Today's News

  • Que Pasa - March 1, 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.
    The El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumer’s Association Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at 49 Mirasol Road. The meeting is open and all are welcome to attend.

    7:30 p.m.

  • Forest use plan in focus Wednesday

    Public input is being sought for the development of a wide-ranging plan to guide land use and protection in the Santa Fe National Forest over the next 10-15 years.

    The first of a series of public meetings is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands’ Victoria D. de Sanchez Teacher Education Center, room 203.

    This round of public meetings will give members of the public the opportunity to learn more about the plan, including the criteria used to define an eligible wild and scenic river, and provide input to the process.

  • Cultural show Saturday at UWC

    Submitted to the Optic

    United World College-USA students from the Middle East and India will present a cultural show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Kluge Auditorium on the UWC campus in Montezuma.

    Through songs, dances and skits, the students will share aspects of their region’s cultures and heritage.

    The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call 426-3373.

  • Civil rights is federal issue

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Concord Monitor (N.H.) and was published Feb. 23.

    We were reminded this week of an old George Carlin quote that was printed on the Monitor’s Forum page not long ago:

    “Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned how to care for one another.” It’s true, especially that last part, and if you need evidence just ask a transgender person.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 1, 2017
  • Work of Art: A cure for ‘huevoncy’

    Almost daily we read or hear about someone who’s upset over not being allowed to use a restroom of his/her choice.

    When I taught at Highlands, the word “gender” referred to grammatical terms such as he or she. It wasn’t used to describe sex, as in male or female. But in the past few years, an issue — which I won’t dare try to officiate — regarding which restroom one should occupy, has become big news.

  • West world - Late three-pointer caps East-West boys’ thriller

    John Balizan has found his happy place.

    It’s a little area near the far right corner, just beyond the three-point line. It’s where Balizan struck with an epic long-range basket for the second time this winter.

    This time the shot came with less than 10 seconds left in regulation on the biggest stage yet this basketball season – the District 2-4A boys’ tournament final Saturday night at Mike Marr Gym, with thousands in attendance.

  • Lady Dons upset Lady Cards to hoist banner in 2-4A

    For the 10th time in Jose Medina’s 15-year tenure as West Las Vegas girls’ basketball coach, the Lady Dons reached the district tournament final.

    For the eighth time in that span, the Lady Dons emerged victorious.

    West upset host Robertson, the regular-season champ, 40-37 on Friday night at Mike Marr Gym.

    While the Lady Cardinals and coach Leroy Barela went on to receive the higher seed in the upcoming state tournament because of that regular season, the 2-4A banner and a measure of bragging rights went to their crosstown rivals.

  • State brackets out: Panthers a No. 1 seed

    No mystery here. The Pecos Panthers, riding a 25-game win streak and unbeaten this year against fellow Class 3A boys’ basketball teams, are the No. 1 seed in that state tournament.

    Brackets for all classifications were released late Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. State tournament play begins Friday for girls and Saturday for boys across the state. First-round games will be hosted by higher seeds at their home campuses. Then the tournaments will shift to neutral sites for subsequent rounds March 7-11.

  • Locals help Cowgirls to 4th

    NMHU women’s track and field earned a fourth place finish at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor championships hosted by Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D., over the weekend.

    Two of the Meadow City’s own homegrown stars helped the Cowgirls conquer the 1,600-meter relay in the meet.

    Robertson alumnus Kristen Montaño and West Las Vegas’ Jayme Quintana teamed with Tashay Hunter and Elicia Gallegos to set a facility record in a winning time of 3:51.36.