Today's News

  • Late scores save Mines

    A couple of late scores, aided by a Cowboy turnover, enabled host Colorado School of Mines to avert an upset, holding on for a 61-58 win over New Mexico Highlands Wednesday night in Golden, Colo.

    Highlands, which lost its third in a row, slid to 6-11, 4-8 RMAC. Mines is 15-3, 10-2.

    Marlon Johnson chalked up another double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds, both team highs. Ron Lawton had 10 points, and Ramone Atkins and Kieran Woods added nine apiece.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 20, 2017

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) vs. West Las Vegas, 4 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    • Valley Middle School boys at El Dorado, 4 p.m., Eldorado
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo, 7 p.m., Pueblo, Colo.

  • UWC students give back on MLK Day

    By Gwen Albers

    At home in Nepal, Ritambhara Parajuli volunteered with the Red Cross after a 2015 earthquake left 9,000 dead and 22,000 injured.

    The 17-year-old United World College-USA first-year student also teaches at an orphanage in Nepal.

  • West board candidate dies

    The West Las Vegas school board election takes place in a just a few weeks. But one person won’t be campaigning on Election Day, scheduled for Feb. 7.

    James R. “Gordy” Lovato, a candidate for a position on the West Las Vegas school board, died unexpectedly on Jan. 9 at his home.

    His wife, Lydia Maddox, said her late husband was undergoing dialysis for the past eight years. She said that he was looking forward to his campaign for office where he was running against incumbent Christine Ludi and Joe A. Gallegos.

  • Alta Vista earns reaccreditation

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission, one of the leading agencies for quality and operating standards among health care providers.

    Meanwhile, the hospital’s surgical department reopened on Monday, roughly a week after a heating and cooling unit broke, causing flooding and forcing the closure of the unit.

  • Lawmakers convene to resolve budget crisis

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico lawmakers kicked off a 60-day legislative session Tuesday and took aim at closing the state’s large budget gap and finding enough money to maintain critical government services.

  • Playing in the snow
  • In Brief - News - Jan. 18, 2017

    The Associated Press

    30 percent of NM kids in poverty
    SANTA FE — More New Mexico children now have health insurance and fewer teens are abusing alcohol and drugs, but there has been little improvement when it comes to measuring the economic well-being of families.

    The Albuquerque-based advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children released its annual Kids Count Data Book on Tuesday as the Legislature embarked on a 60-day session.

  • Weather - Jan. 18, 2017


    HIGH 48° / LOW 25°
    Sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night — mostly clear, with a low around 25.
    7:09 a.m. to 5:14 p.m.


    HIGH 53° / LOW 29°
    Sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
    7:08 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.


  • Prof solos in premiere of Los Bufones Musical

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University music professor is a lead vocal soloist in the premiere of Los Bufones, a melodic new concert theater piece, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

    André García-Nuthmann, a tenor, will sing in the Albuquerque production that portrays court life during the Spanish King Philip IV’s reign from 1605 to 1665 as depicted in the paintings of Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. The production runs at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 to Jan. 21 and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22.