Today's News

  • Weather - July 19, 2017


    HIGH 87°/ LOW 56°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night ­— partly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
    6 a.m. to 8:14 p.m.


  • Que Pasa - July 19, 2017


    7 p.m.

  • Events to honor ancestral connections to the outdoors

    Submitted to the Optic

    Latino Conservation Week  is coming up, and the nonprofit organization Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting & the Outdoors will be celebrating this weekend in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas with events that are free and open to the public. The three days of activities highlight Latino connections to the outdoors, stewardship of the land, and maintaining generations-old traditions in camping.

  • AP Explains: Why term ‘la raza’ has complicated roots

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The National Council of La Raza announced this week that it was changing its name to UnidosUS, dropping a word that has deep roots but may have hurt the organization in moving toward the future.

    The change to remove “la raza” comes amid a backlash from conservatives and a desire by the civil rights group to appeal to younger Latinos in the United States.

  • Judge dismisses suit against New Mexico A.G.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Attorney General Hector Balderas in the firing of six former employees.

    District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled this week that Balderas acted within his authority in firing the attorneys shortly after his election in 2014.

    Singleton also says a two year statute of limitations had run out on allegations of wrongful termination.

  • Raising children in Trump era

    Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism.

    “ You could be president some day.”

    As recently as last year, this is what we told America’s children. We said this to encourage them to banish those inner voices of doubt and imagine themselves at their fullest potential.

    See yourself in our first black president, and feel the obstacles melt away. Look at that woman nominated to be president, and hear those glass ceilings shatter.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 19, 2017
  • Work of Art: The Ayatollah Raiders?

    We were unwinding after having taken in some of the sights in Denver over the weekend. We boarded the capital city’s light rail toward our destination, which is about as close to the center of town as one can get.

    Benji, our youngest son, and his family put us up for the night in a 24-story apartment house that places Ben a short block from where he works. And what is that work? Doing computers or something. What else does anyone his age do for a living nowadays?

  • Last in line - La Plaza juniors baseball plays on; LVLL 8-10 finishes state runner-up

    La Plaza juniors baseball is the last in line.

    That team is the Meadow City’s last hope for a state Little League championship after advancing with a pair of big wins this past weekend.

    But La Plaza will have to endure a long road trip in the mid-summer heat, playing in Carlsbad starting Friday.

    La Plaza’s juniors defeated Alamogordo Rotary 14-3 on Friday and then took down North Valley 10-6 on Saturday; both games were held at Albuquerque West Mesa.

  • Triple trouble - Isotopes hit three triples, edge Tacoma; Patterson picks up second PCL honor

    David Dahl made the Tacoma Rainiers pay with a triple that scored three runs for the Albuquerque Isotopes in the fourth inning.

    But it was solid pitching and defense that proved just as important in the Isotopes’ 6-5 victory.