Today's News

  • Girls can!

    Margaret McKinney photo/Highlands University

    Highlands forestry professor Julie Tsatsaros showed fifth-grade girls Yesenia Esquibel, Taylor Quintana and Alexis Pacheco how to conduct a water cycle experiment simulating rainfall and water quality, during an American Associaton of University Women  "Girls Can!" event at Highlands on May 17.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 3, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 3, 2018.

  • What is it that breaks your heart?

    By Rick Kraft

    What gets your emotions going? What is it that you can not look the other way from? What causes you to stop your world and feel passionate about?

    Humans are emotional animals. That is the way God made us. We ride up and down on a roller coaster of emotions in our daily lives.
    We may wake up in the morning happy that it is a weekend, stressed because of something at work, concerned about a family issue, angry because of a tragedy in national news, or disappointed over something bad that happened yesterday.

  • Enough with the ‘best in show’

    Recent complaints to the Optic about how multiple local school districts handled the process of determining valedictorian and/or salutatorian have reminded us of how high school has become competitive in the worst of ways — pitting classmates, neighbors and their families against each other.

    It’s time for all New Mexico school districts to rid themselves of this extra layer of competitive tracking — one that’s an ongoing headache for districts and one that adds nothing in preparing students for the world they already know to be competitive.

  • Helping the oil and gas industry frack Mora County

    By John Olivas

    In her latest missive about the state of affairs in Mora County (“Protecting Mora County from Fracking,” May 17, 2018), Commissioner Paula Garcia again attempts to rewrite history around efforts by residents to stop oil and gas drilling in Mora County.

    As the Chairman of the Mora County Commissioners during the time period about which she writes, however, my vantage point is much different.

  • Charles Trujillo reaches informal plea agreement

    Charles E. Trujillo would serve no prison time under an agreement discussed in a tentative agreement reached during a recent San Miguel District Court hearing. 

    Trujillo, the former Mora Schools Superintendent, assistant superintendent for Pecos Schools and administrator of a state education licensure bureau, and his attorney, Sam Bregman of Albuquerque, and the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's office and Judge Emilio J. Chavez agreed in principle at a May 25 hearing to plea-bargain terms for a series of charges for faking school-administrator credentials.

  • Ute fire: U.S. 64 still closed between Cimarron, Eagle Nest

    CIMARRON — A wildfire raced across a swath of tinder-dry forest in Colfax County this week, sending up a thick plume of smoke that forced residents to flee their homes as heat and wind threatened to drive the flames.

    The blaze destroyed about a dozen empty buildings on the Boy Scouts' storied Philmont Ranch and threatened about 300 homes, officials say. The flames were first reported Thursday and ballooned quickly, leading the towns of Ute and Cimarron being evacuated and the closure of U.S. 64 and other Colfax County roadways.

  • A champ on and off the field

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands University

    Earl Smith, the New Mexico Highlands Vatos rugby club captain and president, is a champion on and off the field.

    His team is headed back to the national sevens rugby tournament this weekend, looking for a third championship win — and he is nominated for a Life of Significance Award for his volunteer service.

  • Vatos seek national title No. 3

    For New Mexico Highlands University’s Vatos rugby team, a third time would be a charm.
    But will it happen this weekend?
    The Vatos are in the Philadelphia area for this weekend’s National Small College Rugby Organization sevens championship playoffs. They’ve won two previous national titles in sevens, a small-sided, faster version of the sport. But with a number of players gone from their last national championship lineup, the Vatos aren’t necessarily the favorites in Philly.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 3-7

    SUNDAY (June 3)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • NMHU Vatos at NSCRO 7s national championships, TBA, Philadelphia


    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park