Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Thankful for drivers’ ed classes

    I am always grateful for our beautiful summer days, days with no wind, brilliant sun and not a cloud in the sky.

    I learned long ago to soak up a day like this as much as is possible, because winter is just around the corner. And here in our mountains the rains have come at just the right time so every flower that has a bud is now in full bloom.

    What treat it is to prowl through our high mountain meadows at this time of year! I was invited to a wedding recently and was happy to see old friends that I have known for ages from the Valmora and the Watrous area.

  • We’ll miss you, Senator Pete

    Nearly everyone who grew up in New Mexico in the 70s, 80s or 90s has at least one Pete Domenici story.

    Whether having met the six-term U.S. senator in person, or simply having been involved with one of the many programs he sponsored, helped pass or touted, it would be tough to not a have someone who holds such a high office affect your life.

  • Mother Teresa: Small things with great love

    Just a Thought, by Rick Kraft

    Twenty years ago, Mother Teresa’s selfless earthly life ended on Sept. 5, 1997.

    She changed her address and went to be with the God, Whom she had faithfully served throughout her life. Mother Teresa lived her life modeling the scripture from Matthew 25:40, “Whatever you neglected to do unto one of the least of these, you neglected to do unto me!”

  • Plenty of blame to go around in a disaster zone

    The following column is by John Stossel, author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails ­— But Individuals Succeed.”

    “How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take,” demands “The Daily Show” comic Trevor Noah, “until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!” His audience roars its approval.

  • Equifax: Too big to fail, but not too big to be held accountable

    The following editorial was recently published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    The most disturbing thing about the data breach acknowledged last week by the credit reporting agency Equifax is not that 143 million people’s personal data may have been exposed, nor that there’s not much those people can do about it. It’s that Equifax probably isn’t going to suffer for it, at least not much.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

  • Cards roll in mismatch

    Tonati Aparicio-Blythe’s point-blank goal — his third of the day — brought a merciful end to Robertson’s 11-1 defeat of Desert Academy on Thursday at RHS Field.

    Aparicio-Blythe wasn’t the only one who collected a hat trick for the Cardinals (3-3). T.J. Trujillo scored four goals and Musa Doumbia had three, while Micah Curtis added one in the lopsided affair.

  • Fiesta de Golf: Geoffrion leads win

    Submitted to the Optic

    Forty ladies, representing 13 clubs from around the state, converged on Gene Torres Golf Course on Aug. 30 for the annual Fiesta de Golf tournament.

    Hosted by the Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association, players enjoyed “picture-perfect weather and a course in pristine condition,” reported Anne Pepper of the LVWGA.

  • Go Fish — Sept. 15, 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

  • Hail damage: Newcomer dent crews trying to ‘do it right’

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Jeff Crenshaw and Chris Clark say they tried to do things the right way by getting their business license first. The business partners set up “Dents Plus” in a permanent building on the northwest corner of Valencia and North Gonzales streets.