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Today's News

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 21, 2012

    THUMBS UP! OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE. The Castañeda Hotel in the historic Railroad District of East Las Vegas, may finally have a buyer. An  offer was made by Sloane McFarland of Arizona and accepted by owner Marie Eldh, although it won’t be a done deal until details such as financing are completed. Hopefully, there will be no roadblocks along the way to closing.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 21, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Optic kindled outlaw lore

    During the Optic’s first years, Las Vegas was the epicenter of vice and violence in the wild west, as many notorious outlaws took up residence in the new rail town.
    So it was that during the Optic’s formative years, Russ Kistler’s colorful coverage of the mayhem and mischief on the streets of Las Vegas, helped make the young editor one of the leading newspapermen of that era — and the Optic a precursor in creating the lore and legend of the western outlaw.

  • Another Perspective - A flood of memories with Sandy Hook news

    I cried most of the day Friday after I heard the news. It was unbearable to watch the special news reports on the television that hammered so relentlessly about the tragedy of children — babies for the Lord’s sake — being brutally murdered.
    It took me to almost late evening Saturday before I realized why I was so out-of-proportion upset. It was because, I finally realized, in a very small way, I had faced a similar incident more than a decade ago at San Bernardino Valley College in southern California where I was president.

  • Lobos complete sweep of Ags

    The Associated Press and Optic staff
    Kendall Williams tied a career high with 24 points, including nine during a first-half run that brought New Mexico back from a double-digit deficit, and the No. 16 Lobos beat rival New Mexico State for the second time in a week with a 68-63 win Wednesday night in Las Cruces.
    Tony Snell added 11 points for New Mexico (12-0), which matched the second-best start in school history.

  • Near fall
  • Cruz salutes a fallen fan

    By Tom Canavan
    AP Sports Writer

  • Tri-Cities basketball tourney comes to Mora Dec. 27-29

    Mora High School will host the annual Tri-Cities Boys’ Basketball Tournament, one of the premier small-school events of the hoops season, beginning on Thursday of next week.
    The eight-team tournament will run through Saturday, Dec. 29, at Montoya Gym in Mora.
    In the opening afternoon session, Santa Rosa plays McCurdy at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. That game will be followed by Pecos vs. Escalante at 3 o’clock.

  • Mines athletics leads nation

    Submitted to the Optic
    CLEVELAND — After the completion of seven fall NCAA championships, Colorado School of Mines remains atop the standings in the Learfield Cup, a nationwide competition measuring performance in up to 14 intercollegiate sports.
    Colorado School of Mines, based in Golden, Colo., is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and a rival of New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Coach joins call for action to prevent violence

    By Rusty Miller
    AP Sports Writer
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Moments after his team lost a basketball game, Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey spoke of a bigger loss.
    The first-year coach of the Eagles gave an impassioned plea for government and private leaders to act soon to prevent further massacres such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last week that left 20 children and six adults dead at the school.