Today's News

  • Weather - Feb. 20, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Windy, with a west wind 30-35 mph, decreasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 19. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.  

    Sunny, with a high near 52. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:42 a.m. to 5:47 p.m.

  • FYI - News - Feb. 20, 2012

    Still trying to figure out which mayoral candidate you’ll vote for? The Optic is hosting a forum for all eight mayoral candidates from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (Monday) at the Memorial Middle School auditorium. Come see where each candidate stands on the issues. The forum includes a segment where candidates answer questions from the audience. 

  • Noticias - Feb. 20, 2012

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

    • Free 2012 Tax Returns – federal and state — will be prepared for low- and middle-income taxpayers by Certified AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers. No complicated filings. Do not have to be retired or an AARP member to receive services. Seven days and evenings are scheduled at NM Highlands University, 903 Baca St. (at 9th Street) between Feb. 14 and April 14. Call for an appointment at 505-425-6261 or 479-466-5161.  

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 20, 2012


    • The Las Vegas Optic’s mayoral candidate forum will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Memorial Middle School auditorium.


    • 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.

  • Wise move, timely idea

    The Las Vegas City Council’s decision to terminate the city’s contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce was a wise move.  Public confidence in the chamber’s ability to serve the local businesses has all but disappeared, so cutting off the public funds was a necessary move.

    Now comes the formidable task of rebuilding. The city, after all, needs a chamber of commerce that effectively supports, promotes and markets the business community in such a way as to encourage economic development and job growth.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 20, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Election criteria

    Maybe it’s all the forums. I listened to bits and pieces of the radio station forums for the council and mayoral candidates. I attended the Community Water Board forums. Now I’m in the middle of moderating the Optic’s candidate forums. And next week I plan to attend the two business-specific mayoral forums being sponsored by the Las Vegas Independent Business Alliance.

  • HU scares nationally ranked Metro

    Three points. Four points.

    That’s all that separated New Mexico Highlands from nationally ranked Metro State (women and men, respectively) on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex.

    Upsets would’ve been just what the doctor ordered for Highlands teams fighting for their playoff lives as the regular season winds down.

  • East-West sequel more sedate

    This time, all the drama was in the actual basketball.

    Robertson rolled past West Las Vegas 82-65 on Thursday at Mike Marr Gym, and unlike the crosstown rivals’ first meeting, this contest remained civil throughout.

    After a close first half, the Cardinals broke the game open after intermission, using a run of 17 uninterrupted points to put things out of reach.

  • Mora, RHS top districts

    The Mora Rangers clinched the District 2-2A regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in this week’s district tournament on Saturday by beating Peñasco 84-64 at Montoya Gym in Mora.

    Mora, which got 33 points from Tim Romero, improved to 23-3 overall and 7-1 in district.

    Coach James Branch and his team join the Robertson Lady Cardinals and their mentor Rick Armijo and the Wagon Mound Trojans and coach Bobby Clouthier as area teams who have claimed outright district championships in recent days.