Today's News

  • Women’s military and veterans expo Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Women military veterans, Guard/Reserve, transitioning active-duty service members are invited to a free Military/Veteran Women’s Expo 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the ballroom in the Plaza Hotel.

    The Expo is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Women Veterans Program, the NMDVS Rural Veterans Coordination Program, the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center, and is limited to the first 40 registered women.

  • Que Pasa - June 25, 2017


    10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    Flint Knapping demonstrations will take place at Pecos National Historical Park. Ron Fields will demonstrate the techniques involved in manufacturing stone tools and the use of these tools in manufacturing Phragmites compound arrows. Drop by the park visitor center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this weekend to learn more about this tradition. For more information, call 505-757-7241.


    8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — June 25, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Menu for June 26 to June 30.

    Breakfast: Scrambled egg with potatoes and cheese, and toast
    Lunch: Cook’s choice

    Breakfast: Hard boiled egg, cheese, toast and jelly
    Lunch: Barbecue chicken, corn on the cob, cole slaw, whole wheat roll, and fruit

    Breakfast: Cold cereal, toast and peanut butter
    Lunch: Posole, spinach, squash, tortilla, and cookie

  • Students raise money for animals
  • Sensory room: A ‘wish come true’ for an 8-year-old girl

    By John Surratt
    The Vicksburg Post

    VICKSBURG, Miss.  — It’s a special room for a special girl.

    A sensory room is a place full of pleasant features — special sounds, light displays, pictures, pretty scents and other interesting items that lighted balls that change colors and chairs that bounce or vibrate.

  • Dear Teacher - June 25, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Last year in third grade, my great-granddaughter questioned me about this problem: “There are 35 computers in the lab. Five students each turn off an equal number of computers. How many computers does each student turn off? Label the unknown as m, then solve.”

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Gascon can go days without a hint of rain

    Our summer weather tells the story. It was obviously late June and there is no moisture or rain in sight. It is almost 80 degrees outside as I write this, here at 8,200 feet elevation at 8 a.m. We have not seen a cloud of any kind in the sky for days, and we all wonder when this so dry and dangerous weather pattern will change.

  • We aren’t serious about the debt

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    We Americans should just ‘fess up and admit it ­­— that, despite platitudes to the contrary we as a nation are no longer serious about the national debt.

    On what do we base this observation? Well, consider the reaction to President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal.

    Headlines struck a common chord: Trump’s “Taxpayer First” budget would hammer everything and everyone imaginable — except the Pentagon.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 25, 2017
  • Another Perspective: Here’s hoping Skandera’s replacement embraces change

    By Sen. Howie Morales

    Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, is often quoted for saying, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” This has been used as motivation in all forms of contests to gain an edge on competitors.

    Most people do not realize, however, what Coach Lombardi actually meant. It was not about winning at all costs — ignoring the human spirit or looking at the scoreboard as the ultimate measure of success.