Today's News

  • Weather - March 11, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind around 5 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.


  • Special enrollment period announced for insurance

    Submitted to the Optic
    If you’re in the process of filing your 2014 taxes and learn you’re going to be penalized for not having health insurance in 2014, you may qualify for a special enrollment period to obtain coverage for 2015.

  • Que Pasa - March 11, 2015

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “If You Were a Dog by” Jamie A. Swenson. Free and open to the public.


  • Supreme Court got it right

    We applaud the state Supreme Court for its ruling Monday that state law requires all New Mexicans to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

    Reason has finally prevailed.

    You may recall that the state Court of Appeals came to a different conclusion when it took up the matter in November 2013. In its bizarre ruling, the Appeals Court said only 10 categories of people — the list includes teachers, doctors and nurses — must report suspected child abuse. Prior to that ruling, the law had generally been interpreted to apply to everyone.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 11, 2015
  • Work of Art: Daylight Saving Time is great

    Why must people look a gift horse in the mouth? I used to struggle with that expression — until someone wiser explained.

    I surmise the expression refers to those who question the quality of something given to them. Accordingly, if you receive a horse with no reins attached, you should be grateful and not check under the hood to determine the age, health, strength or orneriness of the beast.

  • Upset bid falls short

    West Las Vegas’ girls had the unenviable task of playing the No. 1 team in Class 4A girls’ basketball Tuesday morning in the state quarterfinals.

    Portales overcame a 10-4 deficit with a commanding second half in a 57-31 win at Wise Pies Arena AKA The Pit.

    The Lady Dons led by as many as six but went nearly 10 minutes of game time without scoring a field goal.

    Jaylen Gutierrez led West with 10 points. Deanna Bustos scored all of her eight in the first quarter as the Lady Dons took a 10-4 lead.

  • No. 25 Wolves handle NMHU baseball

    Faced with a road series at the No. 25 ranked team in NCAA Division II baseball, the Highlands Cowboys settled for one win in a four-game series this past weekend in Pueblo, Colo.

    Host Colorado State-Pueblo came back from a 4-3 defeat to the Cowboys on Friday to sweep a Saturday doubleheader 2-0 and 9-1 and then close the set with a 19-6 win on Sunday.

    NMHU and skipper Shannon Hunt return to the road this weekend, playing a series at Regis in Denver.

  • Ortiz helps Luna sluggers silence Odessa

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College freshman pitcher Dev’n Ortiz pitched a shutout in the second game on Saturday to propel the Rough Riders to an 11-0 victory over visiting Odessa College.

    “Dev’n came out, got ahead, threw strikes and took advantage of Odessa’s mistakes,” said LCC head coach Antonio Siqueiros.

    Ortiz is a graduate of Carlsbad High.

    It was the lone win for the Rough Riders. Luna dropped game one 3-2, game three 12-2 and game four 13-9.

  • Cowgirls rise to No. 1 in D-II!

    NMHU and Optic reports

    For the first time in school history, a New Mexico Highlands University athletic program is at the top of the mountain.

    The NMHU women’s track and field team has ascended to first place in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll for NCAA Division II indoor competition.

    The poll was released Monday by the New Orleans-based organization.