.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Please vote on Tuesday

    Think of the people in your life who tell you that they don’t vote; that votes don’t matter, every election is pre-determined, folks behind  the scenes have arranged it all.

    Notice how often crucial elections are decided by a handful of votes. “I didn’t make it to the polls this time” is a common excuse people give for staying away from the voting booth.

  • N.M. homelessness — as seen by a Norwegian

    My name is Annika, and I am a volunteer at the Samaritan House in Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA. Currently, I’m studying at the United World college in Montezuma, but primarily, I live in Norway.

    I moved here in August 2017 to attend the World College, and since then I have been going to the shelter with a group of other people from my school, every week.

    Considering the background I come from, I was not very familiar with homelessness before coming here.

  • Investing in a child is investing in the future

    A few years ago a 60 something-year-old man came to me for help. It was my first time meeting him. As an attorney having practiced law for over three and a half decades, I was ready to address his legal issues.
    I listened as he began to share his story. His issue was completely unrelated to his upbringing, but he began his story by saying “When I was seven years old my parents got divorced.” He proceeded to explain his current legal problem almost 60 years later.

  • Do what works to provide student success

    By Charles Goodmacher

    Teachers and other educators across the nation say “enough” to chronic underfunding of public education. Here in New Mexico, educators await a positive outcome to the lawsuit against the State for failing to provide public schools the supports necessary for statewide student success.

    The National Education Association-New Mexico applauds every parent, school district board of education and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund who bring the lawsuit.

  • Meadow City Invite

    Robertson and West Las Vegas boys’ teams finished second and third, respectively, in Thursday’s Meadow City Invitational.

    St. Mike’s won the boys’ team title.

    Clayton was the big winner on the girls’ side, with West fourth and Robertson seventh.

    The Mora boys and girls both placed ninth.

    See the Optic print and online editions this coming week for more on the meet.

  • City firefighters address audit findings publicly

    Wednesday's Las Vegas City Council work session didn't have much planned for discussion.

    It was an unscheduled contribution, during the public input period, that attempted to provide clarity on concerns raised during a recently released special audit.

  • A global sport: UWC embraces rugby as an activity of choice

    By Dave Wheelock
    Special to the Optic

    A dozen or so teenage women stand close together on the grass, listening intently to the young man offering real-world advice in an African accent.

    Each is clad in the navy blue jerseys, shorts, and knee stockings of the Montezuma Rugby Club, and all are students at the United World College near Las Vegas, New Mexico. One girl wears a Muslim hijab and leggings. None of the girls has ever played in a “live” rugby match before today.

  • Rangers play 21

    An eight-run third inning for Mora combined with a shutout by three Ranger pitchers spelled a 21-0 romp against Questa this past Wednesday.

    Mora (7-2 and ranked second in Class 2A baseball by the latest NMOTSC.com coaches' poll) recorded 12 hits, with Javier Branch going 3 for 5 to lead the way. Gene Hern, Kenny Martinez and Roddy Martinez also had multiple hits.

    Alonzo Aragon, Branch, Devondre Cordova, Hern and Roddy Martinez each drove in runs in the runaway third.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, April 15-17

    SUNDAY (April 15)
    Baseball

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees, 1:05 p.m., Isotopes Park
    • NMHU vs. Colorado-Colorado Springs, noon, Brandt Park
    • La Plaza Little League opening day, games starting 9 a.m., Rodriguez Park
    Soccer
    • Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 1:30 and 3 p.m., UWC campus, Montezuma
    Softball
    • NMHU at Colorado State-Pueblo (DH), 11 a.m., Pueblo, Colo.

    MONDAY
    Baseball

  • Wrong-way I-25 driver nearly causes head-on collision

    A 51-year-old Ft. Collins, Colo., man was arrested recently for DWI, fourth offense, and other charges after traveling the wrong way on I-25.

    According to New Mexico State Police reports, officers were dispatched about 1:50 p.m. on April 1 to stop a wrong-way driver traveling on I-25 near milepost 373 near Mora County, where a head-on collision had nearly occurred.

    One of the parties called the NMSP to report the near collision and dispatch informed the officers.