Today's News

  • Weather - July 7

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:52 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.

  • Authorities seek help

    Submitted to the Optic

    District Attorney Richard Flores, state police and the family of Cindy Rivera, are seeking assistance from the community in finding Cindy Rivera.

    Rivera has been missing since June 29, 2012.  She was last seen at her home on Peggy Lee Lane in Las Vegas.  Rivera was born in 1993, which made her 19 at the time of disappearance. She would be 21 now. She is 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 134 pounds. Cindy goes by the nickname of “Tig.”

  • Cordova named park superintendent

    Submitted to the Optic

    Karl Cordova, a 20-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named superintendent of Pecos National Historical Park in northern New Mexico.  Cordova will also oversee the administration of Fort Union National Monument in Watrous. He will assume his new post on July 15.

    Cordova is currently the superintendent at Casa Grande Ruins and Hohokam Pima National Monuments in Coolidge, Ariz.

    He has served in this position since July 2009.

  • Que Pasa - July 7, 2014

    • Science Camp is for local community kids, in grades sixth through eighth, Wednesday, July 9 to Thursday, July 10. Hosted by Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance at the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge near Watrous. Camp participants will leave Las Vegas at 8 a.m. on July 9 and will return to Las Vegas at 5 p.m. on July 10. Limited number of spots available. For more information, contact Lorraine Garcia at 505-917-2141 or by emailing lgarcia@hermitspeakwatersheds.org.

  • Editorial Cartoons - July 7, 2014
  • Another Perspective: A prescription for success

    By Francine Jacobs, MD.

    As a physician, I know that when you have a cure for an ailment, you use it. You don’t waste time, because you know that delay only makes the condition worse. New Mexico has a problem. We’re at the bottom of nearly every indicator of child well-being. We know what works and we’re actually giving the right medicine to a few lucky kids. But most are not getting the cure, even though we know it works and we have the resources to get it to them.

  • District 4 Tourneys - Vegas teams win two more titles

    Already the big winner overall, Las Vegas Little League hauled off two more championship banners Wednesday as the District 4 Little League tournaments rolled on at a bustling Rodriguez Park.

    In the morning, Las Vegas held off La Plaza in a 3-2 nailbiter in the decisive third game of a best-of-three series with the 10-11 baseball title on the line.

  • Big ratings again for World Cup game

    By David Bauder
    AP Television Writer
    NEW YORK — An estimated 21.6 million people watched Belgium knock out the United States soccer team in the World Cup on U.S. television — an impressive total for a weekday afternoon that almost certainly undercounts how many people actually saw it.
    The Nielsen company said Wednesday that 16.5 million people watched the game on ESPN, with 5.1 million more seeing it on the Spanish-language Univision network. In addition, nearly 1.7 million people watched an online stream of the event, Nielsen said.

  • Highlands rodeo ends final year at nationals

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    CASPER, Wyo. — The New Mexico Highlands University rodeo team completed the 2013-2014 season at nationals June 21.
    The women’s team finished 14th in the nation with 130 points while the men’s team finished 48th with 45 points.

    The best finish of the championships came from senior Kindee Wilson, who finished seventh in goat tying with a 28 average.

  • Champions