Today's News

  • Weather - Dec. 26, 2012

    Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 40. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy with a low around 19.

    Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 43. Thursday night, mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and a 10 percent chance of snow showers.

    Mostly sunny with a high near 39. Friday night, mostly clear with a low around 16.

    Mostly sunny with a high near 46.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.

  • NMHU students receive Businessweek scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Four New Mexico Highlands University business students received scholarships from Bloomberg Businessweek for writing outstanding business case studies.

    The scholarships were funded through Bloomberg Businessweek’s B-School Connection Program, with a match this fall semester from the Highlands University Foundation.  

    Melissa Frank, a business management major from the university’s Farmington Center, won the $600 gold scholarship.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 26, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Do Donuts Fall in Winter?” by Viki Woodworth. Free and open to the public.


  • Leadership at Alta Vista

    We are sorry to see that Maridel Acosta is leaving her post as chief executive officer at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She brought to the job a genuine interest in the hospital as well as the community, and we appreciated her dedication to Job One — quality care for the hospital’s patients.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 26, 2012
  • Work of Art - Don’t mix killings with politics

    A side effect of last week’s Newtown, Conn., massacre, once we think beyond the heartache, futility and insanity resulting from the actions of a deranged 20-year-old who gunned down 26 people, is the politics that inevitably follows.

  • West girls win in nailbiter vs. Portales

    A gritty victory over one of Class 3A’s perennial state contenders was an early Christmas present for the West Las Vegas Lady Dons.

    Make no mistake — they earned it.

    West’s Michelle Tapia took a crisp pass across the lane from Jayme Quintana and laid the ball in for the game-winning bucket in a 45-43 verdict over Portales on Saturday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    The basket came with just 16 seconds left in a game that saw six ties and a dozen lead changes — six of them in the final quarter alone.

  • Holiday tourneys on tap in Vegas, Mora

    Merry Christmas, basketball fans of northern New Mexico.

    A souped-up Stu Clark Tournament bracket and a Tri-Cities tourney loaded with the area’s favorite small schools await.

    Both boys’ tournaments run from Thursday through Saturday.

    The Stu, in its 59th year, will be hosted at New Mexico Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. The Tri, also a longtime holiday tradition, is being held at Mora’s Montoya Gym.

  • Unbeaten no longer, Lobos get ‘Jacked’

    AP and Optic reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Lobos’ 12-game undefeated streak to start the season hit an unexpected speed bump Saturday at The Pit.

    You could say it got “jacked” by the Jackrabbits.

    Nate Wolters scored 28 points and handed out seven assists, leading South Dakota State to a 70-65 upset of No. 16 New Mexico. UNM plays a highly anticipated game at No. 11 Cincinnati (12-0) on Wednesday night.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 26, 2012

    • Robertson girls at Goddard tournament, TBA, Roswell
    • Tri-Cities Boys’ Basketball Tournament: Santa Rosa vs. McCurdy, 1 p.m., Pecos vs. Escalante, 3 p.m., Wagon Mound vs. Monte del Sol, 5:30 p.m., Mora vs. Peñasco, 7:30 p.m., Montoya Gym, Mora