Today's News

  • State senate panel OKs teacher raises

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico teachers and some administrators at various levels would see minimum salaries increase under a pared-down proposal that cleared a Senate committee Wednesday despite objections about the push being an unfunded mandate.

    The Senate Education Committee advanced the measure following a debate that centered on evaporating revenue projections for the next fiscal year.

  • Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 5, 2015
  • Thumbs Feb. 5, 2016


    Reading is an every-day task, from reading street signs to reading the menu at restaurants. Las Vegas and the surrounding area hit a jackpot when members of the Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico organized an annual literacy fair.

  • Dispatch New Mexico- The latest ethics commission push

    Perhaps this will be the year when we actually get some decent ethical standards in place for state officials.

    It’s a long-running issue that seems to resurface every time someone gets in trouble, but for various political and provincial reasons, nothing ever gets through the state legislature. This year, however, one proposal might actually make it in front of New Mexico’s voters.

  • Looking Back Feb. 5, 2015

    Thursday, Feb. 3, 1966 — Teen Canteen, of interest to all Las Vegas teenagers, with facilities for basketball, volleyball, ping-pong and dancing, opens officially today in the basement of the Immaculate Conception School. The new Canteen will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. to all Community Youth Center members.

  • Weather Feb. 5, 2016


    HIGH 39° / LOW 9°

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. North wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -1.

    6:58 a.m. to 5:32 p.m.


  • Climate and energy focus of annual conference

    Submitted to the Optic

    One hundred and fifty students  from schools around the area and other countries will attend United World College-USA’s Annual Conference with a focus on climate change and energy innovation. About  20 speakers, including Param Jaggi, featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, will speak on topics related to energy policy, climate change, and energy technology. The conference started on Thursday and will end on Saturday at the Montezuma school.

  • Que Pasa Feb. 5, 2016

    All day
    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is looking for contestants to compete in the Miss Las Vegas Pageant on Saturday Feb. 20. The contest is open to young women 17 to 24. Phases of competition are interview, talent, physical fitness in swimsuit, and formal wear. To enter the competition go to www.missnewmexico.org and enter online. For more information, contact Philip Ortiz at ortiz87701@yahoo.com or 718-6848. Deadline to enter is Saturday, Feb. 6.

    7 to 10 p.m.

  • Opening night

    D.J. Bustos poured in 29 points Wednesday night, firing an opening salvo in West Las Vegas’ push for another District 2-4A boys’ basketball title. The Dons topped Taos 71-54 in front of a robust crowd at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    It figures to be an especially intriguing race this February, with all four boys’ teams ranked in the top 10 for Class 4A. The Dons entered the season as the presumptive favorite and the defending district champ, having reached the state championship game last March, but they’ve got plenty of company now.

  • NMHU announces signings

    Las Vegas Optic
    The excitement that is National Signing Day did not leave New Mexico Highlands University untouched. Head football coach Jeff Mills and soccer’s Oscar Mendoza announced a number of signings (and transfers) Wednesday.