Today's News

  • Tax bill OK’d before adjournment

    By Barry Massey and Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers wrapped up their work Saturday by rushing through a last-minute package of business tax cuts supported by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to encourage economic development.

    By approving the tax measure, the Democratic-controlled Legislature averted a possible special session later this year. The governor said she would sign the tax cuts as well as a $5.9 billion state budget she previously had threatened to veto.

  • Looking Back - March 18, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 18, 2013

    Fiesta de la Hispanidad is this Saturday
    The 19th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad will take place this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 with ticket availability starting today across the street from Ilfeld from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Donna Martinez at 454-3238 for ticket information or Sara at 454-0438.

  • Weather - March 18, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 57. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:07 a.m. to 7:11 p.m.

  • Students of the Month - March 18, 2012
  • Noticias - March 18, 2013

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

  • Que Pasa - March 18, 2013

    • Robertson High School Data Night, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at the RHS Media Center Lecture Hall. For more information, call 454-5770.
    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the US Forest Service Bldg.  For more information, call 425-9088.


  • Score 1 for secrecy

    Pop quiz: What’s the best word to describe lawmakers who espouse a belief in open government, but who vote for a special rule that seeks to cloak their own emails and documents related to public business in secrecy?

    A. Arrogant;
    B. Misguided;
    C. Hypocritical;
    D. Shameful;
    E. All of the above

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 18, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Mr. McDonald, take a bow

    Being at the top is never easy. Being at the top of a newspaper, even less so.

    More often than not, you’re vilified for calling people on the things they deserve to be called on. You’re blamed for things you had little or no control over. You’re criticized for going too easy or too hard on someone. You’re accused of being biased, no matter how you handle a situation.

    Such is life at the top when you’re the publisher or general manager of a newspaper.