Today's News

  • Editorial Roundup - June 19, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Philadelphia Daily News on the mass shooting that left 49 people dead (June 15):

    In this image-driven world of ours, it’s harder and harder to find any image that has the power to arrest the viewer. But this one — an upside-down American flag, signaling a nation in distress — had that impact on us when we first saw it on Facebook, and we reproduce it here in the hopes that has the same effect on others.

    Because we are a nation in deep distress.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: New tourist guides offer plenty of information on state’s attractions

    Those of you who live high up in our mountains have decided summer might just be here. Thirty-two degrees was the low temperature here on May 29. No, the marigolds in pots out on the deck did not freeze, but there was thin ice in cool, shady spots.  So much for early gardening this year.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — June 19, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    Beef steak ranchero, pinto beans with green chile, salad and dressing, and strawberry shortcake

    Posole, spinach salad, pinto beans, flour tortilla, and strawberries with peaches

    Navajo taco, fry bread, pinto beans, peas and carrots, and orange

    Lemon baked chicken, rice, spinach salad, whole wheat dinner roll, applesauce, yogurt and peaches

  • Honoring first responders
  • Dear Teacher - June 19, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: How do children acquire reading-readiness skills? Like every other parent, I want my children to be ready to read when they enter kindergarten. — Eager

    Answer: Reading readiness is total body readiness. It may seem that the skills required to grasp a toy or bounce a ball have nothing to do with reading, but fine motor skills allow a child to grasp and turn pages in books, and gross motor skills provide the hand-eye coordination necessary for reading.

  • Looking Back - June 19, 2016

    Monday, June 13, 1966 — An interesting and informative brochure on points of historic or scenic interest in and near Las Vegas (Meadow City) has been prepared by Dr. Lynn I. Perrigo, professor of history at Highlands University. Perrigo, author of “Our Spanish Southwest,” details concisely the location, history and pertinent features of 25 points on a “circle tour” of Las Vegas. It features the Castaneda Hotel, Lincoln Park, the old Presbyterian church in West Las Vegas, Hermit’s Peak and the Gallinas skating pond.

  • Weather - June 19, 2016


    HIGH 93° / LOW 53°

    Sunny, with a high near 93. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 53.

    5:45 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.



    HIGH 95° / LOW 53°

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

    5:45 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


  • Senior Lunch Menu — June 19, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Beef and cheese enchilada with red chile, pinto beans, Spanish rice, and
    vanilla pudding

    Baked fish squares, tartar sauce, green beans, potato wedges, and fruit pie with topping

    Chicken wrap, celery sticks, pasta salad, and sugar-free brownie

    Lasagna, garden salad, mixed vegetables, French bread, and fruit cobbler

  • Que Pasa - June 19, 2016


    1:30 p.m.

  • Pecos park hosting a number of events

    Submitted to the Optic

    There are exciting activities planned at Pecos National Historical Park for the summer, many as part of celebrating the National Park Service Centennial. Here is what’s coming up: