Today's News

  • Applications accepted for Viles scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Viles Foundation, Inc., is accepting Viles Scholarship Applications for 2017-18.  The applications must be post-marked by April 3.  

    The renewable scholarship is made available annually to qualifying high school graduating seniors who have only one surviving parent (half orphans) or no surviving parents (full orphans).

    The scholarship is also available to qualifying college or vocational students who have lost a parent within the last five years after graduating from high school.  

  • Dear Teacher - March 19, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: My husband struggled mightily with dyslexia in school and still isn’t too fond of reading. Is it possible to discover if one of our young children is following in his footsteps? — Curious

    Answer: Since you know that dyslexia runs in your husband’s family, you do need to watch for early warning signs.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: History of Maximiliano Luna worth studying

    This column is fun to write because I (at this late time in my life) learn so much about our area history. A reader called me recently with a question. I had to admit I had no idea what or whom he was talking about. His person of interest had much to do with our Las Vegas area history.

    “What did I know about Maximiliano Luna?” he asked. I had to admit the only thing I knew about that was luna is Spanish for moon and Camp Luna is just north of Las Vegas.

  • Sunshine is for everyone

    The following is a guest editorial from the New Mexico Press Association President Chris Wood.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 19, 2017
  • Another Perspective: Trump travel ban problematic

    By Victoria J. Mora

    There have been many responses from higher education to President Trump’s original executive order limiting visas for refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

    With the release of the revised executive order on March 6, the scope of the “travel ban” has narrowed. But the new order remains problematic in light of the aims it intends to achieve and it is our responsibility as educators to call this out.

  • Another Perspective: Health care vital to state

    The health care industry is the bright spot in New Mexico’s economy, adding jobs at a time when other sectors are shedding them, but it does even more by supporting the culture of our communities and providing hope to generations of New Mexicans.

    As New Mexico’s population grows older, it is more important than ever that our hospitals and clinics remain financially strong and that our doctors, nurses and other health care providers remain able to give us the kind of first-rate and compassionate care that we all need and have come to expect.  

  • Just a Thought: I went out and bought a thousand marbles

    By Rick Kraft

    It is funny how a thousand marbles can help keep life in perspective.  Like an ever-flowing waterfall, life is constantly coming at us from upstream and then flowing past us. We finish one day, go to bed, and then wake up and another day is upon us.  

    Life marches on whether we want to recognize it or not.  Yesterday has been spent, but today is still available. Although none of us knows how many tomorrows we have to spend, we assume we have many.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - What’s in a name, anyway?

    By Beth Urech

    “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” unless your name is Rosaria or Rosa but on your current driver’s license it is written as Rose.

    Ever since the new law went into effect Nov. 14, 2016, some of us are discovering our names don’t smell as sweet.

  • Isotopes 2017 schedule

    Thursday, April 6
    Salt Lake Bees, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park (promotion: fleece blankets)

    Friday, April 7
    Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park

    Saturday, April 8
    Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park (promotion: Dukes Retro Night)

    Sunday, April 9
    Salt Lake Bees, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park (promotion: magnet schedules)

    Monday, April 10
    Salt Lake Bees, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park

    Tuesday, April 11
    At Reno Aces, 7:35 p.m., Reno, Nev.