Today's News

  • From the city: Here are the basics of preparing a city budget

    The city’s budget has recently gotten media attention, and there’s been some misunderstandings about both terminology and process regarding municipal budgets in the state of New Mexico.

    I get it. Words like “budget”  and “accounting”  make most people’s eyes glaze over. Most of us hate to even balance our checkbooks, and the work of the finance department is a little like continuously balancing an enormous, complex checkbook.

  • Another Perspective: Mora County responds to ambulance concerns

    By Paula Garcia, Chairwoman, Mora County Commission

    Tuesday, KOB-TV aired a story about the Mora County Ambulance Service. The story addressed a critical issue in Mora County regarding public safety and the availability of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the county. However, because of the brief and simplified format of the story, some vital facts were either missing or in need of clarification.

  • Palabras Pintorescas - ‘Herd Ware Store’ is an Old Town business

    The annual summer fun times are here at the ranch. Friends and relatives return to “recharge their battery” as my doctor father used to say here in our beautiful part of New Mexico. I am an unofficial tour guide for these younger generations.

    Yes, I have been here for a long time (now more than 80 years) and I have never tired of poking around in our Las Vegas with this younger set.

  • Dear Teacher - Aug. 13, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I’m off to college next month and am beginning to panic. What should I know about college before I get there? — Future Freshman

    Answer: Be aware that college is going to be a very new experience. This is a major life transition. It will be especially different if you’re going to be living away from your family for the first time. You are going to meet many different types of people who may not think of the world as you do.

  • Nice catch
  • Topes among leaders in triples

    Albuquerque’s penchant for hitting triples this summer has several Isotopes ranked among the Pacific Coast League’s best in that category with less than a month to go in the regular season.

  • Fiesta golf tees off Aug. 30

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association sent two teams to the Santa Fe Country Club Invitational Tournament on July 20, and both came home winners.

    The combination of Tangee Dolan, Amy Duhon, Denise Franken, Mary Wolfe emerged as winners of the first flight low gross.

    Winners of the second flight low net were Jacque Geoffrion, Merlyn Gonzales, Sue Johnson and Dodie Torres. Geoffrion also won with the longest drive.

  • Go Fish - Aug. 13, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers.

    Catches of the week
    Clayton Lake: Aaron Earle of Clayton caught a 6-pound channel catfish Aug. 5. He was using chicken liver.

    Cowles Pond: Grayson J. Bisagna, 4, of Albuquerque caught a rainbow trout July 31. He was using worms.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Aug. 13, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 6:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • NMHU women vs. Trinidad State Junior College (exhibition), TBA
    • Mora-San Miguel County Fair mud volleyball tournament, county fairgrounds

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park


  • Meeting first responders

    First responders are not someone you want to meet most of the time, as they are usually the first people you see during an emergency. But on Saturday, many first responders will be on-site at the third annual Local Emergency Planning Committee Expo, which will allow attendees to talk and meet many police officers and firefighters personally.