Today's News

  • Work of Art - Girls are smarter, aren’t they?

    Girls are smarter than boys, aren’t they? It depends on who’s asking and who’s being asked. My experience is that the first person to ask is considered “right.”

    Let me explain:

    Back in my childhood, I believed that girls were smarter. Why? Well, because they raised their hands faster when Sister Mary Muy Catolica of Immaculate Conception School would ask, for example, “Who knows the first commandment?”

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  • Noticias - June 6, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Samaritan House Thrift Store hours: Monday through Friday; the store will be open for sales and to receive donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturdays, personnel will receive donations from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Que Pasa - June 6, 2012

    • 4H meeting starts at 5:45 p.m. on  on Wednesday June 6 at the fair grounds.

    • The Western Mora Soil and Water Conservation District regular board meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the Western Mora SWCD building in Mora. The public is invited to attend the meetings of the Western Mora SWCD. For more information, call (575) 387-2424.


  • County workers to get raises

    San Miguel County employees will receive pay raises of between 1 and 4 percent during the fiscal year that begins on July 1 under a budget that has been submitted to the state Department of Finance and Administration.

    The raises for most of the county’s employees will be based on salary, with the lowest-paid workers getting a higher percentage raise. Elected officials won’t get raises, nor will County Manager Les Montoya, who has chosen to forego a pay hike. Also, the raises apply only to full-time, non-probationary employees.

  • Family tradition

    With both of his sisters having been named valedictorians of their respective graduating classes, there’s no question that Melecio Perea had big shoes to fill when he reached high school four years ago.

    Despite a brutal curve ball thrown at the entire Perea family this past year, Melecio was able to follow in his sisters’ footsteps, becoming the third sibling to be recognized as a West Las Vegas High School valedictorian.

    Late last month Melecio delivered his very own valedictorian address to his graduating class at a packed Gillie Lopez gymnasium.

  • Several area races to be decided

    Registered Democrats and Republicans across the state go to the polls on Tuesday to choose their nominees for the November general election.

    In San Miguel and Mora counties where no Republicans filed to run for open commission, treasurer and clerk positions, the winners in the Democratic primaries are all but guaranteed the posts. Same goes for two key area legislative races, although independent and third party candidates will have an opportunity later this month to get their names on the general election ballot.

  • Senator’s spending issue in Dist. 39 race

    Questions about campaign spending have taken center stage in the battle for the Democratic nomination for the District 39 Senate seat.  

    Incumbent Phil Griego, D-San Jose, is trying to fend off challenges from engineer Jack Sullivan and Nichole Castellano, a business manager. The winner in that race will face Republican Aubrey Dunn in the November general election.

    A major issue in the Democratic primary battle are campaign finance reports filed by Griego, a longtime state lawmaker.

  • Looking Back - June 4, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, June 4 — In nearly every settled community there will be found one man or woman known by everyone. In Las Vegas, that individual is Hiram A. Harvey, without question. He hewed a dwelling place from the rugged wilderness and made for himself a place in the heart of succeeding generations by his generous hospitality in his mountain home.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 4, 2012

    Don’t forget to vote

    Tuesday is election day for Democrats and Republicans across the state who will select their nominees for the November general election. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.