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Today's News

  • NMHU honors: Luisa Pacheco

     NOTE: This is the latest in a series of profiles of six 2017 Highlands University people being honored this month by as part of the school’s Homecoming celebration.

    Luisa Pacheco, a psychology junior and accomplished musician, was chosen for the 2017 Forever Cowboy Student Award. Pacheco, 19, is on the fast track to graduate in May 2018.

    The Las Vegas, New Mexico native and 2015 Robertson High School graduate entered Highlands as a sophomore, thanks to taking advantage of dual credit courses. She traces her interest in psychology to childhood.

  • Museum presenting educational, after-school programs

    Submitted to the Optic

    The City of Las Vegas Museum, in partnership with the Recreation Center, is launching a weekday community outreach program series this week.

    The museum will find guest speakers with important messages, and the Abe Montoya Recreation Center will provide a hosting location with good parking and room for a large audience.

    The programs allow those agents to educate the public on important issues, while providing the public an opportunity to meet those people who normally work behind the scenes.

  • The Nation In Brief, Sunday, Sept. 24

    The Associated Press

    Senate health care bill nearly dead

    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party’s years of vows to kill the program.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Panel seeks crime solutions

    ALBUQUERQUE — A group of New Mexico lawmakers is scheduled to hold another meeting as they search for legislative solutions to reforming the state’s beleaguered criminal justice system and curbing crime in one of its most populated areas.

    The bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform subcommittee will be meeting next week in Albuquerque. Co-chair Sen. Sander Rue says the crime wave has turned into an ocean of crime for Bernalillo County.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 24, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21:

    Aaron Salazar, 33, failure to appear, San Miguel District Court. Deangelo Rodriguez,24, probation violation, involuntary detention, adult probation.

    Apolinario Gonzales, 34, revoked conditions of release. San Miguel District Court.

  • Optic Editorial:Relief work can be done here, too

    There are plenty of charitable causes in the 505 and 575 area codes.

    If there are resources available to send people and/or supplies to the Gulf Coast for hurricane relief, there are dollars and man hours and cans of beans to donate to Las Vegas — or at least within New Mexico.

  • Come celebrate the Gallinas River next weekend

    We’re having a party on Saturday, Sept. 30! Recently, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance was awarded $315,000 from the River Stewardship Program at the NM Environment Department to restore healthy conditions to the Gallinas River between Bridge St. and Prince St.

    This $315,000 development is something to celebrate!

    Later in this article, you can learn details about this exciting project, but now let’s get a taste of what to expect when you meander down to the south side of Bridge Street along the Riverwalk between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Maneuvering into and out of storms

    Just a Thought, by Rick Kraft

    We are always in one of three spots in our lives: moving into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or moving out of a storm.

    Bottom line, storms happen to each one of us. They come with living life.

    Accept this fact. Some storms are bigger than others. The storms we encounter may arise from our immediate family such as our relationship with our spouse or children. They may arise from our extended family such as our parents, grandparents, or in-laws.

  • All rise —or not — for the United States of Football

    By Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s School of Journalism.

    Once again, we’ve got a lot going on in my hometown of Cleveland that’s attracting national attention. Even as I write on this Wednesday afternoon, the background noise of my television is making me dare to believe that our baseball team is about to make American League history by winning its 21st consecutive game.

    Shh. I just typed that in a whisper.

  • Letters to the editor, Sept. 24, 2017

    Accidental success

    I need to say something about Brock Long, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Donald Trump, who has been deliberately appointing cabinet secretaries and top officials who are grossly unqualified for their positions and/or philosophically opposed to the missions of the departments over which they hold sway, accidentally appointed someone extremely qualified and dedicated to his mission.