Today's News

  • Tapped out (of credibility)

    The following editorial originally published in the Norwich Bulletin (Conn.) on March 6.

    If President Donald Trump’s boundless temerity hadn’t already tested and exhausted the tolerance of every American who doesn’t own a red hat, he probably alienated those last few holdouts on Saturday.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 12, 2017
  • Another Perspective: Is more money the answer to education system’s problems?

    By Carla Sonntag

    We spend a lot of time talking about how bad New Mexico educational system is — ranked 49th in the nation. Is the answer more money? Absolutely not! Some states spending less per student rank higher for educational quality.

    More money is not the answer, but how we spend it is. If we invested in competitive teachers’ salaries that support quality personnel, we might see a difference. We also need to invest in better educational materials and equipment.

  • Just a Thought: Creating something positive in the air

    By Rick Kraft

    There is something positive in the air.  And there could be more if you choose to streak! What?  Who would want to see you streaking?  The short answer is “everyone.”  Okay, I have a lot of explaining to do.

    This week is an anniversary for me, seventeen years to be exact. I began streaking on March 10, 2000 and I have been streaking every day since. Okay, I know, I still have a lot of explaining to do.

  • Another Perspective: Democratic Party must do some soul-searching

    By Joe McCaffery

    This is an open communication with Tom Perez, the newly elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

    Tom, I was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from New Mexico Congressional Dist. 3, pledged to Secretary Clinton. On TV, I was the guy in the yellow hat and bandanna, angry at the Sanders delegates.

    Tom, I remain perplexed; we Democrats don’t seem to be able to admit to simplest of truths:

    We lost the election! There is no do-over button!

  • USDA selects Randa York as employee of the month

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico has selected Randa York as the March 2017 “Employee of the Month.”

    York is a native of Fort Sumner. She is the daughter of Ralph and Rita York of that community.

    She is a Soil Conservationist with the USDA Service Center in Las Vegas. She was selected from the more than the 120 employees of the NRCS New Mexico, which has field offices in 35 locations across the state. NRCS New Mexico offices can be found in every county except for Los Alamos.

  • Noticias - March 12, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…

    • If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.

    • The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 800-925-4186 or Frances at 575-815-8544.

  • Que Pasa - March 12, 2017

    3 to 5 p.m.
    The Las Vegas Jewish Community is having a Purim party at the historic Temple Montefiore (Newman Chapel). For more information, call Diana Presser 505-399-9633.


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    March 15

  • Mora Elementary students learn of Black History Month, Mardi Gras

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mora Elementary School students spent two days celebrating Black History Month by learning about the enslaved people in New Orleans.

    The students learned of how the people relentlessly toiled in an unjust system, while working and counting down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were able to congregate in Congo Square.  

  • Dear Teacher - March 12, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Where can I find out what the Common Core standards require children to learn at different grade levels? — Seeking Information

    Answer: You are wise to want to learn more about the Common Core standards, as much misinformation about them exists. First of all, they are educational standards only for English language arts (ELA)/literacy and mathematics in grades K-12. These standards do not dictate how teachers should teach these subjects; this is determined by teachers and their schools.