Today's News

  • Weather - Aug. 11, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 11, 2014

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 11, 2014

    The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees August meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 11 at K-Bobs restaurant. The program will include State Convention Delegate selection and action on constitution and bylaws. For more information, call Tomás at 575-421-2455.

    • Luna Community College will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12 as employee orientation will take place. The campus re-opens for business at 1 p.m. that day.


  • State departments holding joint job fair Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) will be holding a joint job fair in Santa Fe on Tuesday. There are about 200 positions open between the two cabinet agencies with various jobs located throughout the state.

    The job fair takes place from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the New Mexico State Personnel Offices at 2600 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

  • Prof to involve HU students in Palestinian research

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University students will have the opportunity to work on research about the feminization of higher education in Palestine, thanks to a partnership sociology professor Erika Derkas developed during a summer fellowship in the West Bank.

  • Support for open primaries

    It appears that reason is finally beginning to prevail on the issue of closed primaries in this state.

    You may recall that back in June a lawsuit was filed challenging the current system, in which only registered Democrats and Republicans are allowed to vote in state primaries. Albuquerque lawyers David Crum and J. Edward Hollington are arguing that New Mexico’s primary election system is unconstitutional because it denies the basic right to vote to a large number of voters in our state.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 11, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Music ties cultures, regions together

    “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.” — Pythagoras

    Math, it’s been said, is the language of the universe. But when it comes to the human experience, music is the tie that binds.

  • Isotopes split with 51s

    Albuquerque split the first two games of its road trip to Las Vegas, Nev., opening with a 6-2 win over the division-leading 51s on Thursday before falling 9-6 on Friday night at Cashman Field.

    Las Vegas (67-54 as of Saturday) leads the Pacific Coast League’s American Southern Division
    Albuquerque is 55-65.

    The series will conclude at 8:05 p.m. Monday. The Isotopes return to The Lab for an eight-game homestand beginning with a 6:35 start Tuesday night against Memphis.

  • Campbell: Fullback with Chiefs

    The dream continues for Jordan Campbell.

    The former New Mexico Highlands University football standout is pursuing a second chance of landing a spot in the National Football League this fall, even if it means switching positions.

    Campbell is getting repetitions as a fullback with the Kansas City Chiefs after signing a free agency deal with the organization in the offseason.