• The 2018 session and priorities moving forward

    Although the 2018 legislative session has ended and campaign season has begun in earnest, the legislature’s work is not done yet.

    The results of the session allow us to intelligently plan for the future and fully vet priority issues that will improve life for all New Mexicans.

  • City/acecquia arrangement ‘es un desmadre’

    By Ray Gallegos

    I abhor individuals with 20/20 hindsight. I am writing this article before everyone starts blaming and pointing fingers in order to avert responsibility.

    I have written a series of opinion pieces  regarding the survival of the Acequias and the management of the Rio Gallinas Basin.

    I believe there will soon be nothing left to say on this matter. Las Vegas and the surrounding region have not had any measurable precipitation in more than 90 days and faces the worst inevitable drought in more than 50 years.

  • Which table do you choose to sit at?

    By Rick Kraft

    You arrive by yourself at a dinner you planned to attend. You walk into a fairly large room with maybe 40 tables. Most of them are partially filled. You do not have an assigned seat so you look across the room and you see a diverse group of people already sitting at the tables.

  • Rounding up some notable municipal election results

    There were a lot of interesting outcomes in last week’s municipal elections, all over the state. I thought the one I covered up close and personally was exceptional, but it turns out there were plenty of others.

  • Not the way I remember

    It's not the way I remember it. No, it's FAR different from the noisy 900 block of Railroad, conjures memories, which I'll tell you about in a few graphs.

  • Find your destiny here in New Mexico

    As Aristotle is purported to have said, “Where your talents and the world’s needs meet, there you will find your destiny.”      

    This year three women who have found their destiny in New Mexico each received $1000 from the Las Vegas branch of the American Association of University Women, which annually awards scholarships to nontraditional female students studying at Highlands University.

  • Unhappy people produce unhappy people

    By Rick Kraft

    One crab in a bucket without a lid will climb up the side of the bucket and escape. If there are two or more crabs in the bucket, there is no need for a lid.

    You see, a single crab will see the opportunity of escape above and will climb upwards and succeed in reaching the top. You need to put a lid or cover on the top of the bucket to keep the single crab from getting out. If you have two or more crabs in the bucket, you need no lid. None of the crabs will be able to escape.

  • Symbols, statues, ‘taking a knee,’ and Oñate’s foot

    For the last 29 years of my teaching career, I taught social anthropology in an international school. Our students came from as many as 85 different nations; the ethnic mix of students.

    What I faced in each new class was unpredictable and often presented new challenges in communication. Along with my students, I constantly faced the task of finding mutual understanding among people from very diverse backgrounds, apparently randomly thrown together.

  • Thumbs: Our high-country lowdown on the news, March 9, 2018

    One of the troubles with having a seeded state basketball tournament is that it leads to complaining from adults and kids alike about the process — especially if one seed makes the difference in a road trip spanning hundreds of miles.
    These complaints — whether voiced at games, to Optic staff or on social media, are often overheard by players and coaches.

  • Three months into newspaper ownership

    Three months ago, I bought a newspaper, The Guadalupe County Communicator. I knew, or should have known, what I was getting into.

    It’s a different experience, owning the whole outfit. For about 10 years, I ran newspapers for a big corporate owner, so I already had a pretty good idea what it takes to run a paper. But being the bona-fide, local owner is a whole other experience, as the almighty buck is now permanently affixed to my desk, which I bought along with the paper.