Today's News

  • Que Pasa - April 6, 2012

    • The office of the Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Friday, April 6 in observance of Good Friday. The office will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 9.
    • In observance of Good Friday the offices of San Miguel county will be closed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6. They will reopen on Monday, April 9.
    • Luna Community College will be closed on Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9 for Easter break. The college will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, April 10.

  • Honoring Fabian

    Northern New Mexico track and field athletes representing 10 schools gathered for an upbeat memorial service held not in a chapel but in the sun and shadows of Cardinal Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Mora sluggers break through

    The Mora Rangers picked up a breakthrough win in their first district baseball contest of the season on March 30, downing Peñasco 7-6.

    Mora sophomore pitcher Manuelray Benavidez earned the win after striking out 11 in seven innings. The Rangers’ leading hitter was Marcelino Herrera, who went 3 for 3. Benavidez helped his own cause, going 3 for 4, and senior Garrick Martinez hit 2 for 3.

    Mora couldn’t quite keep the momentum going in its next district game Tuesday in Pecos. The host Panthers won 3-1.

  • Gents back in action
  • Sipapu open again for skiers

    Submitted to the Optic

    VADITO, N.M. — After picking up more than a foot of new snow Monday night, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort announced Tuesday morning it would open for ski operations once more.

    Sipapu had been open weekends only since March 31, but after getting pounded with 14 inches of new snow last night, officials made the call to fire up the lifts again Tuesday morning.

  • Go Fish - April 6, 2012


    CHARETTE LAKES: Trout fishing fair using salmon eggs.  
    CONCHAS LAKE: Fishing was generally slow for all species. A few walleye were taken by anglers using jig and minnow combinations. Fishing pressure was light. The surface water temp was in the mid to high 50s.
    COYOTE CREEK: Trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs and Power Bait. Big fish reported this past week was a 14-inch brown.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 6, 2012

    • NMHU at Metro State (DH), noon, Denver
    • Robertson hosts Cardinal Invite, 9 a.m., Gene Torres Golf Course (RESCHEDULED from Monday)
    • LCC vs. Lamar CC (DH), 11 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo (DH), noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    Track and field
    • NMHU women at UNM, TBA, Albuquerque


  • Celebrating Awareness Month
  • Treatment conference in May

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work Community Clinical Treatment Program will present a Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Conference in Albuquerque May 16 – 18, highlighting the latest treatment methods.

    The conference, which will be an annual event, will be at the Sandia Resort and Casino.

  • In Brief - Education - April 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    UNM museum returns artifacts
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico has returned to Mexican officials artifacts believed to be of Pre-Columbian origin.

    The Consulate of Mexico announced the return of the artifacts late Tuesday.

    The items include beads made of shell that are estimated to be around 700 years old.