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Today's News

  • Make work mandatory

    The food stamp program is an important safety net aimed at ensuring that those who are down on their luck don’t go hungry.

    According to an Associated Press story published in last Wednesday’s Optic, 420,000 New Mexicans receive food stamps, with roughly half of them being children. The average benefit is $265 a month, which really isn’t a lot considering the cost of food these days.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 13, 2014
  • Work of Art: The rule of threes

    Going through my Facebook pages — a routine I follow almost every night — I came across the news that Robin Williams, 63, that comic genius has died; he committed suicide through asphyxiation, the early reports say.

    By “came across the news,” I played down the expression. It’s not as if I simply stumbled across that bit of news: It’s all over Facebook, and on virtually every TV channel, and certainly on the next day’s front pages of newspapers.

  • Bulldogs boss in Angel Fire

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Bulldogs — a team made up of former coaches, current coaches and former players of the Las Vegas Kryptonite, the Robertson Cardinals and the West Las Vegas Dons — competed at the Men’s Class E State Softball Tournament in Angel Fire this past weekend.  

    The Bulldogs swept through the competition and went undefeated in the two-day tournament.

    Teams from Taos, Cimarron, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Angel Fire, Socorro, Springer and Las Vegas comprised the bracket in the 2014 State Tournament.

  • Topes upset 51s to end Vegas visit

    The Las Vegas 51s drew closer to clinching a divisional title and playoff berth in the Pacific Coast League by winning three of five games over the visiting Albuquerque Isotopes.

    But the Topes salvaged victory in the series finale on Monday night at Cashman Field, grabbing an 8-2 win.

    Albuquerque doubled Las Vegas’ hit output 12 to 6 and took control for good with a four-run second inning.

    The 51s went up 2-0 in the first inning, courtesy of an RBI single by Brandon Allen and a Zach Lee wild pitch that enabled Andrew Brown to get home.

  • Stewart issues statement after fatal collision

    The Associated Press

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.  — Tony Stewart says “there aren’t words” to describe his sadness over the collision that killed Kevin Ward Jr.

    In a statement released by spokesman Mike Arning, Stewart says “my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”

    The three-time NASCAR champion struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. with his car on Saturday night as Ward walked toward it following contact between the two during their race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 13, 2014

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    Thursday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

    Friday
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque

  • Officers cleared of wrongdoing in May shooting

    Las Vegas Optic

    The state police officers who shot and killed Arcenio Lujan just outside city limits on May 8 have been clearned of any wrongdoing, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Today.

    Lujan, who earlier that day had been fired from his city of Las Vegas job, was killed after he pointed a weapon at officers.

  • Back to school for area kids

    Back to school means two things for students: back to reality of early mornings and back to the books. For parents it means purchasing all the needed necessities, from binders to tissue. For school officials it means making sure all final touches are done and staff is in place.

    This year is no different as school officials worked throughout the summer preparing for this school year with some changes taking place at both local districts.

  • Fun at the Fair