Today's News

  • Don’t forget to vote

    If you’re a registered voter and you haven’t already cast your ballot for the General Election, we urge you to vote on Tuesday.

    Most local races in San Miguel and Mora Counties were decided during the June primary, but there are still key positions up for grabs, including a San Miguel County magistrate judgeship, a Mora County Commission seat and the Mora County sheriff’s post.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 3, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Doctors, lawyers and skyrocketing health care

    All this talk about health care and its costs, brought on by Think New Mexico’s most recent report, got me to thinking about my own experiences with hospitals and their bills — and I’m not alone.

  • Weekend Roundup - Cards stay unbeaten

    Records and recent history aside, Taos looked every bit the equal of Robertson in Friday night’s District 2-4A football contest.

    Then the second half happened.

    The visiting Cardinals owned the final 24 minutes, putting 27 unanswered points on the scoreboard for a 48-21 rout in the penultimate game of the regular season.

    Robertson (9-0, 2-0) will finish up with a matchup against crosstown rival West Las Vegas in Vegas Bowl kicking off at noon Saturday at the Herrera Complex. The Dons (3-6, 1-1) had this past weekend off for their bye week.

  • Cowgirls honor seniors

    NMHU Sports Information

    On Saturday, NMHU’s volleyball team formally recognized the contributions of its three seniors: Jessica Piper, Alicia Moreno and Elizabeth Gomez.

    “This senior class, as small as it is, will be quite difficult to fully replace,” head coach Bryan Crawford said. “They all have such a passion for the sport that I hope every other player sees and carries on when they are gone. These seniors have been the anchor this season with all the ups and downs of the younger athletes.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Nov. 3, 2014

    • NMHU women at Northern Arizona, 5 p.m., Flagstaff, Ariz.

    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico, 6 p.m., Wilson Complex

    • RMAC tournament first-round match: NMHU women vs. Fort Lewis, 5 p.m., Perkins Stadium
    • District 2-4A tournament: Robertson vs. Taos, 7 p.m., Mike Marr Gym


  • Highlands prez to retire

    Nearly eight years after returning to New Mexico Highlands University as its president, Jim Fries has announced that he is planning to retire.  

    The president announced his decision to faculty and staff on Wednesday, saying it’s something he has been contemplating for at least a year.

  • Senior profile - Macario and Ana Marie Gonzales

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    From serving on the City Council and feeding the hungry to counseling West Las Vegas students and renovating old adobe homes, Macario and Ana Marie Gonzales devote their time to causes that matter in the community.

    The Gonzaleses, now in their 70s, have had to slow down a bit in recent years due to health scares, but they remain active.

  • In Mora, commission, sheriff posts on the line

    While most local races in Mora County were decided during the June primary, two county races are up for grabs in the Nov. 4 general election.

    The District 1 Commission race pits incumbent Paula A. Garcia, a Democrat, against Republican Tim E. Fresquez.

  • National mood flavors NM races for congress

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The battle for New Mexico’s U.S. Senate seat is intensifying as Election Day approaches, and incumbent Democrat Tom Udall and Republican challenger Allen Weh are scrambling to secure the votes of those who remain undecided.

    The distance between Udall and Weh is shrinking as the retired Marine colonel’s campaign works to capitalize on general frustration with the Obama administration and the lack of progress in Washington on a host of issues.