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Today's News

  • Recognizing the real enemy

    Just a Thought — By Rick Kraft

    “I am not the enemy.”

    Typically, when a person says this, he or she is correct. In a nutshell, the person is saying they are being treated as if they are the enemy when they are really on the same team.

    I heard this phrase at a family reunion recently and it got my mind thinking. There is a certain amount of conflict in any relationship or in any association.

  • Vigil and Maltais hold audience in their spell

    Beth Speaks For Herself — By Beth Urech

    In the corner of a large room with warm red walls stands an impressive grand piano. Large windows overlook the Plaza Park whose multi-colored string of lights adds a festive note.

    An ornate candelabra holds three real candles which flicker in anticipation. That is the setting for the Sept. 20 concert at our Plaza Hotel. When you turn your gaze, you’ll see men and women seated and quietly speaking.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

  • Man found deceased at home during fire

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An elderly adult male was found deceased outside of a home in the 500 block of Ninth Street when the Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a call about a fire Wednesday afternoon.

    The fire was called in at about 4:30 p.m. According to City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer Lee Einer, the LVFD response time by was two minutes. Einer said the deceased man was apparently non-ambulatory (wheelchair-bound,) and was found outside the home. 

  • Wagon Mound hoping to improve ambulance coverage

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Fifty years ago, it was common for a New Mexico State Police trooper or a county sheriff’s deputy to use their vehicle to transport someone who needed emergency medical care.

    As time rolled on, ambulance service has been brought into rural communities, with an endless series of success and setbacks, especially in towns along major highways. Wagon Mound is one of those highway communities still struggling to get and keep ambulance service.

  • Another man added to list of Catholic accusers

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Another anonymous man was recently added to the list of alleged victims of abuse from a longtime Las Vegas priest.

    John Doe No. 71 came forward in early September to confront the Archdiocese for the repeated sexual abuse he suffered as a six-year-old child at the hands of Fr. Hubertus Lomme at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in the 1950s.

  • A love that never tires

    Those who drive around Camp Luna receive a visual treat as they walk or drive along Avenida Hermosa, where there’s an array of teacups, sugar bowls and flowers adjacent to the property line.

    The creator of these objects, Charles (Charlie) Tapia, has devised a variety of collectible and attractive objects made simply of used tires.

    “I get most of my tires free,” said  “because people keep discarding them.”

  • Two west-side streets to get pavement, sidewalks

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to a recemt City of Las Vegas news release, a historically underserved west-side area of the city will soon be getting sidewalks, gutters and pavement.

    The improvements will be made in the ward of Councilman David Ulibarri. He lives near the project site.

  • Cowgirl and Cowboy Pride

    Many Highlands University teams, groups, clubs and organizations participated in the school’s Homecoming festivities, which ran from Sept. 8-17. Here are photos taken by Margaret McKinney of NMHU; look for Theresa Wesner’s photos in Sunday’s Optic.

  • Highlands sends team for hurricane relief

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is sending a 40-member team of faculty, students and staff to Texas to provide aid to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which experts are calling the largest natural disaster in U.S. history.

    Hurricane Harvey made landfall in south-central Texas late Aug. 25 as a category-four hurricane, the highest ranking, with winds topping 130 miles per hour. The hurricane brought heavy rains of up to 50 inches in some areas.