Today's News

  • Weather - May 21, 2014

    Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Breezy, with an east wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 15-25 mph in the morning. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Breezy, with a south wind 15-25 mph, decreasing to 5-15 mph after midnight.


  • Applications being accepted for program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College will again offer an enhanced college credit summer program for upcoming classified high school juniors and seniors. For several years, Luna Community College has offered the Student Academic Advancement Institute. This year, it will run from Monday, June 2 to Friday, July 25. Registration is ongoing and runs through Friday, June 6.

  • Que Pasa - May 21, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Get Up and Go!” by Nancy Carlson. Free and open to the public.

    • West Las Vegas High School graduation takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Gillie Lopez gymnasium.

  • We must do better

    Federal and state agencies oversee a number of programs that are supposed to serve as a safety net for those down on their luck.

    Those programs are critical for people who have lost their jobs and don’t have money for groceries or health insurance for their children.

    But in New Mexico a “perfect storm” of events has resulted in a backlog of thousands of applications from poor residents who have applied for health care and food assistance.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 21, 2014
  • Work of Art: ¿Q-vo, ese bro?

    Remember when boys would go to school, their pockets bulging with marbles, and those same marbles would work wonders when spinning around their moms’ washing machines?

    I doubt one can find a game of marbles anywhere anymore, its having gone out of style when gadgets like Rubik’s cubes and little tile games made the scene.

  • Last lap
  • Crush city
  • NMHU hires new AD Falkner

    By Matthew Lofton
    NMHU Sports Information

    New Mexico Highlands and President James Fries announced that Jeff Falkner has been named athletic director for the university.

    “I was very impressed with his track record of academic success for his student-athletes everywhere he has been and how much he already knew about Highlands coming into the interview,” Fries said. “He also has experience raising money, which will be increasingly important in moving us forward in the very competitive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.”

  • Robbers’ home opener Thursday

    The Meadow City’s own semiprofessional baseball team, the Las Vegas Train Robbers, will make its 2014 home debut Thursday evening against the Raton Osos.

    First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Rodriguez Park.

    D.J. Stinsman, a veteran of the independent baseball circuit with time as a player in the Frontier League as well as the Pecos League, is the field manager for the Robbers. Stinsman succeeds Casey Dill, now the skipper for the Sonoma Stompers in California.

    The return home figures to be a welcome one.