Today's News

  • Highlands funded for wildlife study

    By Margaret McKinney
    Las Vegas Optic
    New Mexico Highlands University was awarded a $10,000 grant to research the impact of restoration activities at the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and elsewhere in New Mexico have had on native wildlife.  
    The environmental protection, conservation and restoration division of CITGO, a petroleum company, awarded the research grant to Highlands. Biology professor Jésus Rivas is the principal investigator.

  • Gov signs $5.9B state budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s state workers and educators are in line for their first across-the-board pay increase in four years under a nearly $5.9 billion state budget signed into law Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    The governor used her line-item veto powers to trim $1.7 million from next year’s spending in the budget, but she left intact provisions that allocate about $33 million for 1 percent salary increases for public employees, including school workers, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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

    The Associated Press

    Hours extended for unemployed
    Jobless New Mexicans now have more options for when they log into the state’s new unemployment insurance claims system.
    Labor officials announced this week that the system will be accessible Sunday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. for about 23,000 claimants and 45,000 employers across the state.

  • Looking Back - April 8, 2013

    In 1963

    Friday, April 5 — The winning team in the Las Vegas Women’s Bowling Association tournament was composed of Joan Diehl, Ruth Taylor, Eva Metcalf and Dorothy C de Baca; the individual winners were Sue Melton and Ann Maloney.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 8, 2013

    Ride to Pride dance is Friday

    Ride to Pride is hosting a dance in honor of military service members and veterans. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. this Friday. Live music by Jimmy Rael and the Cuevo Band with a special guest appearance by El Gringo. Pre-sale tickets are $20 a couple of $12 per person. For more information, call 454-9738 or 429-3905.

  • Weather - April 8, 2013

    Areas of blowing dust after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.


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  • Que Pasa - April 8, 2013

    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees April Meeting, 11:30 a.m., on Monday, April 8 at KBob’s Tomás Salazar at 575-421-2455.

    • Annual Transition and Health Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at the Joseph Montoya Gym in Mora. The community is invited to attend.


  • Another DWI tragedy

    Two young girls, a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old, are dead in what state police are calling an alcohol-related crash.

    Police say that 17-year-old Wayne Lovato, of Las Vegas, was driving the vehicle while under the influence of liquor. Lovato, who is being charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and a host of other crimes, deserves to have his day in court.

    But if the preliminary investigation conducted by state police holds up, and if Lovato was indeed driving while drunk, then this community needs to start asking itself some hard questions.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 8, 2013