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Today's News

  • New Mexico seeks to lure Tesla battery factory

    Associated Press

    Excited by economic prospects, New Mexico officials are hoping to avoid what happened six years ago when Tesla Motors opted against establishing an auto manufacturing plant in the state.

    They’re discussing a variety of options in an effort to convince Tesla to build a lithium-ion battery factory here, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

  • Gov wants NM to stop collecting union dues

    Associated Press

    Contact talks with state employee unions are at an impasse because New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state to stop collecting union dues through withdrawals from employees’ paychecks, the governor said.

    The Republican governor raised the issue this week at a real estate luncheon in Albuquerque while criticizing teachers unions for opposing her administration’s policy initiatives, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Free tax help available

    Associated Press

    Low income residents and senior citizens in New Mexico can get their taxes prepared for free.

    Gov. Susana Martinez was in Albuquerque Tuesday to highlight Tax Help New Mexico, which offers free tax preparation for anyone over 65 and New Mexicans with an annual income of less than $52,000.

    Last season, Tax Help New Mexico prepared 31,478 returns that resulted in $19 million in refunds and saved New Mexicans more than $4 million in tax preparation fees.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - March 21, 2014

    THUMBS UP! TWO LIVES WELL LIVED
    Las Vegas is the poorer due to the passing of two people who made this their home. Carole Silon, who delighted local audiences in her portrayal of “Mayor Nanita” in “Over the Edge” productions, lost her battle with cancer. And Dr. Alan Thal, a world traveler, cattle-raiser and noted thoracic surgeon, died at age 88. He was a member of the original Open Heart Team at the University of Minnesota, for seven years. The community mourns their passing.

    THUMBS UP! PROGRESS ON DWI FATALITIES

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 21, 2014
  • Another Perspective - Time is running out

    By Mike Nuñez

    Submitted to the Optic

    The clock is ticking. Thousands of New Mexicans will lose their ability to buy affordable health insurance under the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange if they fail to enroll by March 31, 2014. If they miss this important deadline, unless they become covered by an employer or have a life-changing event such as marriage or birth of a child, they will be unable to get health insurance coverage until January 2015 at the earliest. So sign up today!

  • Nuestra Historia - OUR BEGINNING

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Editor’s note: For more than three years, Jesus Lopez has enchanted Optic readers with his Nuestra Historia column, which first appeared on this page on Jan. 7, 2011. Since that time, Lopez has authored 167 articles and more than 150,000 words, and says he has written just about all there is to write of the history of Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 21, 2014

    The New York Daily News on the awarding of the Medal of Honor to 24 U.S. veterans previously denied the honor (March 19):

    The U.S. righted terrible wrongs on Tuesday when President Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on 24 soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
    Most were Jewish or Hispanic and all earned eternal gratitude for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. But they were likely denied because of their ethnic or religious heritages.

  • All-district honorees include 15 from LV

    Fifteen Las Vegans were among those honored recently with selection to All-District 2-3A basketball teams.

    West Las Vegas boys’ head coach David Bustos and girls’ head coach Jose Medina were both crowned Coach of the Year in their respective sports after guiding their teams to regular-season championships. The Lady Dons also won the 2-3A tournament; the Dons lost in their final to Taos but made a deep run in the state tournament, losing to eventual state champ Hope Christian in the semifinals.

  • Lady Riders sweep!

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College softball team did something it had never done before — sweep a conference opponent.

    The Lady Rough Riders swept Western Texas College 6-5, 5-3, 10-6 and 14-13 this past weekend at home in its conference opener.