Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 21, 2016

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. New Orleans Zephyrs, 12:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    •Las Vegas Grizzlies vs. Albuquerque Thunder, 2 p.m., Herrera Complex
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, 2 p.m., Montezuma

    •Albuquerque Isotopes at Omaha Storm Chasers, 5:35 p.m., Omaha, Neb.
    •Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park

  • Movie director to address UWC grads

    Submitted to the Optic

    Gavin Hood, an Academy Award-winning director, will be the featured speaker at commencement exercises for the United World College at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the UWC campus in Montezuma.

    The graduation is open to the public, and will be streamed live on the UWC website.

  • West board to interview all applicants

    All seven candidates for the vacant position on the West Las Vegas School board are still in the running.

    During a special board meeting on Tuesday evening, the board unanimously decided not to select finalists for the position, but to interview all candidates during a board meeting on Wednesday.

  • Striving to make NM ‘best place to be a kid’

    Child abuse is an epidemic that has plagued the state for years. We have all seen it from the brutal Baby Brianna case in southern New Mexico in 2002 to the death of 9-year-old Omaree Varela in 2013.

    Now, the woman leading the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department is on a mission to ensure we all have a part against the war on child abuse and to make New Mexico “the best place to be a kid.”

  • Health insurers propose rate hikes for 2017

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico regulators are unveiling details about the health insurance premiums proposed by insurers for next year, and there are indications the state will not escape the hefty increases expected nationwide.

    Rate hikes for 2017 could reach well into the double digits in New Mexico and elsewhere as insurers deal with the financial drain resulting from President Barack Obama’s health care law.

  • NM man dies of hantavirus

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State health officials say a 30-year-old man from San Juan County has died of hantavirus.

    New Mexico Department of Health officials also announced Tuesday that an 84-year-old man from Santa Fe County currently is hospitalized with hantavirus.

    It’s the third and fourth cases of hantavirus in New Mexico this year.

    An environmental investigation will be conducted at each patient’s home to help reduce the risk to others.

  • Jail Log - May 20, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 11 and  May 18:

  • Editorial Cartoon: Mar. 20, 2016
  • Thumbs May 20, 2016

    When will it end? Three more child sex abuse lawsuits were filed last week against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, including one that alleges that a monsignor who previously worked at Immaculate Conception Parish in Las Vegas sexually abused and raped a 6-year-old girl. The three new cases are in addition to 59 other lawsuits filed against the archdiocese by the same law firm in recent years. The lawsuits allege that the abuse occurred decades ago and that the victims only recently began to process what happened to them.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Unconventional advice for this year’s graduates

    It’s that time of year, when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and the families they’re making proud.

    Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized. Anyone who thinks a diploma or degree is a ticket to success is sadly mistaken. It’s just a ticket to ride; you still have to get there on your own.