Today's News

  • Monuments a point of contention in D.C.

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Desert ranchers in New Mexico are hoping the new GOP administration in Washington will dramatically shrink a recently designated national monument in the south of the state where outlaw Billy the Kid and Apache leader Geronimo once sought refuge.

    The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is among 27 monuments where a review ordered by President Donald Trump might remove protections previously considered irreversible.

  • Weather - July 2, 2017


    HIGH 86°/ LOW 55°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
    5:49 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 89° / LOW 54°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Monday night ­— partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
    5:50 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


  • Senior Lunch Menu — July 2, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Menu for July 3 to June 7.

    Closed for the Fourth of July Holiday

    Closed for the Fourth of July Holiday

    Breakfast: Raisin Bran, apple juice, and English muffin with peanut butter
    Lunch: Baked ham, stuffing, green beans, dinner roll, and diced pears

    Breakfast: Boiled eggs, orange, yogurt, and bran muffin

  • Que Pasa - July 2, 2017

    7 a.m.
    The annual Fourth of July Fiestas starts at 7 a.m. with Southwest Capital Bank’s Fiestas Run, followed by Mariachi Cardenal at 9:45 a.m. Al Guadagnoli at 10:45 a.m., Brenda Ortega at noon, Gabriela Tafoya at 1:45 p.m., Gonzalo at 2:15 p.m., Sarah Lewis at 4:15 p.m., Carlos Medina at 4:45 p.m., Los Charros at 6:45 p.m., Christina Perea at 8 p.m., and Suavecito at 9:15 p.m. Fiestas take place until July 4.

    7 a.m.

  • City schedule for this week

    Submitted to the Optic

    Below is the City of Las Vegas Solid Waste pick up schedule  for the Fourth of July holiday:

    • Monday, July 3 — Regular and commercial routes will be on regular pick-up. Transfer station will be open, but city hall will be closed. The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be open for regular hours.

    • Tuesday, July 4 ­ — Residential route will not be picked up. Commercial routes will be picked up. Transfer station will be closed. The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m..

  • ‘Big pharma’ must own opioid issues

    The following editorial appeared in the Denver Post on June 20.

    An important question for the nation as it struggles with its opioid epidemic is whether, or to what degree, Big Pharma is behind the disaster. Were doctors too often swayed by drugmakers in prescribing painkillers needlessly? Were the drugmakers aware of the dangers of addiction but unwilling to change practices in marketing the drugs? Could more have been done to make the drugs harder to abuse?

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 2, 2017
  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Where you are standing now

    By Beth Urech

    “Long ago, God circled a spot on the map exactly where you are standing now.”

    How do these words affect you? Do they affirm that you are in the right place at the right time, or do you think, “Whoever wrote that has a lot of nerve.”

  • Just a Thought: Change your life, change your world

    By Rick Kraft

    It is a Saturday morning and I am at my keyboard beginning my 896th “Just A Thought” Column. I begin by asking myself the question, “What can I write to change the life of each of my readers in Las Vegas?”

    This question pushes and challenges me as I really do take this weekly column writing seriously. Each of you is so diverse and at a different spot on the path of life that no single message will meet every one of your needs.

    Some of you are in the middle of one of the worst storms that has ever hit your life.

  • From the Highlands President - Here are three solutions to help higher ed

    By Sam Minner

    For quite some time, there’s been a debate on how to make colleges and universities more responsive and relevant to today’s world. Like my colleagues at New Mexico Highlands and other institutions around New Mexico, I am committed to improving higher education for our students, their families and our communities. Good solutions to these issues can come from any source, and I work hard to be open to ideas and recommendations from anyone who takes the time to speak with me about them.