Today's News

  • Gurule awarded $15,000 scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas’ Franscheka Sevyllyn Gurule, University of New Mexico School of Medicine Class of 2014, has been awarded a $15,000 La Tierra Sagrada Society Dean’s Endowed Scholarship for her work in promoting education and activism in minority students. She is a 2005 graduate of West Las Vegas High School.

  • Mora County Notebook: Youth entertain the seniors of Mora County

    The seniors were happily surprised to have a group of young people come to the center on Friday and give them a free dance. The music was furnished by the Jovenes de Amistad.

    The group is made up of 13-year-old Ferdinand (JR) Valencia, his 11-year- old brother Julius A. Valencia They are the sons of Ferdinand and Alfreda Valencia.

    Another member of the band is a friend 13- year-old Emmerick Martinez — the son of Rachel Roybal -Martinez and Eugenio (Geno) Martinez and the grandson of Mary Lou Roybal and Orlando Roybal and Eugenio and Gloria Martinez.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Lunch Menu - Oct. 28, 2011

    Community Calendar

    9 a.m. — Mora cross-country district meet, location to be announced
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball at Peñasco, junior varsity and varsity
    9 a.m. — Mora cross-country district meet, location to be announced
    7 p.m. — Ranger football vs. Española, home (NMHU), varsity

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Honoring our late friends and neighbors

    The calendar says Fall in big letters, and this translates into Halloween and, in Mexico, The Day of the Dead — La Dia del Muerto. I have been in Mexico two different years for this very important event, and I enjoyed every visit to the events and the very elaborate altars honoring the dead.

  • City police now at full force

    The Las Vegas Police Department has hired six new officers, marking the first time in several years that the department will be fully staffed.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said the city’s prioritization of public safety is significant.

    “It’s very exciting in terms of getting fresh minds in to mold and taking the department to the next level,” he said.

  • Toga Day
  • Conservation key to solving water woes

    Editor’s note:  Today, the Optic continues its series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    Increasing the storage capacity of city reservoirs. Tapping into additional water sources. Acquiring more water rights.

    All of that is on the city’s to-do list as it tries to address the water problems that have plagued Las Vegas for decades. But another part of the equation for solving the city’s water woes involves conservation, city consultants concede.

  • Two city recycling sites chosen

    The city of Las Vegas has chosen two sites to serve as collection points for recyclables within city limits.

    Lucas Marquez, the city’s interim solid waste director, said the first sight will be on city-owned property at 2513 Hot Springs Blvd., at the corner of Hot Springs and Mills Avenue. The second site will be located in one of the rarely used parking lots at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center at 1751 North Grand Ave.

    Marquez said the sites will be fenced, and recycling containers will be set up there for recyclables.

  • 5 finalists in running for PRC post

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three Democrats, a Republican and an independent were named Monday as finalists for an appointment by the governor to New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency.

    GOP Gov. Susana Martinez announced the contenders for the $90,000-a-year position on the Public Regulation Commission, which is made up of five elected members.

    Nearly 90 people submitted resumes in applying for the vacancy, which was created by the resignation of Jerome Block Jr. earlier this month.

  • Is ‘toilet to tap’ program for Las Vegas?

    Drought and problems with its watershed forced the village of Cloudcroft to consider an alternative many people cringe at in order to augment its water supply.

    Often referred to as a “toilet to tap” program, the alternative involves filtering wastewater to potable standards, mixing it with water the village gets from wells and springs, and piping it back to residents for use. It’s an option that communities in California and Texas are turning to as they face dwindling water supplies.