Today's News

  • Weather - Feb. 5, 2014

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -8. Southeast wind 15-20 mph. A 40 percent chance of snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -10. Southeast wind 10-15 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. South wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.


  • Correction - Feb. 5, 2014

    A Jan. 24 article reported that Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez is out on sick leave and that Lydia Flores had been named interim superintendent. In fact, Flores was named acting superintendent.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 5, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Cowboy José” by Susan Middleton Elya. Free and open to the public.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 5, 2014
  • Gov’s action outrageous

    We are baffled by Gov. Susana Martinez’s decision to appoint someone to the Highlands University Board of Regents who has an active lawsuit against the university.

    Before we delve into that topic, here’s a disclosure. Among the people who applied for the position was Optic editorial board member Joseph McCaffrey. We have no issue with the governor passing McCaffrey over for the position. Because McCaffrey applied for the regent post, we excluded him from the editorial board’s discussion on this matter.

  • Work of Art - Colorado green chile? Nah!

    An alert user of the social medium, Facebook, posted something brilliant: “I sure wish we had some of that green chile from Colorado.”

    Said no one.


    I spotted this post on the Facebook page of former Las Vegas and current Seattle-ite Ileana Gonzales. She said in 16 words what takes me several paragraphs to express.

  • Classic matchups
  • Rivalry Week, Part Two
  • Sochi Olympics to begin on Thursday

    The Associated Press

    SOCHI, Russia — Nothing to fear.

    That’s how a few of the first U.S. athletes to arrive at the Sochi Games feel after getting their first look at an unprecedented security presence ringing the Olympics.

    With militant groups threatening to attack during the next few weeks, security and the safety of competitors and visitors to the coastal area and in the nearby mountains that will host the events has become both heightened and inescapable.

  • Home runs make difference for HU

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    Sophomore Dekota Monarrez may have been only 2-7 (.286) from the plate in the opening weekend, but she made sure her two hits did not stay in the ballpark.

    Monarrez hit a pair of two-run bombs in game two as New Mexico Highlands (1-1) upended Southwestern Oklahoma State (1-1) 4-2. The Cowgirls fell to the Bulldogs in game one, 4-3, Saturday afternoon.