Today's News

  • Noticias - July 15, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

  • Que Pasa - July 15, 2015


  • Investing in our future

    Emerging research suggests that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years of life. That research reinforces the importance of home visits to at-risk families and early-childhood programs, particularly in states like New Mexico that have long struggled with getting students to succeed in the classroom.

    That’s why last week’s announcement that the West Las Vegas Head Start program had been awarded an $8.2 million grant to expand its existing program is so important to our community.

  • Editorial cartoon - July 15, 2015
  • Work of Art: Repeating the same errors

    Don’t be surprised to discover that I’ve used this statement in several past columns: It’s a miracle that anyone learns English. I’m instantly reminded of the song Professor Henry Higgins blurts out early in the movie and play, “My Fair Lady.”

    The professor, a dialectician and grammarian, sings “Why Can’t the English Teach Their Children How to Speak?” as he laments Eliza Doolittle’s use of “aawww” and “gawwn,” a form of Cockney-speak people of that time and place had grown accustomed to.

  • State champs! La Plaza Juniors softball earns trip to regional; more state tourneys this weekend

    Battling back after being dealt their first loss of the tournament, La Plaza’s Juniors softball team emerged with a thrilling 17-16 victory over Deming and claimed the New Mexico state championship Sunday afternoon on Albuquerque’s west side.

    Santianna Medrano made a spectacular diving catch in right field for the final out, stranding what would’ve been the tying and winning runs for Deming.

  • City targeting unsightly properties

    The city’s code enforcement unit is targeting three properties that it contends are in violation of city ordinances, and it is asking the City Council to declare them nuisances, a move that would clear the way for city staff to clean up the properties and bill the owners.

  • Good not-so-clean fun
  • Tax & Rev chief under investigation

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The head of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department was identified Friday as the subject of an investigation into potential criminal activity.

    State Auditor Tim Keller had forwarded allegations of wrongdoing by top department officials to state prosecutors Thursday, but he didn’t identify anyone.

  • AG to partner with water researchers

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — State Attorney General Hector Balderas doesn’t want New Mexico communities to be pitted against one another as water resources dwindle and an interstate legal challenge over the Rio Grande looms.

    Balderas announced Thursday during a visit to Las Cruces that his office is partnering with the Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University.

    The goal is to find more innovative ways to use water and to plan for future demand.