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Today's News

  • Fake sign sparks buzz

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES  — A construction site in southern New Mexico, which sparked buzz with a fake sign announcing it as a future home of a Cheesecake Factory, is really a future emergency center.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports officials say pranksters put up the bogus sign in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on a gate as joke.

  • Weather - June 4, 2017

    Sunday

    HIGH 80° / LOW 50°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    5:46 a.m. to 8:13 p.m.

    Monday

    HIGH 83° / LOW 50°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
    Monday night — a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — June 4, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Menu for June 5 to June 9.

    MONDAY
    Breakfast: Egg and cheese burrito
    Lunch: Salisbury steak, au gratin potatoes, buttered peas, biscuit  
    and fruit cobbler

    TUESDAY
    Breakfast: Peanut butter and jelly on toast, and cereal
    Lunch: Green chile chicken enchiladas, pinto beans, calabacitas, crackers and fruit cocktail

    WEDNESDAY
    Breakfast: Scrambled egg, sausage, and toast

  • Gallegos named NMHU Professor of the Year

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University named computer science and engineering professor Gil Gallegos Professor of the Year for 2016–17.

    Each spring an independent selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff reviews the nominations for Professor of the Year and selects a winner.

    A coalition of Highlands students and also faculty nominated Gallegos for the award.

  • Noticias - June 4, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…
    mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
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    • First Born program provides services to families in San Miguel and Mora counties. It is a free and confidential home visiting program. To learn more about the program, or to schedule an informational visit, call 454-1343.

    • Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is taking applications for volunteers. Call 454-0223 or visit the office.

  • Que Pasa - June 4, 2017

    6.9.2017
    FRIDAY

    All day
    Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Firecracker Pageant on Saturday, June 24. The competition is open to boys six months to five years and girls six months to 12 years. The contestants will compete in personality in patriotic wear, beauty in formal wear, and photogenic. Entry forms may be picked up at the Carnegie Library or the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Entry deadline is Friday, June 9. For more information contact Philip Ortiz at 718-6848.

  • GOP should put America first

    The following editorial was published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 29:

    John Sirica was a Republican appointed to the bench by fellow Republican Dwight Eisenhower. Howard Baker was a Republican senator from Tennessee and the ranking Republican on the special Senate committee investigating the 1972 break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office building.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 4, 2017
  • Just a Thought: Lessons from ‘Hamilton’

    By Rick Kraft

    What can we learn from the hottest Broadway production in years? Plenty.

    If you like thought-provoking theater, US history, or catchy contemporary music, when the “Hamilton” production comes close to you, go see it. Inspired after reading a biography on Alexander Hamilton, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda spent several years and did a brilliant job of writing the theater production of Hamilton’s life.

    There are several themes in Miranda’s production that warrant mentioning and discussing.

  • Babbling Brooks - Lessons learned by the military must be taught

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    As I watched some of our military veterans move toward the barrels used in last week’s VFW Post 1457 Memorial Day flag-burning ceremony, I noticed that several young children were among the 50 people in attendance. I wondered what they’d been taught about the American military, its history, war and casualties and the walking wounded.