Today's News

  • Dividing up California — and the rest of the nation

    We might or might not want our salsa to come from New York City, and we might even think California is too flaky for our traditional values, but the reality is, those are the places where most national trends get started.

    Moreover, on the West Coast, we have a bellwether of sorts when it comes to political trends — thanks to California’s infamous ballot initiatives.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 29, 2018


    It’s so nice to see the Las Vegas Plaza cleaned up for Fiestas. Let’s see it continue to look nice all summer long — and for other parts of San Miguel and Mora counties to look just as fresh and new and clean. 

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 29, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 29, 2017.

  • Meadow City flavor in District 4 finals

    In three of four championship games set for Thursday, the last of the District 4 Little League’s six-day run at Rodriguez Park, host La Plaza was to battle Las Vegas for district titles.

    The all-Meadow City matchups were to include 11-12 baseball, 11-12 softball and 9-11 baseball divisions. (See the Optic online and print editions for updated information.)

    As of Wednesday night, La Plaza had won two district banners — both against Las Vegas Little League — and Taos had also won two.

  • Otra vez: Second Mariachi night delivers a win for ABQ

    Let out your best grito.

    With Las Vegas’ own Mariachi Cardenal among the groups on hand to lend musical support, the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico got out to an early five-run lead and didn’t let up, dancing past the Dorados of Sacramento 13-8 on Tuesday night in Albuquerque.

  • Go Fish: Friday, June 29

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 29-July 3

    FRIDAY (June 29)
    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas


    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas


    • Albuquerque Isotopes at El Paso Chihuahuas, 6:05 p.m., El Paso, Texas

  • Little League update (June 27): More champs crowned

    Wednesday scores from the District 4 Little League championships hosted by La Plaza at Rodriguez Park:

    La Plaza 20, Taos 10, 11-12 softball; La Plaza plays in final vs. Las Vegas (10 a.m. Thursday).

    Las Vegas 13, Santa Rosa 6, 11-12 baseball; Las Vegas in final vs. La Plaza (12:30 p.m. Thursday).

    Santa Rosa defeated La Plaza, 8-10 baseball; Santa Rosa in final vs Taos (10 a.m. Thursday).

    La Plaza 14, Raton 2, 9-11 baseball; La Plaza in final vs. Las Vegas (5:30 p m. Thursday).

  • Sardinas Canyon fire now bigger than 800 acres

    A forest fire burning in a rugged area of the Carson National Forest located between Mora and Taos grew considerably between Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening. 

    The Sardinas Canyon fire grew from about 85 acres Monday to more than 800 acres by late Wednesday. It is zero percent contained.

  • Little League update: La Plaza takes 9-11 softball banner

    La Plaza's 9-11 softball team became the first squad to hoist a District 4 championship banner in 2018, beating Las Vegas 31-19 Tuesday night at Rodriguez Park.

    The game consumed nearly three hours as the teams combined for 50 runs, most off walks and errors.

    Late Tuesday, La Plaza Seniors baseball defeated Las Vegas' Rebels 20-11 in game two, sweeping their best-of-three series for the district title.

    Earlier Tuesday, La Plaza's 11-12 baseball team punched its ticket to the final by silencing a tough Santa Rosa team 10-0.