Today's News

  • Corrections - June 21, 2017

    In the June 16 Optic story titled “Council hears from marketing firm at work session,” Las Vegas City spokesman Lee Einer said City Manager Richard Trujillo’s enrollment in a certification program (for city managers) is not a new development.

    The certification program was a condition of Trujillo’s hire as city manager. It is a requirement of the city’s charter and Trujillo remains enrolled in the program.

  • Fort Union Days
  • Weather - June 21, 2017


    HIGH 95 / LOW 58°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
    5:46 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 98° / LOW 59°
    Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night — mostly clear, with a low around 59.
    5:46 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


  • Que Pasa - June 21, 2017


    8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    St. Paul’s Peace Church, Eighth and National, is having a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    1 p.m.
    St. Vrain Foundation annual meeting will take place at 1 p.m. followed by a short reading by author Gloria Zamora at 1:40 p.m. Also making an appearance is local author Malcolm Ebright. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 575-387-5161.

    1 p.m.

  • ‘Poor’ Eric Trump

    By Connie Schultz, professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism, author and wife of Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

    Recently, the president’s second-eldest son went on national television and dropped all pretense of what we knew had never happened anyway.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 21, 2017
  • Work of Art: These titles are scrambled

    Back in the olden days, news used to arrive via some very loud, hot, clickety-clackety Teletype machines that seemed to operate with an invisible typist. In reality, someone in the paper’s main bureau was writing and rewriting the day’s news, which arrived locally on sometimes-unattended machines.

    The Optic had its own Teletype machine, and back in the days when delivery of the hot topics from the local sources was spotty, we used much more “wire” copy, that is, news with out-of-area datelines.

  • Dogs’ day afternoon

    “Open both your eyes and watch the pitch,” the Bulls’ manager Allen Lujan admonished his young player, Aubrey Montoya, as she thumped her bat at home plate.

    “But I poked my own eyeball,” she explained.

    The sequence repeated after the coach-fed pitching machine had sent another baseball past her.

    “I can’t see,” she said. “I poked my own eyeball.”

    “Look!” Lujan said. “There’s a fidget spinner there on the ground by home plate!”

  • McMahon earns PCL honors

    Las Vegas Optic

    Ryan McMahon, one of the newest additions to the Albuquerque Isotopes, wasted little time making an impact.

    McMahon, 22, earned Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors for June 12-18 following a torrid six-game stretch for the infielder playing just his second week of Triple-A baseball.

    McMahon hit .593 with 16 hits in 27 at-bats including five home runs, four doubles and 14 runs batted in.

  • Riders hire new coach

    T.C. Nusser has been hired as new head baseball coach for the Luna Community College Rough Riders.

    Nusser and a source at LCC confirmed the hire earlier this month.

    A 2004 graduate of Portales High who played baseball and football for the Rams, Nusser is an alumnus of Eastern New Mexico (‘09).

    He began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater — alongside his father and brother — as well as neighboring Clovis High.