Today's News

  • Noticias - Aug. 16, 2017

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    • First Born program provides services to families in San Miguel and Mora counties. It is a free and confidential home visiting program. To learn more about the program, or to schedule a visit, call 454-1343.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 16, 2017


    Noon to 5 p.m.
    The 26th Annual Watrous Day celebration takes place at Watrous Park with live music by Los Malcriados. A free barbecue will take place from noon to 1 p.m. with live music from 1 to 5 p.m.


    10:45 a.m.

  • Dems, don’t gloat over failure

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Jacksonville (Fla.) Daily News.

    Democrats remain in gloating mode following the failure of GOP efforts on health care. The realities of Obamacare and its structural deficiencies, however, threaten to break up the celebration.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 16, 2017
  • Work of Art: A year with Asian students

    For now, let’s simply call them “Kitty” and “Tookta,” the second name pronounced with a long “o,” as in Tuke-tah.” We Trujillos have done it again; we’ve accepted two more foreign exchange students whom we understand are the only two such students in Las Vegas.

    Two years ago we took Phaedra, from Belgium, and Ana, from Spain, into our home and “adopted” them for 10 months while they completed their 10th and 12th school grades, respectively, at West Las Vegas High School.

  • High expectations in Cardinal country

    In each of the last two seasons, the Robertson Cardinals have been one of the last two Class 4A football teams playing.

    They want that to be the case again this year — with one change.

    They want to be carrying a blue trophy instead of a red one when the dust settles in December.

  • Eighth inning boosts Isotopes; series a split

    A five-run eighth inning broke open what had been a tied ballgame Monday evening, and the Albuquerque Isotopes went on to a 7-3 victory in their series finale with visiting Fresno.

    Wins over the Grizzlies on Sunday and Monday gave the Isotopes a split of the four-game set.

    Former National League MVP Ryan Howard drove in two runs and went 1-for-4 with a double, batting as the designated hitter. Howard was signed by the Rockies organization as a free agent last week.

  • LVYSL holding late registration

    If your youngster (age 4-12) is interested in playing soccer this school year but you haven’t gotten around to registering, you’re in luck.

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League is accepting late registrations into the month of September at the cost of $65 per child. Late registrants will be placed on a waiting list to fill spots on teams as they become available.
    Registration fee for each child will not be charged until they are placed on a team.

    To sign up, log on to www.lasvegasyouthsoccer.org, click on the Registration tab, and follow the instructions.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 15, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas
    • City league games, 6:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas
    • Robertson vs. Tucumcari (exhibition scrimmage), 5:30 p.m., Cardinal Stadium
    • West Las Vegas vs. Santa Rosa vs. Santa Fe (exhibition scrimmages), 4 p.m., Herrera Complex
    • City league games, 6:15 and 7:30 p.m., Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas

  • Shear dedication

    By Gwen Albers
    Special to the Optic

    As the Mora/San Miguel County Fair got under way this week, some young enthusiasts are in their first few years handling and showing sheep and other animals.

    As a former vocational-agricultural teacher in Pojoaque Valley Public Schools near Santa Fe, Pat Melendrez learned to shear sheep in order to teach his students the craft.