Today's News

  • Unfortunate ruling

    Terminally ill patients in New Mexico struggling with end-of-life decisions suffered a sad setback last week.

    The New Mexico Court of Appeals determined that doctors should not be allowed to help competent, terminally ill patients who want to end their lives, reversing a lower court’s ruling.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 17, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Years-long drought draining away

    It seems New Mexico’s drought is over. Let the flooding begin.

    The drought actually began to noticeably subside a couple of years ago, and has now disappeared altogether in nearly all of the eastern side of New Mexico. The U.S. Drought Monitor, which was covered in blood red (the color used for exceptional drought) just a couple of years ago, has been showing a steady retraction since.

  • A Grizzly ending

    Fresno shut down the Albuquerque Isotopes offense for the final six innings this past Thursday night to win 10-4 and clinch a series victory at Isotopes Park.

    Fresno improved to 69-48 going into the weekend, while Albuquerque slipped to 51-67.

    The Isotopes tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the second courtesy of Jeremy Barfield’s three-run homer that scored Roger Bernadina and Tom Murphy.

  • Hard knocks - Highlands Cowboy alumni toiling for NFL dreams

    The dream of playing professional football at the highest level has come true — sort of — for Jordan Campbell.

    The former star linebacker for New Mexico Highlands University, who earned All-America honors in two seasons with the NCAA Division II school, highlights a list of former Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standouts now working to make an NFL roster as training camps continue across the league.

  • MWC football on rise

    By Arnie Stapleton
    AP Sports Writer

    FORT COLLINS, Colo.  — When Jim McElwain bolted for Florida, longtime Georgia assistant Mike Bobo knew Colorado State was the perfect place to try his hand as a head coach.

    The Rams are coming off their first 10-win season since 2002, feature a star-studded roster led by super receiver Rashard Higgins and will be moving into a new on-campus stadium in a couple of years.

    It’s the competition that really drew Bobo’s attention.

  • Training camp scuffles plentiful in NFL this year

    By Steve Reed
    AP Sports Writer

    NFL training camps are in full swing.

    There’s never a shortage of desperation, heat or testosterone this time of year, and that leads to plenty of fisticuffs, on and off the field.

    Usually, high-profile players manage to stay above the fray.

    This summer, a few have made headlines, including Cam Newton, Dez Bryant and Geno Smith.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 17, 2015

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Memphis Redbirds, 6:05 p.m., Memphis, Tenn.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Memphis Redbirds, 6:05 p.m., Memphis, Tenn.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Nashville Sounds, 6:05 p.m., Nashville, Tenn.

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Nashville Sounds, 6:05 p.m., Nashville, Tenn.


  • Musician Preston Garza dies

    Preston Garza, an award-winning musician who entertained crowds with his Spanish folk music for years, has died. He was 44.

    Garza died at his home in Tecolote Wednesday night, just one month shy of his 45th birthday, his aunt Margie Garza told the Optic. She said an autopsy was planned to determine cause of death.

    “It’s hard. We couldn’t sleep last night,” she said.

  • Few changes at West district

    Students of the West Las Vegas School district will return Monday with zero changes from the previous school year, while staff will receive a 1 percent raise this school year.