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Today's News

  • Highlands: Harsh budget reality

    “We’re on a holding pattern,” New Mexico Highlands Vice President for Finance Max Baca told the audience at Friday’s special meeting of the school’s board of regents. “It makes us all nervous. We’re all stuck in limbo.”

    The subject and source of the uncertainty: a shaky budget forecast for the 2017-18 fiscal year that — as of this week — contains no new state funding.

  • Samaritan could be homeless

    Samaritan House is known to help others in need with housing options, but now the nonprofit organization has found itself in its own housing crisis.

    George Lyon, Samaritan House’s executive director, said that on April 11 he received a letter from the city of Las Vegas notifying him that Samaritan would need to find another location.

    “It is going to be catastrophic for us,” Lyon said during an interview  Monday. “We haven’t been successful in finding another place.”

  • All about the environment - Climate summit, cleanup this weekend

    Submitted to the Optic

    The first Climate Awareness Summit at Highlands University April 29 aims to raise awareness about climate change and spark activism for environmental issues.

  • Viento musician mourned by town

    He made music with his saxophone, his keyboards and his singing voice.

    But perhaps the sound most people who knew Raymond Baca will remember the most is his laugh — an infectious chuckle that often punctuated his sentences.

    Baca, 51, died early Sunday.

    He had been a custodian and bus driver for the Las Vegas City Schools district and a part-time security guard at Luna Community College.

    Among his other previous jobs, he had worked for the United World College as a groundskeeper and KNMX as a disc jockey.

  • Weather - April 26, 2017

    Wednesday

    HIGH 62° / LOW 40°
    A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. North wind 10 to 20 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:14 a.m. to 7:43 p.m.

    Thursday

    HIGH 67° / LOW 37°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph increasing to 30 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:13 a.m. to 7:44 p.m.

  • Flamenco lessons return to Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    Brilliant musician, gifted composer and emerging entrepreneur Ronald Maltais is bringing flamenco to Las Vegas.

    It’s an opportunity to appreciate and learn a vibrant and dazzling dance form which originated centuries ago in Southern Spain. Who knows? Perhaps once upon a time flamenco was performed right here in Meadow City with strumming guitars and stomping heels.

  • Que Pasa - April 26, 2017

    4.26.2017
    WEDNESDAY
    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    4.28.2017
    FRIDAY
    2 p.m.
    Las Vegas Arbor Day Celebration will take place at 2 p.m. at Carnegie Park. A short walking tour to “Meet the Trees” will follow.

  • Use age limit, reduce smoking

    The following editorial was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on April 21.

    Despite the health risks, expense and, yes, the smell, more than 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Nine out of 10 got hooked as teens, finding out only later how insidious and tenacious nicotine addiction is.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 26, 2017
  • Work of Art: You must taste new stamps

    All right, students: Raise your hand if you’ve ever had ceviche. Nobody? No, Wise-Guy in the third row, ceviche is not Spanish for a beer.

    Then how about sancocho? Still nobody?

    Well, don’t feel bad, students. I’d never heard of either of these things either — until I read today’s paper.