Today's News

  • College Bound

    Eager to get on with his life, Miguel Martinez was on the verge of dropping out of Robertson High School.

    When Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper heard about the 17-year-old’s plans, he interceded, offering the high school junior a better alternative.

    Contrary to what one might think, Miguel was actually a good student with a respectable grade point average who was on track to earn his diploma in a year. But Miguel wanted to leave his high school years behind and start his life.

  • BREAKING: Robert Witters appointed to West board

    Editor's note: After our story on Roberta Vigil applying to be on the West Board went to press, the state Public Education Department selected Robert Witters for the position.

    Witters, in his resume, states that he has 42 years of experience in engineering, marketing, finance, accounting, procurement, operations and senior management with a blend of government and private sector experience in profit and non-profit organizations. He states that he and his wife moved to Las Vegas after he retired in 2010.

  • Lawmaker eyes ‘right to die’ bill amid court loss

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A New Mexico lawmaker is pushing for a law to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with help from doctors a month after advocates for the practice suffered a court defeat.

    Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, discussed his proposal earlier this month before a Legislative committee in Albuquerque and could launch the beginning of a heated debate going into the next legislative session.

    Five other states allow residents to end their lives legally with medication prescribed by a doctor.

  • Clinton to nation: It’s a ‘moment of reckoning’

    By Lisa Lerer
    The Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton capped a four-day convention celebration with a plea for national unity and tolerance. Now, one of the most divisive and distrusted figures in American politics must convince voters that she, rather than Republican rival Donald Trump, can bring deeply divided nation together.

  • HU’s new recruitment director has wealth of experience

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    There was never a doubt in Jessica Jaramillo’s mind about the importance of an education. Her mother was a New Mexico Highlands graduate and enjoyed a 30-year teaching career. Her favorite aunt is a pharmacist.

    “My mother always stressed education, and I really looked up to my aunt,” Jaramillo said. “I wanted to have a great career and have great opportunities.”

  • We must change our world

    In my last column, I wrote about trying to make a positive difference in our increasingly frustrating and frightening world with my little project to smile as I pass people on the street or meet them in elevators. So far 62 people have responded with a smile or just that look that says, “I see you.”

  • Local santero featured in ‘Shrines and Wonders’

    Submitted to the Optic

    If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then a new book is giving residents and tourists a glimpse into the soul of Las Vegas and its Hispanic heritage.

    Titled “Shrines and Wonders: The Pilgrim’s Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico,” the book features the Plaza Park bulto of Our Lady of Sorrows in Las Vegas and its creator Margarito R. Mondragón, a local santero.

    Mondragón carved the bulto in 2012 from a dying Chinese elm as a gift to the community.

  • Collaboration helps kids gain confidence

    By Carl-Martin Nelson

    MONTEZUMA — Ten-year-old Cadey Estrada looks up at the rock climbing wall in the Lansing Fieldhouse on the United World College-USA earlier this month.

    “I’m here to have fun!” she declares, apparently not intimidated by the challenge ahead of her.

    UWC-USA, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas Recreation Department, is sponsoring a rock climbing class as part of the city’s day camp program.

  • In Brief - News - July 31, 2016

    Optic Staff and Wire Reports

    Santa Fe National Forest lifts restrictions

    The Santa Fe National Forest has lifted campfire and smoking restrictions due to widespread rain across the forest and decreasing fire danger.

    The forest implemented Stage I fire restrictions on July 15 based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal

    Temperatures. Those restrictions were official lifted on Thursday.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 31, 2016