Today's News

  • 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.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 3, 2014

    • LCC vs. Otero (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • LCC at Lamar (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.

    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Jacona
    • Valley Middle School boys at Cariños, 4 p.m., Española
    • LCC at Lamar (DH), noon, Lamar, Colo.


  • Gov: Put merger on ballot

    Consolidation of both local school districts has been the talk of the town for a number of years.

    Last Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez chimed in on the issue after two Las Vegas City Schools board members brought it up during her visit to Legion Park Elementary, where she promoted her proposed education budget for this year’s legislative session.

    Board member Luis Ortiz suggested an executive order from the governor, but it was no dice from the governor for his suggestion.

  • Cirque zuma zuma - Unique troupe to perform here

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Cirque Zuma Zuma from Africa Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Cirque Zuma Zuma is the only performance troupe of its kind in the world and has toured for sell-out crowds in Europe, Australia and the United States. The performance at Highlands is in celebration of Black History Month

  • Panel OKs plan to ax ed. secretary

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic lawmakers pushed ahead Friday with a proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s oversight of education by reversing a decision by voters a decade ago that gave the governor more influence over public school policy.

    The Senate Rules Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment on a party-line vote that would remove the Public Education Department from the direct control of the governor.