Today's News

  • Indigo Theater to show award-winning documentary

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas’ Indigo Theater will premiere “Awakening in Taos” starting today. The film tells the story of social activist and patron of the arts Mabel Dodge Luhan, a woman 100 years ahead of her time.

    “Awakening in Taos,” a film by Mark Gordon and narrated by Ali MacGraw, with the voice of Leslie Harrell Dillen as Mabel Dodge,  will launch a series at New Mexico cities.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - April 28, 2017

    THUMBS DOWN! Too many relatives

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 28, 2017
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Impasse hits new low between governor, legislature

    Talk about dysfunctional.Last week, New Mexico lawmakers filed suit against Gov. Susana Martinez over budget vetoes that essentially defund the legislative branch and, if not reversed before June 30, push several state schools over a fiscal cliff. Short of any action to the contrary, the funding shortfall will create a crisis of epic proportions.

  • Highlands’ Erskine honored by RMAC

    National top 12 in the 100-meter hurdles? Check.

    National top 20 in the 100-meter dash? Check.

    Career best in the 200? Check.

    How about running a leg on the 400-meter relay? No problem.

    Osheen Erskine racked up points in each event for New Mexico Highlands’ women’s track and field team this past weekend at Texas-El Paso’s meet, and she earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors.

  • Dons: Ram tough in Cimarron

    Miguel Coca, J.J. Esquibel and Isaiah Paiz monopolized the top three finishes in the boys’ mile run this past Monday at the Ram Relays in Cimarron, leading the Dons to a first-place team finish.

    West’s boys finished with 100 points to beat runner-up Clayton (89) and host Cimarron (80) in the 10-team competition.

  • Mora, Pecos add to state lists

    Local qualifiers for the Class 3A state track and field championships as of April 25:

    4. Isaac C de Baca, Pecos, 2:06.04

    BOYS’ 1,600-METER RUN
    1. Julian Garcia, Pecos, 4:46.74
    3. Josh DeHerrera, Pecos, 4:48.57

    BOYS’ 3,200-METER RUN
    2. Julian Garcia, Pecos, 10:27.14
    5. Josh DeHerrera, Pecos, 10:36.74

    9. Pecos, 1:35.94

    1. Pecos, 3:48.44

  • Luna softball sets program mark for wins

    With a record of 19-28 heading into the last series of the regular season, the Luna Community College softball team has achieved a program best in terms of wins.

    The Lady Rough Riders and head coach Lucas Griego also are fourth in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference and are in line for a trip to the postseason. Luna’s league mark of 11-13 trails only top seed Howard (39-12, 22-2), Odessa (34-13, 20-4) and Midland (31-14, 16-8).

  • Rangers maintain hold atop district

    A 13-run head start after their first turn to bat led to a 25-3 final tally, and Mora kept Mesa Vista winless.

    The Rangers (17-6 overall, 10-0 in District 5-2A) racked up 35 hits in this past Friday’s win, the team’s sixth in a row.

    They followed that up with a 19-2 romp at Questa — the second-place team in the district with records of 8-10 overall and 6-4 in 5-2A -- on Wednesday.

    The Rangers close the regular season May 2 at Cimarron.

  • Little League 2017: A composite schedule

    Editor’s note: Las Vegas Little League games are played at Keyes Park on Mills Avenue.