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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead

    Easter egg hunt is Sunday

    The Las Vegas Elks Lodge #408 will hold its annual Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Robertson football field.

  • Weather

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Windy, with a west wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Breezy, with a north wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming south. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 40.

  • FYI - News

    The Optic will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday. We will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.

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    New Mexico reported the biggest monthly drop in unemployment among all states, falling from 8.7 percent in February to 8.1 percent in March, according to The Associated Press. The unemployment rate fell in two-thirds of the nation’s states last month.

  • Land commissioner files suit over tire dump

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell said Tuesday he’s going to court to address a massive tire dump that stretches through a remote arroyo in northeastern New Mexico.

    The tires were put there over several years by Harold Daniels, a Mora County rancher and owner of the Northeast New Mexico Regional Landfill near Wagon Mound. Daniels said previously that with permission from state officials, he diverted tires from the landfill to the arroyo as part of an effort to control erosion.

  • Las Vegas Women’s Club recognized

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz presented a proclamation Wednesday to the board officers of the Las Vegas Women’s Club proclaiming Sunday, April 24, “The Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs Day” in Las Vegas.

    The Las Vegas Women’s Club celebrates Federation Day each year on April 24. The day commemorates the club’s affiliation and membership with the Greater Federation of Women’s Club.

  • UNM president leaving

    The Associated Press

    University of New Mexico president David Schmidly is stepping down.

    He will leave the presidency at the end of his contract on June 1, 2012, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.

    Schmidly became president of the state's largest university in June 2007 after the Albuquerque school hired him away from Oklahoma State University.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 22, 2011
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! DID THEIR JOB. Members of the search committee for the next Las Vegas City Schools superintendent have pared the list of candidates down to five finalists, none of whom are local applicants. That’s not an easy thing to do in a town that’s all too familiar with the who-you-know process of job hiring.

    To be fair, we know of no such effort on the part of any of the local applicants to get special consideration. Plus, in recognizing their apparent qualifications for the job, the fact that none of them made the cut points to a strong field of candidates.

  • Nuestra Historia - The formidable Don Eugenio

    Born in 1837, Eugenio Romero was two years younger than Trinidad.  In 1882 he was elected the first and only mayor of the combined city of east and west Las Vegas, before the eastside broke away and established itself as a separate municipality. (Don Eugenio alone held this distinction for almost 90 years, until the consolidation of our municipalities in 1970).

  • Orgullo del Norte - Kearney didn’t fire a shot, but Los Norteños did

    “The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”
    — Woodrow T. Wilson

    Much like President Bush’s “mission accomplished” statement, Gen. Kearny announced that the only resistance to the invasion of New Mexico was the mud on his wagon wheels. Both statements were made way too premature.

    Kearney failed to do his research on the inhabitants of Northern New Mexico. Had he done his homework, he would have learned how resilient, self-sustaining, proud, cunning, and fearless Norteños were.