Today's News

  • Looking Back - March 11, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, March 13 — San Miguel County Representative Fidel “Chief” Gonzales, who served on the House Appropriations and Finance Committee during the 26th session of the state legislature, yesterday reviewed several important economic advances for San Miguel County institutions. One of the most important economic advances was raising salaries of State Hospital and Meadows Home employees to a minimum of $200.00 a month, up from $168.00.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 11, 2013

    Reception for Fort Union superintendent
    The Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation is hosting a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday to formally welcome Charles Strickfaden, the new superintendent of Fort Union National Monument. The reception will be held at the CCHP building, 116 Bridge St.

  • Weather - March 11, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33.

    Sunny, with a high near 62. Clear at night, with a low around 38.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:17 a.m. to 7:05 p.m.

  • Skating event cancelled
  • Noticias - March 11, 2013

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

  • Que Pasa - March 11, 2013

    • Parent Survey for Robertson High School Accreditation due on Monday, March 11. For more information, call 454-5770.

    • Search and Rescue meeting, 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at the new State Police Headquarters across from KFUN Hill. The access is at the far end of the overpass (exit 245 on I-25) and turn right just past the exit ramp from I-25.

  • Sad ending, self-inflicted

    The forced resignation of Eugenio S. Mathis as district judge was a sad but necessary ending to an otherwise impressive 20-year career on the bench. On Feb. 28, the New Mexico Supreme Court signed off on an agreement that required he step down from his 4th Judicial District position and never again hold a judicial office in the state.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 11, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Where a misfit might just fit

    First, let’s clear up a rumor. The Optic is not going to close. That makes no sense. Since I’ve been running this newspaper, we’ve ended every year in the black, always with a positive profit margin, and I’d be willing to wager that’s been the case every year since Russell Kistler printed the first edition in 1879.

    But let’s not start this farewell column there. Instead, return with me to when another esteemed newspaper did close. Oct. 18, 1991. That was the day the Gray Old Lady died.

  • Highlands athletes invade Birmingham

    Three noted New Mexico Highlands University athletes joined counterparts from around the country for national championship competition over the weekend in Birmingham, Ala.

    Birmingham was the host site for both the NCAA Division II indoor track and field and wrestling nationals.

    Highlands’ Jillisa Grant and Danisha Phipps made the trip for the Cowgirl track and field team. Unofficially, their efforts landed NMHU a 26th place team finish in the indoor nationals.