Today's News

  • Weather - August 1, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 7 a.m., then isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Light south wind increasing to 5-10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.


  • Court awards nearly $3M in redistricting fees

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Taxpayers must pick up the tab for nearly $3 million in fees for attorneys who represented Democratic, Republican, Native American and Hispanic voter interests in redistricting trials, a New Mexico judge decided Monday.

    District Judge James Hall’s order covers lawyer fees for six groups that brought lawsuits over revamping political district boundaries for the Legislature, Congress and Public Regulation Commission.

  • In Brief - Local News - August 1, 2012

    Colorado man killed in crash

    A 53-year-old Colorado Springs man died Sunday after his Harley Davidson motorcycle crashed into a Jeep on NM 434  in Mora County.
    Coy Lee Miller was pronounced dead at the scene, state police Lt. Craig Martin said. Martin said Miller, who was driving the motorcycle, was traveling east and crossed the double yellow line, colliding into the passenger side of the Jeep.

    Shots fired at home on Sunday

  • Open government advocates welcome ruling

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Citizens have a right to access public records kept by an independent contractor on behalf of state or local governments in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals ruled in a decision welcomed by open government advocates.

    The court’s ruling is important for preserving government transparency, particularly in an era when governments are privatizing many public services, Dolph Barnhouse, a lawyer for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government said Monday.

  • Relay for Life fundraiser set for West’s track field

    Submitted to the Optic

    Because cancer never sleeps, this Friday and Saturday, Las Vegas residents will come together to walk around the clock in the battle against cancer at Relay For Life of Las Vega s– a unique fundraising event held at West Las Vegas High School football and track field.

    This celebration of life will bring numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to fight back against the disease.

  • Que Pasa - August 1, 2012

    • New Mexico Territorial Brass Band in concert, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at Plaza Park (rain location Traveler’s Cafe, 1814 Plaza).
    • 2012 Las Vegas Relay for Life, starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4 at West Las Vegas High School. There will be live performances, entertainment, and activities for the whole family. Open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. This is a non-alcohol and non-smoking event.

  • Time to sue Makwa?

    Highlands University is in a jam. After having terminated “for convenience” the contract with Makwa Builders LLC and hiring Franken Construction to step in and complete the new student center, Highlands may have bitten off more than it can chew. Makwa is demanding the university pay it $3.2 million for work it and its subcontractors did and for the profits it would have made if allowed to complete the job.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 1, 2012
  • Work of Art - If this is Wednesday ...

    OSLO, NORWAY — A 1969 romantic comedy with almost the same title as this headline (should be Tuesday instead of Wednesday), humorously depicts the whirlwind nature of European travel itineraries.

    Never having been this far north, we opted to tack on an Atlantic coast week of travel to our customary two weeks in Denmark, where we visit our son Stanley Adam and his family, in July.

  • A rodeo legacy: Highlands standout keeping tradition alive — and kickin’

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University marketing major and rodeo team member Chelsea DeMott has received an academic scholarship for her success as an entrepreneur in organizing youth rodeos.

    The Galesburg Business & Technology Center in Illinois awarded DeMott the $1,000 scholarship. The 20-year-old is from Rio, a small rural community near Galesburg.