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Today's News

  • Tell Pearce, Udall we need the Chief

    In 1899, the Hotel Castañeda needed a railroad nearby in order to get started. In 2019, the hotel will need a railroad in order to get started again.

    It’s no secret that northeastern New Mexico’s economy is struggling. Many businesses throughout the region are fighting for their lives as area cities and villages shrink in population.

    It’s a trend playing out in rural areas across the nation as more people flock to big cities in search of jobs.

  • How to handle the drama in your life

    “I don’t need all of your drama!” Why would a person say this? Is there someone you think of when you read this line? Would you like more or less drama in your life tomorrow?

    Do you know a drama queen? Have you ever stopped and ask the question,

    “Why is there so much drama in his or her life?” There are people out there who just attract drama. They are drama magnets. Drama just follows them around. Their life is a roller coaster ride with highs followed by lows. Their existence is off balance and unstable.

  • Reading for justice in Palestine

    It is easy to be swayed by individual views on the very complex Palestine-Israeli conflict, my thoughts as I read the commentaries appearing in the Optic on the recent violence directed toward Palestinians by the Israeli military during Gaza’s Great March of Return.

    Palestinians want to return to their ancestral homes in Palestine from which they or family members were evicted by Israel.

  • State needs to stand up for Anton Chico

    The following editorial was recently published in the Guadalupe County Communicator.

    A recent petition opposing the transfer of water rights to a wealthy oilman who bought a ranch upstream from Anton Chico should get the governor’s attention, if she isn’t in someone’s hip pocket already.

    Gov. Susana Martinez has been a friend to the oil and gas industry since before she was elected in 2010 — and no wonder.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, July 8, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, July 8, 2018.

  • Rotary golf event July 21

    The Rotary Club of Las Vegas is sponsoring the Charlie Goddard Classic golf tournament Saturday, July 21, at Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    Players and hole sponsors are being sought. Proceeds fund projects, programs and scholarships.

    Call Sharon, 426-0108, or get applications from Rotary members.

  • Little Leaguers head to state

    A total of seven local teams are gearing up for state championship competition that unfolds over the next several weeks at various venues across New Mexico.

    Four will get going this weekend.

    La Plaza’s Seniors baseball team will begin state tournament play Friday in Los Lunas, with the tourney playing out through Sunday. La Plaza swept Las Vegas in a best-of-three series for the District 4 title.

  • Kurui hurt in 10K

    For most of the nearly 300 entrants in this past Sunday’s 2018 Fiesta Memorial Run, the event was a triumph, even if the victories were of the moral variety — conquering the race courses and contributing to their own health and fitness, if nothing else.

    But for probably the best distance runner in the fray, Sunday brought a tough break.

  • Chihuahuas caged in finale

    The weather was hot.

    The Isotopes were hotter.

    Albuquerque did not trail Tuesday night in its series finale at El Paso, riding a 6-0 lead to an 11-5 victory over the division-leading Chihuahuas (45-40).

    The Isotopes evened their record at 42-42 and salvaged a second win in the teams’ important five-game series. An announced crowd of 9,972 fans braved Southwest University Park for a game that started with the temperature reading 100 degrees under partly cloudy skies in El Paso.

  • Go Fish: Friday, July 6

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week
    Charette Lakes: Anaise Lucero, age 7, of Las Vegas, New Mexico, caught a 38-inch carp. She was using orange PowerBait.