Today's News

  • Manager’s partner lands sweet job

    The longtime girlfriend of San Miguel County Manager Les Montoya was transferred earlier this year to a newly created job making nearly $9,800 more than the job description calls for.

    The position Stephanie Leger was moved to in February was neither posted nor advertised, and Leger doesn’t meet the education or work experience requirements listed in the job description.

  • Signing Off

    By Gwen Albers
    For The Optic

    Cathy Kahn’s daily routine starts with making coffee and tuning into disc jockey Martha Johnsen’s 6 a.m. KFUN radio program.

    Kahn’s not sure what future mornings at her Romeroville home will hold now that Johnsen, who joined the Las Vegas station 41 years ago, is retiring.

    “This is kind of like a death in a way,” a choked-up Kahn said Thursday. “Suddenly someone you’re used to every day will be gone. It’ll be sad without her.”

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - What I learned from my father

    When I walked into Joseph Baca’s office at KFUN last March, I was struck by a piece of furniture standing quietly in the corner of the office. It was a squat blond console that I later learned housed a turntable. On the front was the original RCA logo. On a bold red background, the three capital letters were elegantly connected with a bolt of lightning streaming down from the elongated “A.”

  • Art auction to benefit Las Vegas Pet Center

    Submitted to the Optic

    Works by more than 30 Northern New Mexico artists will be available for auction Saturday, June 25, at the third annual ARTBark fundraiser, benefiting the Animal Welfare Coalition’s Las Vegas, New Mexico’s Pet Center.

    ARTBark will take place in New Mexico Highlands University’s Kennedy Alumni Hall at 905 University Ave. from 4 to 7 p.m. The free event includes light appetizers and live music by the Mild Rovers.

  • Showing Mercy: Who’s to blame for night club massacre?

    Early Sunday morning, I lost 49 brothers and sisters in a brutal attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
    Since then I have been awash in a sea of emotions, ranging from shock, despair and heart-break to fear, compassion and love.

    Among these many feelings I have also found comfort in the fact that members of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community — of which I am a part — are finally being viewed as human beings.

    Our lives matter.

    My life as a lesbian has been filled with judgment, rejection, hurt, pain and fear.

  • Some of the victims killed Sunday

    By Nomaan Merchant, Carla K. Johnson and Tammy Webber

    The Associated Press

    A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside Pulse, a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday, leaving at least 49 people dead in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Here are stories of some of the victims.


    Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24, was out for a night of dancing with her brother-in law and a friend, and posed for a photo before a gunman opened fire.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 19, 2016
  • Trump’s plan is reckless

    Donald Trump’s reaction to last Sunday’s massacre in Orlando, Florida, is further proof that the presumptive Republican nominee for president is unfit for our nation’s highest office.

    Forty-nine innocent people lost their lives, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. More than 50 others were injured in the attack by 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American-born Muslim who appears to have been struggling with his own sexuality.

  • Another Perspective: ‘Rewarding and challenging’

    Almost 100 days have gone by since I was sworn in as city councilor for Ward 3. This was a proud day for me, not only because the citizens of Ward 3 entrusted me with this responsibility, but because it was almost 50 years to the day that my father, José D. “Lolo” Perea, was sworn in as city councilman for the town of West Las Vegas.

    Were he still alive, I am sure that he would have told me to do my best and to always be mindful of the people I was serving. I do plan to do just that.

  • Just a Thought: Living life can be a messy business

    What is the biggest mess you have ever made? How did you feel after you made it? Did you clean it up or did others?

    What is the biggest mess that you have ever been involved in? Did you choose to get into the mess or did it choose you?

    How did it feel to be in the mess? Are you still in it?

    How do you handle the messes in your life? Are you the type of person who feels like you can clean up your messes all by yourself or do you reach out to others for help with your messes?