Today's News

  • Weather - Jan. 20, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

  • Luna raises tabled

    Despite expressing support for the administration’s latest proposal to implement a cost of living increase for all employees and to give its lowest paid employees an even bigger boost in pay, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees voted Wednesday night to table the matter.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 20, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 9 and Jan. 16:

  • Appeals aim to overturn redistricting map

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republicans tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to derail a legislative appeal of a court-ordered plan for drawing new district boundaries for the state House of Representatives.

    The outcome of the redistricting fight could influence policy decisions in New Mexico for the rest of the decade by determining whether Democrats or Republicans gain an advantage in future elections that determine the makeup of the 70-member House.

  • House Speaker has cancer

    By Barry Massey and
    Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — House Speaker Ben Lujan has lung cancer and will not seek re-election this year, the 76-year-old announced Tuesday in a dramatic opening of a 30-day legislative session.

    The Santa Fe Democrat, who has been speaker since 2001, made his announcement as shocked lawmakers wept and his wife, Carmen, son Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and other family members looked on.

  • H.U. prof’s composition to be featured in orchestra

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University music professor Edward Harrington’s composition “Four Threads on William Blake” will be featured in the Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s program “New Works by New Mexico’s Composers” starting at 6 p.m. today, Jan. 20.

    The free public presentation will be in Stieren Hall at the Santa Fe Opera campus, 301 Opera Drive.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 20, 2012

    • Selected art works by Antonio Madera will be exhibited in the Ray Drew Gallery until Feb. 17. An artist’s reception will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22 in the gallery located on the first floor of the NMHU Donnelly Library. For more information, contact Bob Read at 454-3338.


  • Noticias - Jan. 20, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • Gov. Perry drops out of race

    By Beth Fouhy
    and David Espo
    The Associated Press

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Newt Gingrich, adding a fresh layer of unpredictability to the campaign two days before the South Carolina primary.

    “Newt’s not perfect, but who among us is?” Perry said. He called the former House speaker a “conservative visionary” best suited to replace Barack Obama in the White House.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 20, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    More N.M. kids falling into poverty

    SANTA FE  — More New Mexico children have fallen into poverty as a result of the recession. That’s according to the newest report from New Mexico Voices for Children.