Today's News

  • Three primary races set the stage

    Here we are, on the eve of New Mexico’s primary elections, which will set the stage for November’s general election.

    There are races galore around our state, from local county races to the titanic contests for the top, and soon we’ll be able to analyze the partisan moods of the electorate by the collective decisions made.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 1, 2018

    Not only has Virginia Marrujo worn many hats for the City of Las Vegas this sporing, one of those hats is Fiestas coordinator, which includes helping arrange vendor placements along Bridge Street.

    Some businesses close during the six-day event (a six-day Fiestas seems a bit long for Las Vegas these days); others remain open.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 1, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 1, 2018.

  • Interleague softball

    Las Vegas Little League Aggies’ Ariana Sanchez puts the ball in play against La Plaza’s Jayhawks during one of four interleague softball games Tuesday night in town.

    The two local leagues have demonstrated renewed cooperation, beefing up the number of interleague contests in both baseball and softball.

  • Barela out as RHS girls' coach

    Leroy Barela, who led the Robertson girls’ basketball team to a 25-4 record and a couple of deep runs in the state tournament, is leaving the position effective immediately.
    Barela confirmed that he resigned Tuesday, and he said the decision was his.
    In recent weeks, a petition raising concerns about Barela was reportedly circulated by some parents of players in the RHS program. Among the complaints was the coach’s reported treatment of girls on the team.

  • Go Fish: Friday, June 1

    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

  • Caps get even in the desert

    By Greg Beacham
    The Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Alex Tuch collected the skittering puck with absolutely nothing between him and the tying goal with two minutes left in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
    Braden Holtby reacted with pure instinct.
    Washington’s goalie stretched back and lunged to his right with his stick, thrusting the paddle into the exact 4-inch slot of air through which Tuch’s shot was headed for the net.
    “Luckily it hit me,” Holtby said with a shrug.

  • Topes fall in 11th

    Fresno’s Jon Kemmer scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning, boosting the Grizzlies to a 12-11 win over Albuquerque on Wednesday night at the Lab.

    That followed a successful road trip for the Isotopes, who won a series in Sacramento for the first time, taking three of five games in the California capital.

    Albuquerque hit four home runs Wednesday and rallied from the 8-3 deficit they faced going into the sixth inning.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 1-5

    FRIDAY (June 1)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park


    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • NMHU Vatos at NSCRO 7s national championships, TBA, Philadelphia

  • Statewide race Q & A: Brian Colón, candidate for state auditor

    Brian Colón, candidate for state auditor, reached out to the Optic to take some questions recently. The Albuquerque resident is facing Bill McCamley of Las Cruces in Tuesday's New Mexico Democratic primary.

    Optic: An Albuquerque Journal poll of 444 likely Democratic voters, published last weekend, showed you have a commanding 26-point lead over Bill McCamley. What went through your mind when you first saw the result, and what sort of impact does that tend to have on a campaign?