Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 28, 2014

    Senior health and fitness day
    Alta Vista Regional Hospital invites older adults to its National Senior Health and Fitness Day Wednesday (today) from 10 a.m. to noon at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Health screenings will include blood pressure, glucose and cholesterols. Contact Marla Martinez, 426-3772, or marla_martinez@chs

  • Weather - May 28, 2014

     A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Light and variable wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the morning. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 5-10 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 5-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.


  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 28, 2014

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

  • Que Pasa - May 28, 2014

    • Political Public Forum, 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 at the Mora Independent School Auditorium. Guests include Mora County commission candidates John Olivas, Paula Garcia, George Trujillo, and Joseph JD Weathers. Guest moderator is Eric A. Romero. Organizer of the event is La Voz de Mora.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Baby Loves Visiting” by Michael Lawrence. Free and open to the public.

  • Prof. Salazar honored for work in education

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education tapped Highlands University education professor emerita Loretta Salazar for the Matías L. Chacón award for her contribution to bilingual education at the state level.

    Salazar’s career in bilingual education spans 40 years as both a classroom teacher and higher education professor. She received the NMABE award at the organization’s 41st annual conference in late April.

  • Our picks for primary

    4th Judicial District Judge

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 28, 2014
  • Work of Art: ‘Over the tracks’ is out

    The rules for Railroad Avenue baseball in the ‘50s were simple: Shorty Bustos’ abandoned car was first base; unless he awakens, that sleeping dog, “Sweetums,” is second base; third base is . . . well, you see that pile of rocks over there? And home is that other pile of rocks. And depending on who’s batting, “over the tracks” was either a homerun or an out. Simple.

  • Robbers home at last

    On Monday, a full four days after they’d been scheduled to host their first Pecos League baseball game of the season, the Las Vegas Train Robbers finally caught a break in the suddenly rainy spring weather.

    For a while, anyway.

    Memorial Day sunshine seemed to win out over a few stray sprinkles and then a couple innings into the game, the skies opened up again. Heavy rain and a few lightning strikes in the area drove the small gathering of fans to seek shelter while umpires cleared the field at Rodriguez Park.

    Game suspended.

  • National champ!

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU Sports Information

    Soaring 20 feet, 9 inches, and topping the best efforts of her opponents as well as her own previous bests, New Mexico Highlands University junior Salcia Slack willed herself to the national long jump championship on Thursday.

    Slack went on to win a second national title the following day, coming close to a national record in the heptathlon.

    Those victories helped lead Highlands to a heroic seventh-place finish in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which concluded Saturday in Allendale, Mich.