Today's News

  • Labor Day and politics

    Officially, today is Labor Day, but unofficially it’s the kickoff to the fall campaign, when candidates hit the home stretch. Let’s see if we can tie the two together.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 3, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Thoughts on working

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared on Labor Day 2011.

    If you are a working stiff, sweating away eight or more hours a day for someone who’s making the “big bucks,” there’s a good chance that you feel unappreciated.
    Or, if you’re a boss, stressing out over all the problems that confront you, you probably know that, from time to time, it really is “lonely at the top.”

  • Hilltoppers shut out Cowgirls

    As difficult as it was for the Highlands Cowgirls to mark them on defense, the visiting St. Edward’s Hilltoppers may as well have been the St. Elmo’s Fire.
    St. Edward’s won 2-0 to spoil NMHU’s season opener in women’s soccer this past Thursday evening at Perkins Stadium.
    The Hilltoppers — based in Austin, Texas — were ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation last fall, and the team reached the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in six seasons.

  • Ex-teammate: ‘Lance worked the system’

    By Jim Vertuno
    AP Sports Writer
    AUSTIN, Texas — Tyler Hamilton says Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster before the 1999 Tour de France and that the teammates took blood transfusions together during the cycling race the following year.
    Hamilton makes the allegations in his book, “The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs,” set to be published Sept. 5. The Associated Press purchased a copy Thursday.

  • NFL: Concussions tiff a ‘labor dispute’

    By MaryClaire Dale
    The Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA  — The NFL moved Thursday to try to shut down lawsuits filed by thousands of former players who say they suffered or fear suffering permanent brain injuries from football-related concussions, calling the issue a “labor dispute” that should be resolved not by courts but by terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

  • Life Run planned on Sept. 15

    Members of the community are being invited to participate in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s annual Life Run, which is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 15.

    The event will include a 5-kilometer run as well as a 1-mile children’s run.

    The AVRH Life Run, which enters its third year, benefits the hospital’s auxiliary scholarship program.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Sept. 3, 2012

    • NMHU women at Texas-Permian Basin, 1 p.m., Odessa, Texas

    • Robertson JV at Pojoaque Valley, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. Raton, 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Roswell, TBA, RHS field
    • Robertson (A,B) vs. Mora, 5:30 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • West Las Vegas (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe


  • Vegas undercover: The chase

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about Las Vegas’ drug problem. The initial stories will focus on how undercover agents infiltrated what they’re calling a heroin and crack cocaine distribution network operating in San Miguel County.

    It was 5:22 p.m. on June 5 when Jose Albert Herrera Jr. placed a call on his cellphone and told the man on the other end that he wanted to buy a kilogram of cocaine for $28,000.

  • Senior Profile - Julia Martinez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Still spry and mentally active, 92-year old Julia Martinez gives the impression that she has taken a sip from the fountain of youth.

    Her quick wit and sense of humor are obvious, as reflected in her quick comebacks.

    “The words are there, and they just come out,” she says.

    And her words do flow readily, as she recounts the early days of her youth, details of her marriage and family, and the passing of various phases of her life.