Today's News

  • Weather - Nov. 17, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 33. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 10. Southeast wind around 5 mph, becoming north in the evening.

    Sunny, with a high near 44. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:38 a.m. to 4:53 p.m.

  • A look at NM’s online insurance exchange

    The Associated Press

    New Mexicans looking for health insurance can enroll online through a government website serving as the state’s online marketplace for medical plans.

    Nearly 35,000 New Mexicans signed up for insurance plans offered by private insurers through the state’s health insurance exchange in the first enrollment period, which ended earlier this year.

    J. R. Damron, chairman of the exchange’s governing board, said he hopes the state will be able to enroll between 40,000 and 45,000 individuals in the next three months.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Nov. 17, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • State studies economic impact of hunting, fishing

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says the state’s hunters and anglers spend more than $613 million on their recreational activities.

    The department says they also contribute another $51 million to the state’s economy in labor, income and taxes.

    The dollar figures are highlighted in a study commissioned by the department to determine the amount of participation and subsequent economic impacts hunters and anglers have on the state and on individual counties.

  • Illusion show
  • Que Pasa - Nov. 17, 2014

    • A hearing is scheduled for the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Landfill solid waste permit renewal and modification. The hearing will be held at  6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17 at the Wagon Mound Public Schools auditorium. Public comments will be taken starting at 6 p.m. A permit modification is requested for acceptance of five special wastes, vertical expansion of the landfill, and other operational changes. For more information contact the NMED Solid Waste Bureau at 505-827-0197.

  • Noticias - Nov. 17, 2014

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

  • A job well done

    San Miguel County reached a milestone last week with the adoption of one of the strictest oil and gas drilling regulatory ordinances in the nation.

    It goes without saying that the ordinance isn’t making everyone happy. Those who are pro-drilling argue that it creates so many barriers to oil and gas exploration that it’s going to keep the industry out of San Miguel County. Many local environmental activists have argued that approving anything short of a ban puts the county at risk.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 17, 2014
  • Dispatch New Mexico - With elections over, it’s time to govern

    Now that all the noise of the election is over, can we turn our attention back to governing?

    We’ll soon see how Susana Martinez intends to run things in her second term. She certainly has a different dynamic going for her legislatively, now that the House is under the control of her very own Republican Party. But since the Democrats still have the Senate, getting actual legislation passed and onto the governor’s desk for signing will continue to be a formidable challenge.