Today's News

  • Weather - Feb. 5, 2017


    HIGH 61° / LOW 33°
    Sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Sunday night ­— mostly clear, with a low around 33.
    6:57 a.m. to 5:33 p.m.


    HIGH 57° / LOW 37°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy.
    Monday night —mostly clear, with a low around 37. Breezy.
    6:56 a.m. to 5:34 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Feb. 5, 2017

    Friday, Feb. 3, 1967 — The East Las Vegas Junior High basketball team will host today’s and Saturday’s East Las Vegas Junior Round Robin. The East Las Vegas players are Leroy Martinez, Pat Vigil, Marshall Sellman, Mickey Maes, Eddie Maestas, Oliver Ortiz, Don C de Baca, Don Guerin, John Johnson and Andy Jaramillo.

  • Julia Maestas appointed to sorority director position

    Submitted to the Optic

    Julia Maestas, a native of Las Vegas and daughter of Jose and Dalia Maestas, was appointed as the Director of Recruitment and Retention for the remainder of the 2015-17 term by the  Board of Directors of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 5, 2017


    Feb. 6 to April 17

  • Noticias - Feb. 5, 2017

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    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 for more information.

  • Vote on Tuesday

    Voter turnout for school board elections tends to be low, which is sad, considering that the decisions school boards make directly affect the children in our community.

    We urge registered voters to take the time to consider the candidates in their districts and other ballot measures carefully and that they show up and vote on Tuesday.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Registered voters who reside within the West Las Vegas School District will elect three board members.

  • Court funding

    It’s no secret that New Mexico’s court system is struggling. Just a few weeks ago, Chief Justice Charles Daniels told lawmakers that the courts are on life support and that the state’s budget crisis threatens to undercut constitutional guarantees to a speedy trial, funding for juries, access to court records and other basic services.

    Given those realities, we are baffled by Gov. Susana Martinez’ decision to veto $800,000 in emergency funding for the courts.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 3, 2017
  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 5, 2017
  • Just a Thought: The basic elements necessary for a hero

    By Rick Kraft

    What our nation needs is more heroes. What our community needs is more heroes. What our families need are more heroes.

    There is a shortage of heroes among us.  Now, more than ever in the history of mankind, we need heroes among us.

    Can you be a much needed hero? Are you worthy of being considered a hero?