Today's News

  • Palace of Governors designated as national treasure

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Palace of the Governors is already billed as the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.

    Now, the historic structure — with its worn planked flooring and thick adobe walls — has been named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in an effort to raise awareness and money for much-needed repairs.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 30, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Senator proposes no clock change
    SANTA FE — One New Mexico legislator is tired of springing forward and falling back every year.
    Sen. Cliff Pirtle introduced a bill Wednesday that would keep New Mexico on daylight saving time year-round.
    The Republican farmer from Roswell says changing the clock twice a year is an unnecessary inconvenience and no longer makes sense.
    He says farmers and ranchers like daylight savings time and work from sunrise to sundown no matter what the clock says.

  • 2,600 fugitives nabbed

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Around 2,600 ex-convicts accused of violating their parole or probation in New Mexico were captured last year thanks to an aggressive new team tapped with finding fugitives, state officials said.

    The Department of Corrections said last week that the 2,615 absconders caught in 2014 may be the largest number apprehended in a single year.

    However, state officials say around 1,700 absconders in New Mexico still are the run.

  • Lab lapses in keeping secrets

    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS— A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee misclassified information that should have been kept secret but instead was made public, federal investigators said.

    A review by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General found that an official at the nuclear weapons lab didn’t adequately protect classified information in six instances, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday.

  • Annual Literacy Fair Saturday at Rec. Center

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting its seventh annual Literacy Fair from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. The theme for this year’s event is based on the four seasons: “At Every Season There is Every Reason to Read, Read, Read!”  

    To encourage writing, youngsters are invited to submit a short essay and/or drawing about their favorite season. These will be displayed at the fair.

  • Noticias - Jan. 30, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 30, 2015

    • Education Trust Board Pathways Scholarship for GEAR UP NM Students. The scholarship is for college freshmen. Applications are due Friday (today). The online application is available on the New Mexico Higher Education Department website. http://www.hed.state.nm.us/programs/etb-pathways-scholarshp-.aspx


  • Exploring fish insides
  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 30, 2015

    3:30 p.m. —  Mora High School Rangerettes and Rangers basketball vs. Peñasco, junior varsity and varsity, away
    4 p.m. —  Mora Middle School Rangers basketball vs. Questa, away
    1 p.m. to 6 p.m. —  United Blood Services Blood Drive

    10 a.m. —  Mora Middle School Rangers basketball vs. Santa Rosa, away

    5 p.m. —  Mora Middle School Rangers basketball vs. Peñasco, away


  • Palabras Pintorescas: Do kids learn alphabet by using tablet, screen?

    Time does fly when I’m having fun, and this winter has been no different. I am so inhibited to my faithful readers, and to my editors who catch my writing/spelling mistakes.

    A very special Christmas card came from a long time friend here.

    This greeting will be paid forward, for sure. And I just learned from Ron and Elaine Querry that Las Vegas will have a Cowboys’ Reunion Centennial Celebration July 31 to Aug. 9 this year. What welcome news to all of us rodeo fans, and you will read more about this soon.