Today's News

  • Weather - May 28, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south. Clear at night, with a low around 50.

    Sunny, with a high near 82. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 54.

    Sunny, with a high near 81. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 52.


  • NMHU’s Torres holding fundraiser for Italy trip

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University music student is one of only 10 students worldwide selected to participate in a Summer Guitar Institute in Tuscany, Italy.

    Daniel Torres, an 18-year-old Las Vegas native, will train at the Volterra Project from July 10-18. The project is an innovative experiment in classical guitar training founded and directed by acclaimed Italian guitarist Antigoni Goni.

  • Que Pasa - May 28, 2012

    • The Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. The office will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 29.
    • In observance of Memorial Day San Miguel County offices will be closed on Monday, May 28. They will reopen on Tuesday, May 29.


  • Local elected to VP post

    Submitted to the Optic

    David Maestas, a 2009 graduate of West Las Vegas High School and former resident of Las Vegas, was recently sworn in as vice president of Associated Students of New Mexico State University, the student government of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

    ASNMSU, an independent entity from NMSU administration, provides services for more than 18,000 students on the NMSU main campus.

    Maestas was elected  in March by a vote of 1,291-754 over his opponent.

  • Noticias - May 28, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is now taking applications for volunteers to work with children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect. Children are in state custody and living in foster care. Call 454-0223 or visit CASA office at 1308 Grant St. at the Rodriguez Softball Complex, mornings.

  • Our choices: County races

    Next week, on June 5, San Miguel County voters will cast Democratic Party ballots for three county positions, with the primary election winners essentially being elected to their respective positions. Five candidates are vying for San Miguel County treasurer while two candidates each are competing for two seats on the County Commission.

    No Republicans filed for these positions, so the winners of these three races will almost certainly be the ones to take office on Jan. 1, 2013.

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  • Editorial Cartoon - May 28, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Farewell, our David Romero

    Here’s a tribute to a great pressman, who left this past weekend for a new life in Arizona:

    David Romero had been around the Optic for years before 1997, when his stepfather, Stuart Beck, hired him to run the circulation department.

    Then tragedy struck the family- owned operation, when Beck died suddenly of a heart attack. His wife, Delia, David’s mother, took over the operation.

    “When I was publisher, he was really my right-hand man,” she said of her son. “David was always there for me.

  • Danville national champ in triple

    PUEBLO, Colo. — Kearah Danville triumphed in the triple jump on Friday, winning the first outdoor national championship of the season for the New Mexico Highlands University women’s track and field team.

    The Cowgirls sealed five championship berths along with Danville’s national title during day two of competition at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Pueblo, Colo.

  • Tough out