Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 3, 2011

    Homecoming Week at Highlands University

    This week’s homecoming festivities for Highlands University begin with the painting of the “H” at 11 a.m. today (the public is invited) and concludes with the homecoming game against Adams State at 6 p.m. Saturday in Perkins Stadium. For more information about this week’s homecoming schedule, pick up a copy of “Homecoming 201l,” inserted into Friday’s Optic, or visit www.nmhu.edu.

  • Weather - Oct. 3, 2011

    Sun and clouds mixed with a slight chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon. High of 73 degrees. Southwest wind at 10-20 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Low of 45 degrees at night.

    Isolated thunderstorms possible with a high around 71 degrees. South wind at 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Low around 44 degrees.


  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas’ neighbor to the east, Tucumcari, now needs a new city manager. City commissioners fired city manager Bobbye Rose on Thursday by a 3-2 vote, city officials told the Clovis News Journal. Mayor Jim Witcher did not give a reason for the dismissal, but said it had “absolutely nothing” to do with Rose applying for Lincoln County manager.

  • Planning meeting next week for recycling program

    Submitted to the Optic

    San Miguel County has received $103,650 in funding by a Department of Energy grant received by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (“stimulus funds”) being spent to support recycling through the hub and spoke model – a solid waste management system with a centralized processing facility (hub) providing services to smaller surrounding communities (spokes).

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 3, 2011


    • “Sixteen Years, A Selection” art exhibition by G.J. Marranca, will be on display from Oct. 3 to Oct. 31 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ray Drew Gallery - located on the first floor of Donnelly Library. An artist reception will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the gallery. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.

  • Noticias - Oct. 3, 2011

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

  • The PRC appointment

    Jerome Block Jr. finally did the right thing, even if it did take considerable pressure from the attorney general’s office to motivate him in that direction. The Public Regulation Commission member agreed to resign his position last week as part of a plea agreement for many of his irresponsible and illegal actions as a “public servant.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 3, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Branding, marketing and ideas

    A report by Mercy López on today’s front page gives you an overview of the “branding and marketing” meeting that took place last week in Las Vegas. I was one among about two dozen people to attend — and I came away with some thoughts of my own.

    One is that a community’s reputation is tightly wrapped up in its own self-identity.

  • HU runners tops in Oklahoma

    Ismael Samano and Justin Lueras placed in the top 10, kicking the New Mexico Highlands University men’s cross country team to a championship in the college division of Saturday’s Oklahoma State University Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.

    The Cowboys had 54 team points, well ahead of runner-up Southwestern (Kan.) and Missouri S&T, which had 121 and 127 points, respectively.

    Meanwhile, the NMHU women finished 13th in a crowded 32-team race.