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Today's News

  • NFL star advocates for financial literacy

    The Associated Press

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A former University of Oklahoma football star is using a unique way to spread the word to young people on how to be responsible with their money.

    The Oklahoman  reports that former Sooner and current Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles is working with Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller on a statewide initiative to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students by distributing a video game called “Financial Football.”

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 6, 2015

    THUMBS UP! NMBHI GRANTED ACCREDITATION
    Congratulations to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute and its staff for receiving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital, Nursing Care, Behavioral Health and Laboratory accreditation. Troy D. Jones, the hospital’s executive director said last week that achieving accreditation requires hard work and collaboration among employees. We couldn’t agree more. The Behavioral Health Institute is vital to our community, and we’re happy to see that it’s still going strong.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 6, 2015
  • Another perspective — Budget sets course for better future

    By Rep. Larry Larrañaga

    I’m proud that the House of Representatives recently passed a budget that will not only keep New Mexico on solid financial ground, but also chart a better course for the future of our state.



  • Think New Mexico - Senate Bill 474 makes health care prices clear

    By Fred Nathan

    Health care pricing has been likened to shopping blindfolded in a department store, and then months later receiving an indecipherable statement with a framed box at the bottom that says: pay this amount.

    Indeed, here in New Mexico it is easier to find information about the price and quality of a toaster than of a common medical procedure. Because information about price and quality is essential to almost every market transaction, this lack of transparency means that health care is more expensive than it would otherwise be.

  • Another perspective - The need to fix a flawed tax shift

    By D. Dowd Muska

    On Jan. 1, 2005, food bought at New Mexico’s grocery stores was excluded from the gross receipts tax. In exchange for the break, the GRT was hiked on all other purchases.

    A decade later, it’s clear that the tax shift was a mistake.

    With several proposals before the legislature to reinstate the GRT on food, it’s time for an honest examination of how and why the well-meaning exemption failed.

  • RHS wrestler, coach on Dream Team

    Las Vegas Optic

    It was a dream season for Robertson wrestling senior Rico Montoya and his coach, Richard Martinez.

    Now both are on the Dream Team, too.

    The New Mexico Dream Team, coordinated by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, is the sport’s version of the all-state teams recognized in other sports. One wrestler per each of the 14 weight classes is honored for excellence that season, and the NWCA also recognizes an overall Wrestler of the Year and Coach of the Year.

  • District champs! Dons add tourney title to regular-season championship in 2-4A

    West Las Vegas captured the district banner in boys’ basketball for the first time in a decade Tuesday night, adding the 2-4A tournament title to the team’s regular-season championship by beating Taos 64-47.

    A packed house at Gillie Lopez Gymnasium was on hand to welcome D.J. Bustos back to the Dons lineup; the West scoring leader had been sidelined with injury for more than two weeks but appeared healthy again and ready for the postseason crunch time.

  • State hoops brackets released

    The road to the state championship is clear.

    West Las Vegas’ boys’ basketball team (21-5) is the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A state tournament and will host No. 15 Bosque (12-14) at 5 p.m. Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Ranked 3rd in nation, Vatos head to playoff as top seed

    Submitted to the Optic

    “Saturday is a rugby day,” and nationally ranked No. 3 New Mexico Highlands University Vatos rugby club stayed true to that tradition on Saturday, Feb. 21, in their latest test against a rowdy Colorado Mesa side.

    The Vatos, looking to demonstrate they are a disciplined, industrious and competitive squad, imposed their will on Mesa in a 51-10 victory.