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Today's News

  • Area man sentenced to 13 years

    A man who previously pleaded guilty to trafficking crack cocaine and to distributing prescription drugs was sentenced late last month to 13 years in prison.

    Anselmo “Chemo” Ortiz, 22, was sentenced by District Judge Matthew Sandoval on Aug. 28. Sandoval sentenced Ortiz to 15 years with two of those years suspended, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

  • City pegs its flood damage at $2.2M

    The city of Las Vegas is estimating that the Friday the 13th flooding and associated rain storms caused more than $2.2 million in damage to its infrastructure.

    The City Council voted unanimously late last week to approve a disaster declaration. The San Miguel County Commission has also declared a disaster, and county staff are estimating the damage to county infrastructure at $6-to-$7 million.

    Both city and county officials are hoping that President Obama will declare the flooding that took place throughout New Mexico as a national disaster.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 25, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 25, 2013

    Plein Air Paint Out
    The Las Vegas Plein Air Club will present its second-annual  Plein Air Paint Out. It includes registration, slide show and lecture with Ester O’Fearghail, a Highlands University assistant professor of art. The cost is $25 per participant, $10 for students. The event begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the El Zocalo Artist Co-op. Call 505-426-6688.

  • Weather - Sept. 25, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 79. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 53. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Thursday

  • Run marks suicide awareness month

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Campus Violence Prevention Program will sponsor an “Out of the Darkness” run Sept. 26 to mark Suicide Awareness Month.

    The free event begins at 7 p.m. with registration at the university’s new Student Union Building at Eighth Street and National Avenue. Participants will receive glow sticks, bracelets and mini flashlights to help light the way.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 25, 2013

    Optic staff and wire

    Free legal fair set for Friday

    A free legal fair will be held in Las Vegas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at the New Mexico Highlands University Student Union Building, 800 National Ave.
    Attorneys will be available to provide free consultations on a first-come, first-served basis on a variety of civil legal topics, including probate, divorce, custody, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, unemployment, and immigration.  Interpreters will also be available.

  • Gary King is right

    Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King are at odds over who should have final say on whether same-sex marriages are legal in New Mexico.

    Martinez, who personally believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman, says voters should decide the issue through a constitutional amendment. King, a Democrat, argues that the courts should decide the matter since it is a civil rights issue.

    We agree with King.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 25, 2013
  • Work of Art — What’s the big deal?

    We stopped at a fast-food place where, when you buy a burger, you get to put the mustard and ketchup on yourself. We also bought a side salad and got to pour the French vignette dressing on ourselves.

    It was one of those days, when we could smell fall in the air and the change in temperature and climate made us want to go out for a snack rather than cook at home. I guess you could say we were out to butter our own nests.