Today's News

  • AG is right on drug laws

    Harsh federal mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug crimes have done little to curb the drug problem in this nation, though they have resulted in overcrowded prisons.

    So it’s refreshing to hear Attorney General Eric Holder talking about a more rational approach to dealing with those who break federal drug laws. For instance, he is pledging to no longer charge low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who have no ties to gangs or large-scale drug operations with offenses that require stiff mandatory sentences.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 26, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Marketplace and Medicare

    If you haven’t already, you’re going to hear a lot over the next few months about the Health Insurance Marketplace, a new and convenient way to shop for health care coverage.

    The initial enrollment period kicks off on Oct. 1 and runs through March 31, 2014. During that time, the Marketplace is likely to turn into a household word, as health insurance becomes the topic of TV and radio shows, newspaper articles, Internet messages and everyday conversations.

  • Scrimmages galore

    A number of local fall sports teams wrapped up their preseason preparations with scrimmages of one type or another this past weekend.

    Robertson’s football team clashed with the visiting Tucumcari Rattlers on Thursday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium in a string of offense vs. defense series. Coach Leroy Gonzalez’s staff is getting the Cardinals ready for the season opener this Friday night at Portales.

  • Isotopes solid vs. Sounds

    A return to The Lab was all the Isotopes needed to right the ship.

    But can they stay on course long enough to sail back into the lead of the PCL American Southern?

    Albuquerque took control in the middle innings Saturday night against Nashville, pounding out 15 hits in a 12-7 win over the Sounds.

    Nashville scored three times in the top of the first inning and also led 4-2 midway through the third.

    But the Isotopes tied it with two runs in the bottom of the third and pulled ahead for the first time courtesy of a four-run fourth.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 26, 2013

    • West Las Vegas junior varsity vs. Taos, 4 p.m., WLV
    • Las Vegas city league championship tournaments, men’s and women’s division brackets, beginning at 6 p.m., city softball complex

    • Robertson girls vs. Goddard, 3 p.m., TBA
    • Las Vegas city league championship tournaments, men’s and women’s division brackets, beginning at 6 p.m., city softball complex

  • Chula Vista makes finals

    The Associated Press

  • Coalition taking over shelter

    The City of Las Vegas is planning to hand over operations of its animal shelter to the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico.

    City councilors unanimously approved a contract with the local non-profit at Wednesday evening’s council meeting.

  • Nepotism language scrutinized

    The fate of the Luna Community College nepotism policy remains on hold for the time being.  

    For several months the board of trustees has been looking at potentially changing the policy. Some, however, call it a political ploy to allow board members to favor the hiring of relatives. Meanwhile others say the policy is too restrictive and does not allow qualified applicants to have a fair chance of obtaining employment at the college if there is any relation to someone currently employed with the college — driving them to seek employment elsewhere.

  • Restoring a classic - Group specializes in second chances

    By Eric Martin
    Las Vegas Optic

    The 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne had been written off as a hunk of rusting metal destined for the scrap heap.

    But the folks at family and individual counseling group Amistad Y Resolana — who work with people who often have been written off —  looked at the classic car and saw its potential.