Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 1, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.


  • Rebuilding trust

    Violent protests and looting erupted in Ferguson, Mo., last week when officials announced that a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man on Aug. 9.

    At least a dozen commercial buildings there were destroyed on Monday night. The decision sparked protests throughout the country, including in Albuquerque, where more than 40 police shootings have occurred since 2010.

    The looting and burning of buildings that occurred was inexcusable; the only ones hurt by those actions were merchants trying to make a living.

  • Editorial cartoons - Dec. 1, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Speaking of the weather

    Seems you can’t even talk about the weather without stirring up some politics these days.

  • Post-Thanksgiving feast

    The basketball made its descent and caught a piece of the rim, then circled and circled and circled — six times, maybe eight or nine or 10 — before deciding to drop through.

    Back in the stands, the Gillie Lopez Gym crowd cheered giddily. West Las Vegas’ D.J. Bustos had just scored his 14th, 15th and 16th points in the Dons’ eventual 72-49 win over Thoreau, and the uncertainty over whether the shooter’s roll 3-pointer from the left corner would be a make or a miss was about all the mystery left at that point, late in the third quarter.

  • Cowgirls lose at S. Utah

    Anngelina Sanchez scored a season-high 25 points Saturday in a losing cause, as New Mexico Highlands lost 82-64 at Division I Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah.

    Sanchez scored Highlands’ first five points and went eight for 11 from the floor, sinking all eight of her attempts from the free-throw line, in hitting the quarter-century mark for the Cowgirls (0-5). She also had four rebounds, three steals, one assist and six turnovers.

    The Cowgirls committed 30 turnovers in the loss.

  • State football finals set

    Ruidoso, the No. 2 seed behind Robertson and the only team to seriously threaten the Cardinals during their unbeaten regular season, will shoot for a state title in Class 4A football this coming weekend in Ruidoso.

    The Warriors won 14-7 over Silver, the 2013 state runner-up, in one of Saturday’s two semifinals.

    Their opponent? No. 5 seed Cobre, which knocked off No. 8 Hatch Valley 21-14 on Saturday.

    Defending champion Robertson was upset by Hatch 20-16 in the quarterfinal round last Saturday, finishing 10-1.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 1, 2014

    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Los Alamos, 4 p.m., MMS

    • NMHU women vs. Texas-Permian Basin (FREE ADMISSION), 6 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Santa Fe Prep, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas boys (C) vs. Roy, 5 p.m., TBA
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • East catches up on audits

    It has been eight years since Las Vegas City Schools could say it was current on its audits. At least until now.

    Earlier this month the east side school district submitted its audit for the 2013-14 school year to the State Auditor’s Office by the required deadline. The last time the district was current on all audits was in 2006. The submission comes on the coattails of the 2012-13 fiscal year audit submission in October.

  • Senior profile - Charles Goddard

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Dozens of friends and neighbors gathered at a house on Myrtle Avenue in Las Vegas to help a man they love and respect reach another milestone.

    A large cake, held up by his caretaker, Lynn Esquibel, and members of her family, bore large numerals: 99.