Today's News

  • Nuestra Historia - Kistler was ubiquitous provocateur

    Russ Kistler was not entirely preoccupied with race issues and division, and his Optic reported in earnest on virtually every local activity, though mostly about East Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Dec. 14, 2012
  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 14, 2012

    Winston-Salem Journal on the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission (Dec. 10) — As the days dwindle before the U.S. government reaches its fiscal cliff, there is a place where both parties should be looking to find a compromise.
    The Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission provides an outline for how Democrats and Republicans can come together and avoid the kind of mess to which we’ll wake on New Year’s Day if they fail to do so.

  • All-American glory for duo

    Las Vegas Optic

    Jordan Campbell and Abdul Kanneh are going out as winners.

    The New Mexico Highlands University football standouts were named first-team All-Americans by Daktronics and the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America. This week’s announced honor comes after Beyond Sports Network named both as first-team All-Americans last week.

  • Española pulls away late, tops Dons

    Sharp shooting from the perimeter was the difference-maker Monday night as Española Valley defeated West Las Vegas 71-57 in boys’ basketball action at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The visiting Sundevils (6-2) made themselves at home beating a scrappy West defense by knocking down outside shots, and that superiority eventually overwhelmed the Dons (2-2).

    Española made seven three-pointers and several other long jump shots as West labored to keep up with the Sundevils’ quickness.

  • West girls now 5-0 after win in Socorro

    Michelle Tapia dominated the paint again on Tuesday night in Socorro, leading West Las Vegas to a 47-27 tally against the host Lady Warriors.

    The Lady Dons stayed unbeaten at 5-0; three of the wins have come on the road.

    Before returning home to Gillie Lopez Gym, they’ll test that road prowess this weekend at the second annual Capital City girls’ basketball tournament in Santa Fe.

    The tourney runs through Saturday.

  • New Mexico Bowl is Saturday

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two teams that ended their regular-season schedules in disappointing fashion will meet at University Stadium on Saturday, when Nevada faces Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl.

    Nevada (7-5, 4-4 Mountain West) got off to a 6-1 start to become eligible for a bowl.

    But an overtime loss to San Diego State sent the Wolf Pack into a 1-4 tailspin to close the season.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 14, 2012

    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, 6 and 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys at Sandia Prep tournament, TBA, Albuquerque
    • Robertson girls, West Las Vegas girls, West Las Vegas boys at Capital City tournaments, TBA, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas JV boys at Bernalillo JV tournament, TBA, Bernalillo
    • Memorial, Mora Middle School girls at Taos tourney, TBA, Taos


  • Rugelach: A Jewish cookie you can give anyone

    By Elizabeth Karmel
    The Associated Press

    My sister, Mary Pat, is the born baker in the family. She has a sweet tooth that she has polished into a fine baking skill. Everything she makes is delicious, but she is famous for her rugelach.

    As is common with rugelach, the recipe is passed down from family baker to family baker. This recipe originally came from our cousin Vera, but my sister has lovingly tweaked it to make it her own. It is made with sour cream instead of cream cheese, making the pastry lighter and flakier than most rugelach.

  • Quick Recipies


    Start to finish: 45 minutes
    Makes 24 bars

    2 cups old fashioned oats
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cloves
    3/4 cup chopped pecans
    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
    12-ounce jar apricot preserves

    Heat the oven to 350 F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray, then line it with parchment paper.