Today's News

  • Weather - March 4, 2015

    Snow likely. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 19 by 5 p.m. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -3. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 37. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 14.

    Sunny, with a high near 49. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22.

    Sunrise ... Sunset

  • Que Pasa - March 4, 2015

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

  • Stability needed

    A critical component of the safety net in New Mexico is the behavioral health services provided to those in our communities with substance abuse problems or in need of mental health services.

    The firms providing these services are working with the most vulnerable among us, which is why it’s so important that their work continue without interruption.

  • Editorial cartoon - March 4, 2015
  • Work of Art: Who’s a Neanderthal?

    It might have been around the time of my first prom date — that would have been in the mid-’50s — when we’d been studying early man: Piltdown, Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon. We students at Immaculate Conception School became fascinated by the terms, presented with drawings of what our ancestors might have looked like.

    Accordingly, anyone who failed to render a quick and correct answer when called on by Sister Mucha Misa was labelled a Neanderthal, the same way we’d brand our classmates as creeps or nerds, or even Communists.

  • District champs! West Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos cash in with tournament wins

    Judging by their first-quarter effort Monday night, it seemed the West Las Vegas Lady Dons were anxious to get back to action after their game at Taos had been delayed two days due to weather.

    West opened on a 15-3 run and went on to a 52-43 victory over the top-seeded Lady Tigers, winning the District 2-4A tournament championship.

    Deanna Bustos and Jaylen Gutierrez each scored 16 points to lead the Lady Dons, who were to learn their state tournament seeding on Tuesday after this issue had gone to press.

  • On to state
  • HU’s Humphrey nationals-bound

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Redshirt freshman Reis Humphrey has been named the Subway Eat Fresh NMHU Student-Athlete of the Week for Monday, March 2.

    Humphrey was voted First Team All-Conference in wrestling for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last week. He then went out and qualified for the 2015 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, finishing second in the 149-pound weight class at the NCAA Western Regional in Pueblo, Colo., this past weekend.

  • West LV baseball opens with road win vs. Braves

    West Las Vegas opened its baseball season with a 10-4 win at Santa Fe Indian School on Monday, a promising debut for head coach Ryan Gabaldon’s Dons.

    Mike Ortiz earned the pitching win for West (1-0).

    “Everyone played well,” said Gabaldon. “Some work needs to be done, but overall I’m very proud of my boys. Our defense played tough, and the boys are hitting the ball hard. Great start.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - March 4, 2015

    No local varsity sporting events scheduled

    • West Las Vegas at Los Lunas tourney, TBA, Los Lunas

    • LCC vs. Odessa JC (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 3 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.
    • Girls’ state tournament first-round games, TBA
    • LCC vs. Odessa JC (DH), 1 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • West Las Vegas at Los Lunas tourney, TBA, Los Lunas