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Today's News

  • Remembering Dennis Mitchell

    I was out on my deck, planting flowers from the Mora Valley Ranch Supply store (their plants are used to our high elevation here at the ranch) when the Optic came in the mail.

    I always page through it quickly to get the news pertaining to our area.
    I was surprised to learn that Dennis Mitchell had passed away. I have known Dennis for a very long time and thankfully my radio can pick up KFUN radio here in these high mountains so I always get the local news, every morning when I am cooking breakfast.

  • Graduate geology student conducts research on Santa Fe River

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University
    A New Mexico Highlands geology graduate student will conduct a hydrogeology research study of the lower Santa Fe River that aims to measure the quantity and quality of the water as it flows into the Rio Grande.

    Ryan Mann, a 41-year-old Albuquerque native and Santa Fe resident, received a grant from the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute to fund his study.

  • NMHU professor will attend largest women’s conference in its field

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands computer science professor received a faculty scholarship to participate in the world’s largest gathering of women computer scientists.

    Jessica Johnsen competed with applicants from across the globe to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston from Sept. 26 to 28.

  • What would Dad do?

    Lots of us have heard the song “The Living Years,” by Mike & The Mechanics, at least a few times.

    Many of us knew our fathers’ expectations of us ­­— and have on our consciences, in one direction or another, how well we measured up to those expectations.

    This is far more important to some folks than others; it makes sense that those of us closest to our parents would not only know their expectations, but also make a regular practice of letting others know they plan to honor such legacies.

  • True and Truth for New Mexico

    There are two messages people outside of New Mexico hear about our state; a state I now consider my home and one I love: True and Truth.

    The New Mexico True tourism campaign does an exceptional job highlighting New Mexico’s culture and beauty.

    We are blessed to live in a place that is incredibly scenic and attractive to tourists and other visitors who happily spend time and money here then return home to tell their friends of their wonderful New Mexico Adventures.

  • A father’s wisdom passed on to a son

    Sunday is Father’s Day. You would not be here today without your father. There is just something about fathers and the wisdom they hold.

    Several months back my daughter’s boyfriend, Wes, was out visiting and we were talking about parents’ impact on children. He reached into his wallet and pulled out a slip of paper that he has carried with him for almost 10 years. It was a handwritten note from his father.

  • What I learned from my father

    When I walked into Joseph Baca’s office at KFUN, I was struck by a piece of furniture standing quietly in the corner. It was a squat blond console that I later learned housed a turntable.

    On the front was the original RCA logo. I told Joseph he’d be reading about his record player because my father was the inventor of it! Well, maybe that’s not exactly right, but Daddy was surely instrumental!

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 17, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

  • Shalom —Salam —Peace

    Watching the bloodshed in Gaza unfold recently, like Bob Pearson (Optic May 27, 2018), I was appalled, especially as a member of the local Jewish community.

    Although I am not writing on behalf of the Las Vegas Jewish community, we had all shared the same sense of horror, despite how often we have seen violent conflict between Israel and the West Bank.  

  • Making room for more

    Already the single largest sporting event in Las Vegas in terms of the number of participants, the Fiesta Run just made room for more.

    In addition to competitive 10-kilometer and 5K runs and a 5K walk for all ages as well as a 1-mile children’s run, this year’s Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run (Sunday, July 1) is adding a 1-mile recreational walk for those 13 and older.