Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 25, 2013
  • One Solitary Life

    Editor’s note: This initially ran in the Optic on Dec. 24, 2012:

  • Work of Art — Luminaria or farolito: That is the question

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the 2013 edition of Tradiciones.

    The question was: “What do you call those things you put a candle into and line your driveway with?” The answer was: “They’re luminarias, but in some places, they’re called farolitos.”

    Alas, but a once-and-for-all answer is not possible. Researching something like the difference between the two terms, which surface each Christmas season, isn’t a question of exhaustive sources; rather, it’s a matter of being selective:

  • Stu Clark: Revered holiday tradition turns 60

    Northern New Mexico’s beloved holiday hoops showcase celebrates 60 years on the hardwood this year.

    The Stu Clark Tournament tips off Thursday afternoon at New Mexico Highlands’ Wilson Complex. Passes are on sale for $12 a pop. In case you didn’t find one in your Christmas stocking, you can get them at the door.

    A quick look at each team, listed in order of day one’s matchups:

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  • Six Cards all-state in football

    Reflecting the team’s strong late-season and postseason, six Robertson players were named to the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 3A All-State Football Team.

    Robertson’s Dominic Lucero (junior, running back), Kenny Yara (junior, linebacker) and Joe Armijo (senior, defensive back) were named to the first team.

    James Gonzales (senior, running back), Diego Trujillo (junior, offensive lineman) and Francisco “Coco” Arguello (sophomore, linebacker) were tabbed to the second team.

  • 9 former Chiefs players join brain injury lawsuit

    By Bill Draper
    The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Hall of Famers Albert Lewis and Art Still are among nine former Kansas City Chiefs players who have joined a lawsuit that contends the team hid the risks of permanent brain injuries from repeated concussions.
    The concussions happened between late 1987 and early 1993 when there was no NFL collective bargaining agreement in place.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 25

    No local sporting events scheduled

    • Sixtieth annual Stu Clark Tournament (featuring Robertson, West Las Vegas boys), Moriarty vs. St. Pius X, 1 p.m., Capital vs. Central (Ariz.), 3 p.m., West Las Vegas vs. Bernalillo, 6 p.m., Robertson vs. Atrisco Heritage, 8 p.m., Wilson Complex
    • Robertson boys (B,C) at Española tourney
    • Robertson girls at Goddard tourney, TBA, Roswell


  • Heartbreaking setback

    Filadelfio “Phil” Rubio, who fought in both World War II and the Korean War, is now having to pick up the pieces of his shattered life.

    Rubio, a gentle-mannered 90-year-old, lost his home to a fire in the early morning hours of Dec. 8. His home, located on Romero Street on the city’s west side, is a complete loss.

    The fire remains under investigation, but authorities suspect that it was an electrical fire, according to Las Vegas Fire Chief Philip Mares.

  • Lighting up the night
  • Highlands hires new provost

    An administrator at Our Lady of the Lake University has been tapped to be New Mexico Highlands University’s next provost and vice president of academic affairs.

    Teresita Aguilar, a first-generation college graduate who earned her doctorate from the University of North Texas, will begin her new job in early January, Highlands President Jim Fries announced during last week’s regents meeting. She replaces Gilbert Rivera, who has been trying to retire since 2011.