Today's News

  • 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.

  • Nuestra Historia - Charles Ilfeld built business empire

    The most well known of the early Jewish settlers of Las Vegas was Charles Ilfeld, who came here in 1867, when he was only 20. He had arrived in Santa Fe two years earlier, emigrating from Homburg vor der Hohe, a town in Germany near Frankfurt, then part of the Prussian Empire. According to Ilfeld family history, Charles arrived in Santa Fe with only $5 in his pocket.      

  • Orgullo del Norte - Connecting our herencia with our heroes

    “Spontaneous combustion of grassroots politics is the future.”
    — Dick Morris

    Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821. Now that Mexico had control of the church, it began to call back all missionaries from El Norte. This move left just a handful of priests to hold mass throughout the many villages. Most rural villages went up to a year without seeing a priest from the Catholic church.