Today's News

  • Three more bad ideas to reform higher education

    New Mexico’s higher education was, once again, on the minds of many of our elected officials during this year’s legislative session, and  lots of ideas to improve our state’s higher education have echoed around the statehouse.

    Some ideas had merit. Some did not.

    Here are three bad ideas I recently heard:

  • Making the next time the best ever

    By Rick Kraft

    The best time ever might be the next time. Maybe, just maybe, by giving it all that you have, the next time will be the best.

    On July 5, 1969, a band who called themselves “The Rolling Stones” broke through onto the music scene when they performed a free concert in Hyde Park, England. More than 200,000 attended the event.

  • After the session: Priorities moving forward

    After spending the past several years trying to dig ourselves out of a financial recession and slow economic growth, New Mexico has the potential for a bright future, but only if we have our priorities in order.

    On the one hand, the human spirit is dynamic, fluid and persistent and is led by our curiosity and an innate need to address issues that affect our lives and to help one another.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

  • Rangers, Pecos teams rule district standings

    The Mora Rangers took advantage of a supportive home crowd clad mostly in green, clinching the regular-season District 5-2A boys’ basketball championship Thursday night.

    Mora beat its closest district rival, Escalante, in an 83-66 home contest.

    The Rangers improved to 18-7 overall and stayed unbeaten in the district at 7-0.

    The visiting Lobos slipped to 13-11 and 6-2. Their hope of catching Mora for the regular-season title and hosting rights for this coming week’s district tournament evaporated with the defeat.

  • Meadow City Soccer Club excels at Meltdown

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas’ Meadow City Soccer Club kicked off its 2018 season this past weekend at the AYSO Meltdown Tournament held in Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

    Despite playing up an age division and being one of the few co-ed teams playing in the 12U Boys division, the select team went 3-1 over the two-day friendly, outscoring its competition 8-3.

    “We looked solid out there,” said Ron Doss, who co-coaches with Ian Williamson and Shannon Doss. “Our fitness, team play, and skill set are right on track.”

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 18-22

    SUNDAY (Feb. 18)

    • NMHU vs. Fort Hays State, noon., Brandt Park
    • Luna at Lamar Community College (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.


    • District 2-4A girls tournament TBA
    • Las Vegas youth league girls’ games, 5:30 p.m., Rec
    • Luna at Otero Community College (DH), noon, La Junta, Colo.


  • More reflections of Company C

    By Maurilio Vigil, Special to the Optic

    The following is the second in a multi-part series. Part one can be found here: goo.gl/mH39uU

    Frank Rodriguez recalls a fresh new lieutenant insisting the men shave every day, and the New Mexican curse words they said to each other in pondering the idea of shaving in combat.

  • District buys building near school

    During its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, the West Las Vegas School Board of Education approved the district’s offer of $69,000 to purchase a property at 1928 New Mexico Ave., formerly known as Pretty Paws Pet Grooming.

    Board Chairman Marvin Martinez said the property is across from Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School, and if the sale is approved by the state, the existing parking at the building will be used by the school district.

  • Last-minute shuffles cement state budget deal

    By Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — It took moving a few million dollars here and putting a few million dollars there, but New Mexico had a budget by the end of Wednesday.

    A $6.3 billion spending plan is on its way to Gov. Susana Martinez after the Senate and House of Representatives brokered a compromise on slightly different budgets approved by both chambers.