Today's News

  • LFC budget proposal summary

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Here are highlights of budget proposals released Friday by the Legislative Finance Committee for the upcoming 30-day session of the Legislature.

    • Spending on public school operations, the Public Education Department and other education initiatives would increase by 5.6 percent or nearly $143 million. That would provide about $2.7 billion in overall funding for schools, which traditionally account for the largest share of spending in the state budget.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 6, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Pancho’s Cafe robbed
    Las Vegas police are investigating the robbery of a local restaurant, Pancho’s Cafe, on  Grand Avenue and Baca Avenue, on New Year’s Eve.
    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said no weapons were involved.
    The robber is described as an unidentified male, approximately 6 feet tall. He was wearing an orange Broncos cap during the robbery.

    Abuse reported prior to death  

  • Legislator seeks vote on marijuana legalization

    The Associated Press

    A state legislator wants New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize sale of recreational marijuana.

    Democratic Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque plans legislation for a constitutional amendment for marijuana legalization, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday.

    Ortiz y Pino says his proposal would take an approach on use of marijuana similar to what is done with alcohol and that it will be modeled after a referendum that Colorado voters approved in 2012.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 6, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “All the Seasons of the Year” by Deborah Lee Rose. Free and open to the public.


  • Red Cross urges New Mexicans to get flu shot

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Fix the lottery scholarship

    When the state Legislature convenes on Jan. 21 one of its top priorities should be an emergency appropriation to the lottery scholarship fund to prevent disruptive scholarship cuts during the spring semester.

    Thousands of New Mexico college and university students and their families rely on lottery scholarships. Among the beneficiaries are New Mexico natives attending Luna Community College and Highlands University.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 6, 2014
  • Another Perspective — Behavioral Health Institute: A key to better mental health care

    The New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute is a key provider of mental health services and long-term care statewide, serving as the foundation for any plan to improve those services. It also serves as a vital component of the regional economy of northeastern New Mexico.

  • Cowgirls shoot past Metro

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    The New Mexico Highlands University women’s basketball team (5-5, 2-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) built a 10-point lead in the second half and junior Jenny Johnson made a lay-up with six seconds remaining as the Cowgirls upended Metro State (3-7, 2-4 RMAC) 72-70 Friday at the Wilson Complex.

  • Cards hold on, drop Warriors

    Brandon Maes’ return to the lineup gave the Robertson boys’ basketball team a boost Saturday night, and it came in handy as the Cardinals carved out a 49-44 win over Socorro at Mike Marr Gym.

    Maes scored 13 points, including six in the second quarter, when the Cardinals wrested control from the Warriors.
    Socorro came out firing freely from the perimeter, and initially that approach worked well.