Today's News

  • NM retiree authority mulls health benefit changes

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority is considering setting a minimum retirement age before health care subsidies become available, joining the state’s two pension funds in broaching the subject as a way to cut costs.

    The authority now subsidizes monthly insurance premiums for those who retire from state and local government and public school systems. It provides benefits for about 50,000 retirees, their spouses and dependents.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Suspected sex offender arrested  
    SANTA TERESA, N.M.  — A suspected child-sex offender has been apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents in New Mexico.

    Authorities say 28-year-old Erick Daniel Garcia-Garcia will be extradited to Colorado to face charges in that state.

    Border Patrol officials say Garcia-Garcia was taken into custody early Sunday while agents assigned to the Santa Teresa Station were working in the Sunland Park area.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 21, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 21, 2011

    Story time at Carnegie

    Story time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, Dec. 21 in the library’s children’s area. Today’s books are “Rudolph Shines Again” by Robert L. May and “All I Want for Christmas/ Lo unico que quiero para Navidad” by Rebecca Gomez.

  • Weather - Dec. 21, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. West wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 19. West wind 5-15 mph.

    A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. North wind 5-15 mph. A 40 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 5.

  • Suggestions for reducing trash this holiday season

    Americans generated 250 million tons of trash in 2010 (US EPA), which translates to 4.43 pounds per person per day.  If we isolate the holiday season, this daily average would be much higher, considering that Americans generate an additional five million tons of waste from Thanksgiving to New Years. Of that, four million tons come from shopping bags and wrapping paper.

    Start off your holiday season on a green foot by making a few small changes.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 21, 2011

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s books are “Rudolph Shines Again” by Robert L. May and “All I Want for Christmas / Lo unico que quiero para Navidad” by Rebecca Gomez. The theme for the month is “It’s Christmas Time in Las Vegas.” All programs are free and open to the public.


  • Noticias - Dec. 21, 2011

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

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

  • Mora hoops teams keep rolling

    Setting the tempo early with strong defense that translated into early leads, the Mora Rangerettes handled Santa Rosa and Clayton over the weekend to beef their record up to 8-0.

    Mora defeated Santa Rosa 56-43 on Friday after leading 37-19 at halftime.

    Then on Saturday, the Rangerettes topped Clayton on the road, 52-40, part of a doubleheader sweep that also saw the Mora boys prevail on enemy hardwood.

  • Wrestlers travel east, reap success

    Their trip east beat the storm. It also resulted in some solid performances.
    Robertson wrestlers competed in the Amarillo (Texas) Duals while West Las Vegas grapplers entered the Tucumcari Rattler Open this past Saturday.

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    Coach Richard Martinez’s Cardinals secured fifth place in the Amarillo Duals, finishing with a 55-24 win over Palo Duro (Texas).

    Hometown school Amarillo Tascosa captured the event title by beating fellow Texas squad Dumas 45-27. Tascosa had beaten Robertson earlier in a head-to-head matchup.