Today's News

  • FYI

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • FYI - News

    The Santa Fe National Forest is implementing fire restrictions, according to The Associated Press. The restrictions will not apply to the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, Dome Wilderness, Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness. Campfires will be limited to designated camp and picnic grounds with grills and fire rings. Smoking will be permitted only in vehicles or buildings or in developed recreation sites. Federally managed lands in the adjacent Manzano and Gallinas mountains are closed due to fire danger.

  • Restaurants pledge support

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Landmark Grill, the El Fidel Restaurant, Mary Ann’s Famous Burrito Kitchen and the Travelers Cafe have applied and been accepted into the Farm to Restaurant project, a local program which networks area farmers  and ranchers with Las Vegas restaurants.

  • Que Pasa - May 20, 2011


    • Graffiti Cleanup, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 under the Riverwalk
    (Behind 12th Street / off Bridge Street). The Keep Las Vegas Beautiful group is seeking volunteers for this cleanup. For more information, call Anita at 426-3216.

  • Noticias - May 20, 2011

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

    • Luna Community College is offering enhanced college credit summer programs for high school students and 2011 graduating seniors. The programs will provide free tuition for up to eight credit hours, books and fees. Applications are available at the high school counseling offices and at the LCC Concurrent/Dual Credit office located in the technology building, room 114. For more information, call 454-5377 or 1-800-588-7232 ext. 175. Registration is on-going through June 10.

  • Groups call for trapping ban

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Conservation groups want wildlife officials to ban all recreational and commercial trapping on public lands in New Mexico.

    The request was made this week despite a recent recommendation that game commissioners reconsider a temporary trapping ban in place in southwestern New Mexico where Mexican gray wolves have been reintroduced. The suggestion came from a small business task force appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Station gets $6.7M award

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Department of Transportation has awarded $6.7 million for construction of a new commuter rail station on Montaño Road.

    Located in the heart of Albuquerque, the Montaño Intermodal Center will link ABQ Ride buses and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.

    The four-acre center will be located on Montaño Road, a major connector that crosses the Rio Grande and one of only a few streets that spans the entire city from east to west.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! TRAGEDY STRIKES. Two Las Vegas city employees were killed Wednesday when a deep trench they were working  in collapsed. After the ditch collapsed on them, a frantic effort ensued to get them out, but Frank Romero and Gene Hern died at the scene. And to add to the tragedy, fears that the ditch remained unstable kept crews from pulling out the bodies until hours after the accident.  

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 20, 2011
  • Another Perspective: Living on the edge

    By Andrew Feldman

    For the Optic

    Our water problem can basically be broken into two parts — water infrastructure (expensive) and actual water supply (scarce). The infrastructure will take a great deal of money to fix. The supply is more uncertain and no amount of money can make it rain or snow. If we fix the infrastructure and do some other innovative things we can hedge our bet against drought.

    In the past when the water situation became dire, previous city administrations would talk, but then it would rain and nothing would get done.