Today's News

  • Camp of Champs tennis starts Monday

    The aptly named Camp of Champs, which runs Monday through Thursday, aims to share some of the fundamentals that built Robertson tennis dynasty.

    The clinic, which is open to age 5 and older, will be held daily from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the RHS tennis courts on Fifth Street.

    An entry fee of $40 a player should be made payable via check to “RHS Tennis Team.” Registration will be held at 5 p.m. Monday prior to the first session.

    For more information, call Juan Carlos Fulgenzi, 505-429-7235.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, June 17-20

    SUNDAY (June 17)

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Nashville Sounds, 6:05 p.m.,
    Isotopes Park, Albuquerque


    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Nashville Sounds, 6:35 p.m.,
    Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Little League games, Keyes Park and Rodriguez Park

  • Classics on display

    Carmelita Sanchez photos/For the Optic

    A car-club rally that came through both Mora and Las Vegas last weekend is part of the Trans-America Challenge 2018, traveling from Charleston, S.C. to Seattle.

    A 1936 Ford and a 1957 Chevy were among the cars seen in Mora.

  • WLVHS, Highlands grad headed for UNM Biomedical Sciences doctoral program

    Rebecca Sena aims to delve into the mysteries of the brain and neuropharmacology during her doctoral studies in biomedical sciences at the University of New Mexico.

    “I have always had a fascination with the brain,” Sena said. “At Highlands, I became intrigued with the fundamental neurobiology of mental health disorders. My long-term goal is to perform research in neuropharmacology and gain insight into drugs that will treat psychiatric disorders.”

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, June 15, 2018

    Thursday, June 21
    Fort Union National Monument’s June “Glimpses of the Past:” series wil be presented by Harriet Frieberger and entitled “Visionary or Villain: A Night of Lucien Maxwell.” This program will be held at 7 p.m. at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St., Las Vegas. For information, visit nps.gov/foun or like the Fort Union page on Facebook.

    Friday, June 22

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, June 15, 2018


    Plenty of folks have documented the difficulties and dangers of fighting wildfires. This month, we’ve seen, not far away in Colfax County, and in other parts of New Mexico and in Colorado, the courage and organization needed to save homes and history.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 15, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 15, 2018.

  • Good dads and reciprocal blessings

    SANTA ROSA — Call me a fortunate son. I had a very good father.

    Despite his busy life, he was fully engaged in mine. He supported me when I was down and swelled with pride when I got up. He was a role model who stood on principles and faith, and he knew how to laugh at life while still caring about everybody who crossed his path.

  • Learn hoops from Vera Jo

    Local basketball players from second graders to seniors in high school will have the chance to learn from one of Las Vegas’ all-time greats when VJ’s Elite Basketball Camp comes to town.

    Vera Jo Bustos is bringing her camp to her hometown for a second straight year Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, at Robertson’s Mike Marr Gym.

    The camp is open to both boys and girls entering grades two through 12 this coming school year. The cost per camper is $50; sign up through vjselite.com.

  • Topes shut out by Memphis

    For the second straight game, the Albuquerque offense couldn’t find its way onto the scoreboard.

    The Isotopes lost 11-0 to Memphis on Wednesday night in the opening game of a seven-day homestand at Isotopes Park.

    Albuquerque dipped below .500 to 32-33, falling a half game behind El Paso and six and a half behind division-leading Salt Lake. Those teams won Wednesday, both by one-run margins.