Today's News

  • Salazar is new chair of pension committee

    NOTE: This item was submitted to the Optic by the office of the New Mexico Legislature Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    As New Mexico’s inter- im   legislative committees begin their hearings, Rep.Tomás Salazar (D-San Miguel, Santa Fe, Torrance) is pleased as he opens the Investment Pensions and Oversight Committee as its new chairman.

  • Babbling Brooks - Great customer service should be the bare minimum

    There are plenty of businesses and government or nonprofit organizations providing fine customer service around Las Vegas. If you are a retail business owner who pays attention to nearly every detail and has a vested interest in growing the customer base, I salute you, and keep up the hard work that has got you to this point.

    However, if you’re the owner of one of the Vegas businesses in the following categories, I really hope you have younger new customers in mind, and I hope you can find the resources to improve in some key areas.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: In ‘50s, big-name rodeos performed here

    Ghosts,  — history ghosts — often pop up in my collection of “I wonder why I kept that.” Yes, I am a pack rat, and thankfully my kids continue to tell me not to throw anything away, particularly when it comes to our history as a family. I suspect that is why file cabinets were invented.

  • Dear Teacher - July 23, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My kids are already getting bored with summer vacation, please send me some boredom busters. — Avoiding Boredom

    Answer: It doesn’t take too long for children to lament, “I’m bored.” Here are some ideas to put more fun into the long summer holidays and possibly more learning.

  • Long ball back in vogue

    ALBUQUERQUE — Three Isotopes hit home runs on Thursday, and the team scored six times in the bottom of the first inning to take a 6-1 lead, but that display of offensive firepower wasn’t enough to guarantee victory.

    The Tacoma Rainiers (48-50) eventually took the three-hour, nine-minute shootout 14-11, connecting for five home runs of their own and salvaging a win in a series they’d already lost.

  • NMHU soccer to host camp in Farmington

    New Mexico Highlands University women’s soccer program is hosting a camp for high school players on July 28-29, 2017 at Farmington High School.

    Campers will have two sessions a day. Sessions include technical work, tactical work, goalkeepers sessions, and Q&A. The cost to register is $70.

    For more information, see the NMHU athletics website, nmhucowboys.com and links on the women’s soccer page.

    The Cowgirls plan a scrimmage vs. Trinidad State on Aug. 13.

  • Go Fish - July 23, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catches of the week
    Pecos River: Glenn Arnett of Albuquerque caught a 22-inch, 6.2-pound rainbow trout July 14. He was fishing above Terrero and using a Pecos Special.

    Fishing report, July 18
    Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. We had no other reports.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 23, 2017

    • State Little League tournaments, TBA
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Salt Lake City

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at Salt Lake Bees, 6:35 p.m., Salt Lake City
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park


  • City council rejects its own refugee resolution

    After more than one hour of public input, the Las Vegas City Council took action on a so-called “sanctuary city” resolution during Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting.

    In its standing-room-only chamber at city hall, the council voted 3-1 to disapprove Resolution 17-27 — a non-binding declaration of support for resettlement of refugees, as part of a national effort to resettle the “most vulnerable” refugees.

  • Weather - July 21, 2017


    HIGH 88°/ LOW 56°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
    6:01 a.m. to 8:13 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 55°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:02 a.m. to 8:12 p.m.