Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 8, 2013

    An investiture ceremony for Gerald E. Baca will be held at 4:30 p.m. this Thursday in the Division 1 courtroom at the courthouse in Las Vegas. Baca was selected to fill the vacant judge position in the 4th Judicial District. Residents of Mora, San Miguel and Guadalupe counties are invited to attend.

  • Looking Back - May 8, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, May 10 — Mrs. Ralph Conklin has been named Mother of the Year with Mrs. Harry Kelsey as first runnerup and Mrs. M.S. Rapp as second runnerup. Mrs. Conklin’s selection was based upon her being a good mother to her own family, a good influence on her children, her own character, her activity, leadership and influence on the community and the conditions of her service. The first runnerup received a $10 gift, and the second runnerup $5 from the Retail Merchants Assn., which sponsors the annual event.

  • Mora law cannot stand

    Mora County has drawn both praise and criticism for becoming the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.

  • Work of Art — Now that’s a gentleman

    It was a great feeling, reading the letter by a true gentleman. And maybe a scholar too, who wrote articulately, in a balanced manner and laid the blame at the altar of politicians.

    Let me explain: The letter writer’s identify is still a secret, but we do know that he’s a wrestler from Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque who was in the middle of an exam at the time the court case he was involved in was taking place. That made it impossible for him to attend the court hearing; his attorney read the letter for him.

  • Kim Carpenter of ‘The Vow’ to speak at Highlands commencement

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University alumnus Kim Carpenter, whose true story inspired the 2012 international blockbuster movie, The Vow, will be the university’s commencement speaker Saturday. The commencement starts at 2 p.m.

  • Que Pasa - May 8, 2013

    • Search and Rescue meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the new State Police Headquarters across from KFUN hill (south). New members are welcome.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Eloise’s Mother’s Day Surprise” by Lisa McClatchy. Free and open to the public.


  • Noticias - May 8, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • David, Julian and Joey Martinez of Sheridan lost their home and all of their belongings recently to a structure fire. A donation account has been opened at the State Employees Credit Union for the family. They are also accepting donations of clothing and household items. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. For more information or to drop off donations, contact Jesus at 505-920-8659

  • U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan to address Luna graduates

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    United States Congressman Ben Ray Luján will be the guest speaker at the Luna Community College Graduation Ceremony. Graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday.

    Serving in his third term in Congress, Luján is continuing his efforts to stand up for New Mexico’s families and fight for a stronger future for all New Mexicans. In his time in Congress, Luján has become a leader on some pressing issues facing the state and country.

  • Curruthers named NMSU president

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — Former Republican Gov. Garrey Carruthers was selected Monday as the new president of New Mexico State University.

    The NMSU Board of Regents voted 3-2 for Carruthers to lead the state’s second-largest four-year university.

    Carruthers has been dean of NMSU’s College of Business since 2003. He was governor from 1987 to 1990.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - May 8, 2013

    The Associated Press
    Woman set
    on fire dies

    ROSWELL — Police in Roswell are investigating the death of a woman who had been set on fire.
    Authorities say 44-year-old Lisa Smith ran out of her apartment last Friday night engulfed in flames. She later died at a Texas hospital.
    KOAT-TV reports that police want to question Smith’s 49-year-old husband in the case but don’t know where he is.
    Police say Patrick Smith is 5 feet 9 inches tall, 200 pounds and has brown eyes and a shaved head.