Today's News

  • Luna’s business programs accredited

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Associate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Luna Community College initial accreditation of its business programs.

  • Gov urges restrictions

    The Associated Press

    As fire rages in southwestern New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez is urging city leaders around the state to consider limiting fireworks.

    The governor sent a letter to local leaders Monday saying drought conditions, strong winds and warm temperatures have combined for high fire danger and increased risk in many parts of the state.

    Martinez is urging municipalities and counties to hold meetings in the coming weeks to discuss and potentially vote on local restrictions or bans on the use of fireworks.

  • Martinez raises $561K for re-election effort

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez raised $561,586 for her re-election in the past month, which was more than twice as much as the five Democrats seeking to challenge her in the general election, according to the latest financial reports.

    Alan Webber, a wealthy Santa Fe businessman, was the leading Democratic fundraiser with $115,683. Lawrence Rael was next with $58,030; state Sen. Howie Morales, $22,012; Attorney General Gary King, $12,270; and $10,236 for state Sen. Linda Lopez.

  • Looking Back - May 14, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 14, 2014

    Entrepreneurship Forum
    Entrepreneurship Forum, presentations by Flowers with Grace, Tri-County Farmers’ Market, and Martinez and Sons Meat Processing, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at El Fidel Hotel. For more information, call Andrea Gottschalk at 425-6113.

  • Weather - May 14, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. West wind around 5 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunny, with a high near 76. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:57 a.m. to 7:58 p.m.

  • Local church honored for helping kids in need

    Submitted to the Optic

    Calvary Las Vegas will be recognized for its service to children in need around the world on Sunday. For more than five years, Calvary Las Vegas has served as an official collection point for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers millions of gift-filled shoeboxes to children affected by war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, and persecution in more than 100 countries worldwide. Thousands of shoebox gifts are packed and donated each year by volunteers at Calvary Las Vegas.

  • Que Pasa - May 14, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I’m Gonna Like Me” by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. Free and open to the public.


  • Improving education

    According to a new study by the National Education Association, New Mexico ranked 20th among states last year in total per-student education spending.

    Factoring in federal, state and local funds, New Mexico spent $11,019 per K-12 student, $81 more than the national average, the Albuquerque Journal recently reported.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 14, 2014