Today's News

  • East staff upset with proposals

    Educators at Las Vegas City Schools are up in arms over what they’re calling “destructive cutbacks” that the district has proposed during negotiations with the union.

    The district is currently in negotiations with the National Education Association-LVCS chapter over the coming school year’s contract.

  • Senior profile - Julian and Joann Rains - Decades of Rains in the Meadow City

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    For more than three decades, Julian Rains and his wife, Joann, have immersed themselves in the world of Little League, devoting their time, energy and resources to hundreds of youngsters.

  • Burglary case sent to district court

    A 36-year-old Las Vegas man accused of stealing items from the motel where he was working had his case bound over to District Court last week.

    Mark Durant, who resides on the 1200 block of Grand Avenue, has been locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center since May 10.

    He is facing three counts of residential burglary and one count of larceny of more than $2,500, all third-degree felonies, one count of possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

  • Reunion parade grand marshals picked

    Submitted to the Optic

    Organizers of the Las Vegas Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration have selected G.M. “Dogie” Jones and Ricardo Alarid as the grand marshals for the non-motorized, hundred-horse parade that will kick off the 100th anniversary celebration on Aug. 1.

    Jones and Alarid will lead the Parade through the streets of Las Vegas along with a host of dignitaries made up of past-Reunion participants and officials.

  • Udall: Normal relations with Cuba ‘weeks away’

    By Ben Fox
    The Associated Press

    HAVANA — The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island Wednesday.

  • More moisture in New Mexico a boon for farmers, fish

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    It has been nearly five years since conditions in New Mexico have been this favorable, with extreme drought now gone and nearly one-third of the state drought-free.

    A combination of back-to-back spring showers, less wind and late-season snowfall have helped to ease drought conditions in most parts of the state, forecasters with the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

    The welcomed moisture has helped to fill streams and reservoirs, which is good news for farmers and fish.

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  • Editorial cartoon - May 29, 2015
  • Another perspective - How important is San Juan Generating Station to NM?

    By Carla Sonntag

    How important is affordable electricity, 811 jobs and annual royalties and taxes of over $40 million to New Mexico? Not a concern at all for radical environmental groups that would like to see the San Juan Generating Station completely shut down and for the power to be replaced with solar energy. Their plan is estimated to cost $1.5 billion.

  • Just a Thought - How to rob yourself of joy

    By Rick Kraft

    Be joyous. Be joyous today. Be joyous and contagiously spread your joy to others.

    It all starts on the inside. It then continues on the inside. At some point it can end on the inside or it can continue on to the outside. What is important here is that you control your inside. You determine who can control your inside regardless of what others do on your outside.

    Another way to put this is to recognize that life is what you make it. Your experience in walking this world is primarily governed by what happens between your two ears.