Today's News

  • Gov confident top adviser did no wrong

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday that she’s confident a close political adviser did nothing wrong and called allegations of fundraising violations “cheap shots” following reports of a federal investigation.

  • HU students preserve a part of history

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The war memories of 18 New Mexico World War II veterans were captured in video oral histories before their stories are lost forever, thanks to the work of two Highlands University media arts students.

     Jacob Erickson and Ivana Vidal from Highlands produced the videos for the New Mexico History Museum in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services.

  • Old Town merchants starting new tradition

    Submitted to the Optic

    “The Pet Project” Old Town Stroll will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. this Friday and will benefit The Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeast New Mexico.

    Stores around the Plaza and up and down Bridge Street will be participating and staying open until 8 p.m.
    Each store will have one or more prizes with the winners drawn at 8 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. El Zocalo Art Gallery will have four prizes: Sarah Frazier has donated a hand-beaded hat band with black cats cavorting on a white background.

  • Lawmaker eyes changes to criminal justice system

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    House Majority Leader Nate Gentry wants state lawmakers to take up new criminal justice measures amid a string of high-profile crimes involving repeat offenders and he is promising to quickly push the bills himself.

    Gentry, R-Albuquerque, unveiled proposals Monday aimed at requiring harsher penalties for intentional child abuse and developing a criminal database to help judges. Gentry also wants a bill to allow cities to pass curfews laws targeting minors.

  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 11, 2015
  • Correction Nov. 11, 2015

    Highlands President deserves an ‘F’
    Editor’s note: This letter first appeared in our Sunday edition and is being reprinted due to a line that was inadvertently deleted in the editing process.

  • Thank you, veterans

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial first appeared in the Optic last Veterans Day.

    “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
    — President Harry S. Truman

    Those words — chiseled into stone and on display at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., — are just as true today as they were when President Truman said them nearly 70 years ago.

  • A work of Art: Heidi Game revisited

    It’s hard to imagine that years after a fiasco involving a television network that other geniuses would produce a rerun of that shameful act.

    How many readers can recall the infamous “Heidi Game”? It took place in the fall of 1968 and involved two leading (at the time) National Football League teams, the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. There was a virtual rerun of the “Heidi Game” this past Sunday, although not quite of the magnitude of the one 47 years ago.
    Let me explain:

  • Looking Back Nov. 11, 2015

    Friday, Nov. 5, 1965 — Two Highlands University students are being questioned by City Police today in connection with a burglary at Hilton’s warehouse, Eleventh and National, last night. The two were arrested last night after police found them under a car inside the warehouse. Entry was gained through a broken window; however, police learned the window had been broken since morning. Two boxes of parachutes and nylon straps taken in the burglary were recovered by police.

  • Weather Nov. 11, 2015


    HIGH 51° / LOW 20°

    Sunny, with a high near 51. Windy, with a northwest wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. 

    6:32 a.m. to 4:57 p.m.



    HIGH 54° / LOW 20°

    Sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

    6:33 a.m. to 4:56 p.m.