Today's News

  • The return of Carnegie

    By Cindy Collins and Lee Einer
    Special to the Optic

    Carnegie Library is undergoing an exterior restoration, but more money is needed to finish the job.

    The 113-year-old library, built in 1904, is in need of both cosmetic and structural help.

    Community members have donated roughly $21,000 for the work, and the City of Las Vegas is contributing $1,189 for paint and other supplies.

  • Police union in duel with city

    Tensions between city of Las Vegas and the local police union are heating up. City officials are saying the police department is overstaffed, while officers maintain the department is understaffed.

  • Working for a healthier community

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    Osei Bissau felt helpless as he watched his friends and family struggle with heart disease. He felt powerless seeing relatives afflicted by cancer and diabetes.

    Now he’s fighting back.

    Bissau, a Highlands graduate student completing a human performance and sport degree with a concentration in wellness, is working to start a nonprofit to encourage healthy behaviors in underserved communities.

  • Trump administration renews border wall talk

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Money for the wall President Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico must be part of the massive spending bill Congress is preparing, the White House budget director says.

    Additional funding also must be included to hire more immigration agents, Mick Mulvaney told The Associated Press in an interview in which he laid out the top priorities of the president.

  • In Brief - News - April 23, 2017

    Staff and wire reports
    Legislature seeks legal help
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature has sued Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over her budget vetoes that would effectively eliminate the legislative branch by cutting off its funding amid an escalating clash over how to resolve the state’s financial crisis.

    The Democrat-led Legislature on Friday petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court to block vetoes that would defund the legislative branch and all state institutions of higher education in the coming fiscal year.

  • Weather - April 23, 2017


    HIGH 73° / LOW 43°
    Sunny, with a high near 73. South wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 43.
    6:18 a.m. to 7:41 p.m.


    HIGH 81° / LOW 46°
    Sunny, with a high near 81. Breezy. Monday night — mostly clear, with a low around 46. Windy.
    6:17 a.m. to 7:42 p.m.


  • Spring time fun
  • Prescription drug take-back day scheduled for April 29

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The San Miguel County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Highlands University are sponsoring a day for the community to come together on Wednesday to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

    The second Drug Take-Back/Family Fun Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highlands University’s Melody Park.

    Desiree Martínez, HU-CARES prevention coordinator at Highlands, is helping organize the event on behalf of the San Miguel County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — April 23, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Menu for April 24 to April 28.

    Breakfast: Scrambled egg, cheese, red chile, and potato
    Lunch: Beef tips over egg noodles, steamed cauliflower, garden salad with dressing, whole wheat roll, and fruit cocktail

    Breakfast: Sausage burrito, and salsa
    Lunch: Beef and cheese enchilada with red chile, pinto beans, Spanish rice, and lemon pudding

  • Que Pasa - April 23, 2017


    3 p.m.
    The Highlands University Madrigal Choir presents a concert, Music Here and Now in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave. Some of the musical selections include Ron Strauss’ Adon Olam, and Bob Chilcott’s compositions Jazz Song of Innocence and Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda. Ticket prices are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free along with other students with IDs.


    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.