Today's News

  • Schools providing summer meals

    Both local school districts are providing free meals to children this summer.

    The West Las Vegas School District is offering both breakfast and lunch. Las Vegas City Schools is providing lunch service for those 18 and under, however, the district is serving breakfast to its summer school participants.

  • Air crews join battle against wildfire

    By Juan Carlos Llorca
    The Associated Press

    RUIDOSO — Air and ground crews used a break in the hot and windy weather Monday to fight a fast-moving wildfire that charred tens of thousands of acres in just three days and forced hundreds of residents to leave their homes in southern New Mexico.

    Although the lightning-sparked fire in the Sierra Blanca mountain range grew by another 1,500 acres, fire officials declared it 30 percent contained by Monday night after the almost 950 firefighters were able to build fire lines on the east side of the blaze.

  • Sunrise Kiwanis’ Outdoor Recreation Show is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Who says you need to leave Las Vegas to have a great vacation?

    If you need to be reminded about the many activities and nature adventures common to our area, Sunrise Kiwanis is sponsoring the second Annual Outdoor Recreation Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Abe Montoya Rec Center.

    The show is a family- oriented event focused on all types of outdoor activities available around the Las Vegas area such as camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, golf and boating.

  • Looking Back - News - June 13, 2012

    In 1912

    Saturday, June 8 — Fire destroyed property to the value of $90,000 at an early hour this morning. Seething flames threatened the destruction of the entire south side of the Plaza. Establishments and several large businesses and homes are reduced to ashes.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 13, 2012

    Tux and Tails event is this Saturday

  • Weather - June 13, 2012

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 51. South wind 15-20 mph, becoming northwest 5-10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming southwest 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50.


  • Droughtful summer

    We’ve been lucky so far. A pair of lightning strikes near our primary water supply set off a couple of wildfires that were quickly and skillfully extinguished. Las Vegas avoided its worst-case scenario.

    So far. As some other raging New Mexico wildfires demonstrate, we’re a long way from being in the clear. It’s going to take great care and due diligence to successfully make it through the year.

    Troubles stemming from the drought are all around — in the wildfires, wildlife and in simple economic impact.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 13, 2012
  • Work of Art - How do we define ‘excessive’?

    When does a celebration become “excessive”? All of us who watch football have seen a number of flags tossed to penalize players or teams whose jubilation becomes disruptive.

    Defining “excessive” becomes a problem. Many dislike the look-at-me attitude of some players who, while on their way to a touchdown, begin their strut, an in-your-face gesture that fans and — especially — opposing teams loathe.

  • Kazingo, Prince honored for work in classroom

    Exemplifying the term “student athletes,” Nicaise Kazingo and Scottie Prince not only excelled in their studies, they also made a huge impact in strong seasons by their respective teams.

    Kazingo and Prince are New Mexico Highlands University’s choices for Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Award for 2011-2012. The RMAC released its annual list of honorees — one male and one female for each of the league’s participating schools — on Monday.