Today's News

  • Thatcher rejected feminist label

    By Jill Lawless
    The Associated Press

    LONDON — She was Britain’s first female leader, a strong woman who battled her way to the top of a male-dominated political system — but don’t call Margaret Thatcher a feminist.

  • Garcia brings home gold

    Submitted to the Optic

    In her own words, Luna Community College Dental Assisting student Monica Garcia said she was “shocked and nervous” when she heard her name called after winning the gold medal at Saturday’s New Mexico SkillsUSA closing ceremony at the Crown Plaza.

    “I love the dental assisting program,” said Garcia minutes after receiving her gold medal. “I had been out of school for five years and the experience has been great. I was well prepared. I’m looking forward to competing at the national level.”

  • Que Pasa - April 10, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 in the children’s area of the pubic library. This week’s book is “I Went to a Farm” by Judy Nayer. Free and open to the public.
    • West Las Vegas Valley Music’s Mariachi Extravaganza has been postponed. The performance originally scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10 has been postponed until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at the school gym. Already purchased tickets, may be used for entry for the concert on April 24.

  • Veto was shortsighted

    In an executive message attached to the state budget bill signed into law last week, Gov. Susana Martinez states that she is committed to ensuring that state government never grows beyond its means.

    Martinez’s stance on fiscal matters is refreshing, particularly given the excesses and binge spending of her predecessor. The $5.9 billion budget that Martinez signed maintains reserves at a projected 11 percent. Maintaining a healthy reserve is critical, given economic uncertainties and looming federal spending cuts.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 10, 2013
  • Work of Art - Let’s hear it for sobriety

    The plan was to make this my last column. Yes, the idea was to end on this topic, ideally with Column No. 1000, which would have been during the first few months of 2022. Figure, 52 columns a year (I’ve never missed a week!); today’s column is around No. 540, so we’re more than halfway there.

  • Highlands qualifies in javelin, 100, 400 relay

    ALBUQUERQUE — Efforts from Sheneika Rochester, Michelle Traynham and the 400-meter relay team highlighted a strong team performance by the New Mexico Highlands Unversity women’s track and field squad at the Don Kirby Tailwind Invitational Saturday in Albuquerque.

  • Tough week for Riders

    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College softball team lost three of four games to Odessa College. The Lady Rough Riders took a 9-6 win in the second game on Friday.

    They lost game one 7-1, game three 13-7 and game four 6-1. They host Howard College on Friday and Saturday in scheduled doubleheaders.

    The Rough Rider baseball team lost four games to New Mexico Junior College on the road. The Rough Riders lost 6-5, 10-6, 7-3 and 9-8. They host Western Texas College on Friday and Saturday.

  • Bazuin, Ward go yard vs. Rangers

    A late-inning surge gave New Mexico Highlands a 12-6 victory at Regis in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball on Sunday afternoon in Denver.

    Mike Bazuin and Derek Ward hit home runs and Jarred Middleton capped a fine weekend by going 3 for 4 at the plate for NMHU (19-15 overall, 15-9 RMAC).

    Sunday’s win gave Highlands a three-games-to-one series victory over the host Rangers (17-9, 12-8). The team hosts Colorado Christian this coming weekend at Brandt Park. The Cougars are 4-27, 2-20.

  • Albuquerque ISOTOPES 2013 schedule

    Thursday, April 4: Iowa, 6:35 p.m.
    Friday, April 5: Iowa, 2:05 p.m.
    Saturday, April 6: Iowa, 7:05 p.m.
    Sunday, April 7: Iowa, 1:35 p.m.
    Monday, April 8: Omaha, 6:35 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 9: Omaha, 6:35 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 10: Omaha, 6:35 p.m.
    Thursday, April 11: Omaha, 12:05 p.m.
    Friday, April 12: At Iowa
    Saturday, April 13: At Iowa
    Sunday, April 14: At Iowa
    Monday, April 15: At Iowa
    Tuesday, April 16: At Omaha
    Wednesday, April 17: At Omaha
    Thursday, April 18: At Omaha