Today's News

  • Atomic bomb test 70th anniversary source of pride, anger

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — The unknown blast came during rainy season in the desolate New Mexico desert.

    Most residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa had no phones or radios. So when word spread that Army officials said it was just an ammunition explosion, anxious residents relaxed despite the raining ash.

  • Testimony released from Rosenberg brother in famous spy case

    By Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The brother of Ethel Rosenberg, who was a star trial witness against his sister and brother-in-law in a sensational Cold War atomic spying case, never implicated his sister in an earlier appearance before a grand jury and said that they had never discussed her role “at all,” according to secret court records unsealed Wednesday.

  • Jail Log - July 17, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 2 and July 7:

    Gilbert Romero, 29,  7 day commitment
    Raymond Quintana, 43, aggravated DWI, probation violation: new charges
    Jason Cantrell, 33, probation violation: possession of sexual contraband
    Aaron Jorgenson, 36, failure to appear
    Jerry Reed, 60,  aggravated DWI, expired registration, no proof of financial responsibility

  • Looking Back - July 17, 2015

    In 1965

  • Looking ahead - News - July 17, 2015

    Community Clean Up this Sunday
    Community Clean Up starts at noon on Sunday, July 19 at Plaza Park. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. at Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact the chamber at 425-8631.

  • Weather - July 17, 2015

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. West wind 10-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 58.

  • Correction - July 17

    The Optic erroneously reported the date of the Missoula Children’s Theatre auditions in its Wednesday edition. An open audition for the kids of Las Vegas will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 3 at Ilfeld Auditorium. The musical theatre production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” will be performed at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • ‘Blowing my mind’ - Scientists find Peaks on Pluto, canyons on Charon

    By Marcia Dunn
    AP Aerospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mankind’s first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its big moon Charon that appear six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

  • Just a Thought - What is your ‘coachability’ score?

    By Rick Kraft

    Are you coachable? Do you take instruction well? Do you listen to advice from others?

    Are you the smartest person who ever lived? Maybe a better question is, “Are you the smartest person you know?” If so, why would you need to listen to anyone else? If not, why wouldn’t you listen to others?

  • Lawmakers get Spaceport update

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The head of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority told a powerful legislative committee on Wednesday she’s hopeful Virgin Galactic will begin commercial flights next summer, a key to ensuring the financial viability of Spaceport America.

    Questions about when anchor tenant Virgin Galactic will launch have been swirling for years. The company originally had its sights set on 2010 but has suffered numerous setbacks, including a deadly accident last year that destroyed its rocket ship.