Today's News

  • Luna inks contract with ex-presidents

    Luna Community college has signed a consulting contract with two of its former presidents.

    Leroy “Huero” Sanchez and Gilbert Sena will be paid a total of $35,000 — $17,500 per individual — for the first phase of the contract, which  runs from March 27 through Sept. 30. During that period, they are required to submit a total of $1.5 million in grant applications that are accepted for review by the granting agency.

  • White House officials hear from local leaders

    The White House, along with federal agency appointees, hosted a community leaders roundtable in Las Vegas last Thursday.

    The Las Vegas gathering followed similar regional meetings throughout the nation and in New Mexico.

    The meeting allowed local community leaders an opportunity to discuss issues facing rural New Mexicans with high-ranking Obama administration officials.

  • Highlands ensembles, choir set to perform

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music will present concerts April 20 and April 22.

    The university’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble perform in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20 in Sala de Madrid, 801 University Ave.

    Edward Harrington, Highlands University music professor and band director, directs and conducts both  ensembles.

  • Noticias - April 18, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Las Vegas Optic is updating its noticias. Organizations are asked to resubmit their submissions to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com For questions, call 425-6796 ext. 239.

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

  • Que Pasa - April 18, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Love Waves” by Rosemary Wells. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Gov. demands more choices

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, like her Democratic predecessor, wants a choice of candidates when it comes to appointing judges and she’s flexing her gubernatorial power to make her point.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 18, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Heinrich leads in campaign cash
    SANTA FE — New financial reports show Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Martin Heinrich has nearly four times more campaign cash than his primary election opponent, Hector Balderas.

    Heinrich, a two-term congressman from Albuquerque, reported a cash balance of $1.5 million at the end of March. Balderas, who is the state auditor, had cash-on-hand of nearly $395,000.

    The primary election is June 5.

  • Process vs. result

    When it comes to the process the Las Vegas City Schools District used to find a superintendent, it was a disaster. And now, with the impending hiring of interim superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez to the permanent position, East’s school board has opted to dump the process and go strictly with the results it likes.

    Let’s hope it pays off in the long run.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 18, 2012
  • Work of Art - Please don’t tell me yet

    “I don’t wanna hear it!”         

    Usually we hear that refusal when 1) the utterer of the admonition believes, “Don’t confuse me with the facts; my mind is made up.”
    We also hear it in the context of refusing to hear the bad news: a firing, a loss of a game or an announcement that follows, “Hey Dad, you remember that can of paint on the shelf by the car in the garage?”