Today's News

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 22, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Anti-corruption bill signed by Gov.

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law legislation that could require public officials convicted of corruption-related crimes to give back to the state their salaries and forfeit their accrued state pension benefits.

    The new law takes effect May 16.

    The former prosecutor said in a statement the measure sends a message that corruption in New Mexico will not stand.

  • Latinos speaking out

    By Russel Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like “coming home.”

    The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in “the middle of Mayan ruins,” appreciated the faith’s strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos.

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  • Mishler scholarship recital Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Six New Mexico Highlands University’s music students will perform in the Thomas Mishler Scholarship Recital starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall at 905 University Ave.
    The recital will feature Daniel Torres, Rochelle Ortiz, Joseph Rivera, Nicole Robinson, Amanda Melendrez and Isaac Hidalgo.  

    The musicians auditioned for the annual scholarship and also wrote an essay.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 22, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Under the Ocean” by Michael Garland. The theme for the month is “Leap Year Laughter.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Noticias - Feb. 22, 2012

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

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

  • Doing the right thing

    In January 2010, this newspaper ran a letter to the editor from Michael Savino of Seminole, Fla., regarding a recent 10-day visit he and his wife enjoyed in Las Vegas. In his letter, he complimented the people here as “friendly and welcoming” then went on to write about the disturbing number of  tethered dogs in town, with limited access to food and water and warmth during the cold winter nights.

    “Many of the chained dogs that I saw barked and snarled menacingly at me and my dog when I passed during my walks,” Savino wrote.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 22, 2012
  • Work of Art - The meaning of ‘omberrrs’

    Question: Take a typical Las Vegas cholo with his pants sagging to the point where one inch lower might get him arrested, and with one of the pants cuffs being swallowed by his shoe a bit more than the other.

    What is the logical answer to his situation?

    “Not even.”

    Wrong! The words might be correct on paper, but the articulation of these words proves simply that one can’t always give an accurate rendering of certain words merely by looking at the orthographics.
    Let me explain:

  • Cowgirls upset No. 5 WTAMU

    Brittany Potter and Erica Wieck both homered and combined for five runs batted in as New Mexico Highlands’ softball team upset NCAA Division II’s No. 5 ranked West Texas A&M 12-4 on Sunday in Canyon, Texas.

    The win gave the Cowgirls a split of Sunday’s doubleheader and boosted their record to 5-5, all the games to date having been played on the road.

    NMHU will open its home schedule this coming weekend with a four-game series against Colorado School of Mines, beginning Saturday at Cowgirl Field.