New Mexico Highlands 6-4 on Sunday at Brandt Park.
    It gave the visiting ThunderWolves a split of the four-game series, not enough to lift CSUP past NMHU in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings.