Today's News

  • Another Perspective: Capital outlay reforms a go

    Reforming New Mexico’s process for selecting and paying for public works projects, which is nearly universally criticized as inefficient and wasteful, will continue through administrative steps despite the lack of an appetite this year to enact reforms into law.

  • Just a Thought: Avoiding excess to live within the margins

    By Rick Kraft

    Sometimes I think that living life is all about living within the margins. Margins are boundaries. They surround us and keep us from getting too close to the edge. They exist for a reason and without margins, we would repeatedly be hitting the edge.

    What I am saying is that we need to live our lives with healthy balances in countless areas, but to avoid an excess in any single area.

    Let me take a step back and look at the big picture.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 9, 2017

    The San Francisco Chronicle on U.S. relations with China:

    Normally it’s better to skip the buildup and measure the outcome when a White House occupant meets a powerful foreign leader. Hype gets in the way of results.

    But this week’s two-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping with President Trump at his Florida country club bears contemplating in advance. The careful and all-powerful Chinese leader will be sitting down with a U.S. leader who is nothing like him.

  • No need to fear - Isotopes slide into 15th season

    ALBUQUERQUE — Creeping tarantulas, yipping dogs and a banquet setting of ballpark food lovingly christened with names like Radiation Burger and Nuclear Nachos.

    It must be opening week for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

    The team opened its 15th season under that name on Thursday night against the Salt Lake Bees, but not before amping up the excitement with Media Day on Monday afternoon at Isotopes Park.

  • Go Fish - April 9, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Fishing season began April 1; don’t forget your new license.

    Catches of the week
    Pecos River: Andres Martinez caught a 6-pound catfish March 27. He was fishing the river near Puerto de Luna and using chicken liver.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 9, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • NMHU at Adams State, noon, Pueblo, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Grizzlies at Santa Fe Sting, 2 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1 p.m., United World College fields, Montezuma
    • NMHU vs. Fort Lewis (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park

  • Mariachi extravaganza

    Mariachi music filled Mike Marr Gym during a concert last month as part of the Eighth Annual Youth Mariachi Conference.

    The conference, hosted by Las Vegas City Schools and the City of Las Vegas, brought more than 200 students together to learn new songs and techniques from professional group Mariachi Tradicional from Albuquerque. The group instructed beginner to advanced students.

    The concert was the grand closing of the annual conference as it brought all the students together for several songs.

  • Down to the wire

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez isn’t backing down from threats not to sign measures that would increase taxes in New Mexico as Friday’s deadline nears for her to take action on a host of bills passed during the recent legislative session.

    Her office on Tuesday reiterated that tax hikes are off the table.

    The political standoff between the two-term Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature leaves uncertainty about the $6.1 million budget approved during the session that ended March 18.

  • RHS group wins state in FFA contest

    A heroes’ welcome awaited members of the Robertson High chapter of Future Farmers of America as they returned to town this past Saturday evening.

    The group earned a first place finish in the Wildlife category of the state FFA competition in Las Cruces. It is believed to be a first for the school.

  • Mission: Medical school - Commitment to care

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two Highlands graduates will follow their dreams at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences medical programs in Mesa, Ariz.

    Molly Enenbach, B.S. biology 2016, was accepted to the School of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still, and Jivomir Siarov, B.A. pre-professional allied health 2016, was accepted to the doctor of physical therapy program.