Today's News

  • An uplifting experience

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University will host the State Street Ballet’s performance of Cinderella at 7:30 p.m. April 13, with a children’s matinee at 2 p.m. April 14.

  • City Council: Lodgers tax raised to 5 percent

    Hotels, restaurants and other businesses that rely heavily on income from tourism are always looking for ways to pay for new infrastructure.

    Thanks in part to a resolution approved this week by the Las Vegas City Council, businesses will have access to a few more dollars in the years ahead to pay for such upgrades and improvements. At Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting, the council approved an increase in the municipal lodgers tax from 4 percent to 5 percent.

  • Signing the agreement

    Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón signed a contract late last month for the city’s purchase of 800 acre-feet of water storage from the Storrie Project Water Users Association.

    She was joined by Utilities Director Maria Gilvarry and Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallegos.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, March 25, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 16 and March 21, 2018:
    Gary Esquibel, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Adult Probation.
    Edward M. Cruz, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Tonya J. Sedillo, Abandonment Or Abuse Of A Child, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Jeremy Gonzales, Aggravated Driving Under The Influence, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Stephen R. Montaño, Felony Warrant, San Miguel District Court.

  • The best kind of visit from the local fire department

    Samaritan House, a Las Vegas shelter, recently received a donation from the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department of non-perishable foods and clothing.

    The donation resulted from the fire department’s donation drive, which began on Feb. 5 and ended on Feb. 16, Tanya Lucero said.

    Lucero, whose husband and son volunteer with the department, said information about the drive was distributed on Facebook and through fliers.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, March 25, 2018

    Thursday-Friday, March 29-30
    Joint Holy Week services will be held at First United Methodist, First United Presbyterian, and St. Paul’s Peace Churches. Maundy Thursday service with optional foot washing, followed by an Agape meal eaten in solemn silence, will be held at St. Paul’s Peace at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. A noon Good Friday service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Friday, March 30. A Service of Shadows will be held at First United Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

  • Nursing scholarships

    Three women were recently announced as the Alta Vista Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship recipients.

    They will receive financial support for the remaining three semesters of nursing school.

    Alta Vista Ladies Auxiliary representative Delicia Pacheco recently met with recipients Ashton Borunda, Lori Clifton and Vanetia Gonzales.

  • Let’s not have fully-automatic nominees

    Since there’s been so much talk about fully automatic and semi-automatic weapons lately, we should spend some time discussing one of the most deadly weapons of all — in terms of killing strong candidates and bold new ideas.
    If we learned nothing else from the 2016 elections, it’s that presumptive nominees and presumptive race winners are a poisonous concept — from the U.S. presidency to local water and school boards.

  • ‘Duck and cover;’ and ‘Run, hide and fight’

    Some readers may remember a film released by the Civil Defense in 1951. When a monkey lobs a lighted dynamite stick his way, Bert the Turtle knows to “Duck and Cover.”

    The rest of the film shows school children hiding under desks and cafeteria tables in case a light brighter than you’ve ever seen before appears.

    If adults aren’t around, we see older boys showing how to duck in a corridor. So where are the older girls?

  • Handling the seasons of your life

    By Rick Kraft

    Today, you are in a season of your life. Previous seasons are in the rearview mirror and new seasons are ahead of you out your front window. The past seasons are fixed in time, future seasons are an unknown.

    I grew up enjoying music by Fleetwood Mac and enjoyed seeing them perform in person a couple of years ago.

    They have a song entitled “Landslide” that asks the important question each of us must ask, “Can I handle the seasons of my life?”