Today's News

  • Trump denounces threats against centers

    By Jill Colvin
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as “horrible ... painful” and said more must be done “to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 22, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Anton Chico man killed
    ANTON CHICO — A 19-year-old man has died in a one-vehicle accident near Anton Chico.
    New Mexico State Police say 19-year-old Mario Maestas of Anton Chico ran off the roadway Sunday morning on State Road 451, overturned his vehicle and collided with a tree.
    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Woman killed by husband
    FARMINGTON — Authorities say a Lee Acres woman whose throat was cut by her husband has since died from her injuries.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 22, 2017

    Friday, Feb. 24, 1967 — Officers of the newly organized New Mexico Highlands University Veterans Club were recently elected. They are Willie Garcia, Las Vegas, president; Don Svet, West Virginia, vice president; Donald Hatcher, Florida, treasurer; Julian Rains, Las Vegas, parliamentarian; and Robert Coca, Las Vegas, secretary. The organization is open to all students who have served in the armed forces.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 22, 2017

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    7 p.m.

  • Flamenco at Plaza Hotel thrills audience

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    The buzz in the Plaza Ballroom was palpable 15 minutes before La Emi Arte Flamenco was scheduled to begin last Saturday.

    Most seats were occupied. Stage lights illuminated the raised stage, which was positioned in the middle of the room. Thank goodness!

    For the 2016 Meadow City Music Festival, the musicians were shunted to the back of the room with no stage lights at all.

  • The moral high ground

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Salem (Mass.) News and was originally published on Feb. 13.

    “Torture works. ... And waterboarding is your minor form. Some people say it’s not actually torture. Let’s assume it is. But they asked me the question: What do you think of waterboarding? Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding. ... They’re chopping off heads.”
    — Donald Trump, Jan. 17, in Sun City, South Carolina

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 22, 2017
  • Work of Art: Iceland in February?

    REYKJAVIK, ICELAND — One of the more memorable lines in a locally-produced play called “The Odd Couple” was about a minor character, a card player named Vinnie, who decided to vacation in Florida in the summer. I played the role of Vinnie, and during rehearsals often wondered who in all creation would even think of such a trip at such a place.

    We did. Well, kind of.

  • Four RHS wrestlers wrangle state titles

    RIO RANCHO — A hard-fought third-place trophy was the prize after Robertson placed five wrestlers in the Class 1A-4A state wrestling finals, winning four individual championships, over the weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center.

  • District tourneys set

    The road to the District 2-4A basketball tournament trophies will go through Fifth and Friedman in Las Vegas.

    By virtue of a regular season that saw both Robertson boys’ and girls’ basketball teams win district titles, Manuel Romero’s Cardinals and Leroy Barela’s Lady Cardinals will host the 2-4A tournament finals this coming week at Mike Marr Gym.