Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - April 6, 2012

    THUMBS UP! WISE DECISION. On Monday, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz sent Planning & Zoning Commission member Marvin Salazar a letter dismissing him from the volunteer position — a tough but necessary call, given the commissioner’s personal efforts to bypass the city’s process for placing a manufactured home on residential property in town.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 6, 2012
  • Dulcey Amargo - Stewed, blued and a bit unglued

    I’m sitting  around, stewing in the “melting pot” mockery that has a big, rusty patch on its underside and is ready to spew out all the mush held inside.

    Yes, I know, as former language instructor and especially as a trained technical writer, I should know better than to mix metaphors as I’ve done in the opening sentence and stick to writing clearly, accurately, and to the point. Sometimes, though, one can flout convention to make that point.

  • Nuestra Historia - Constitution approved; first election set

    On Jan. 21, 1911, the people of New Mexico went to the polls to approve the constitution which would make statehood a reality — and despite attempts in Washington over the years to change the ancient and venerable name, the first words of the new constitution proudly declared: “The name of this state is New Mexico.”

  • Montaño’s heifer wins grand champion title

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    Briana Montaño from O/X Ranch in Las Vegas brought home the Grand Champion title from the 2012 Houston Livestock Show. The Houston Livestock Show is the world’s largest livestock show that highlights world-class livestock. Montaño’s heifer brought the prestige title back home to the Meadow City.

    She has been showing registered Santa Gertrudis cattle since she was 7  and continues achieving success with her deep cherry red cattle.

  • Que Pasa - April 6, 2012

    • The office of the Las Vegas Optic will be closed on Friday, April 6 in observance of Good Friday. The office will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 9.
    • In observance of Good Friday the offices of San Miguel county will be closed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6. They will reopen on Monday, April 9.
    • Luna Community College will be closed on Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9 for Easter break. The college will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, April 10.

  • Honoring Fabian

    Northern New Mexico track and field athletes representing 10 schools gathered for an upbeat memorial service held not in a chapel but in the sun and shadows of Cardinal Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Mora sluggers break through

    The Mora Rangers picked up a breakthrough win in their first district baseball contest of the season on March 30, downing Peñasco 7-6.

    Mora sophomore pitcher Manuelray Benavidez earned the win after striking out 11 in seven innings. The Rangers’ leading hitter was Marcelino Herrera, who went 3 for 3. Benavidez helped his own cause, going 3 for 4, and senior Garrick Martinez hit 2 for 3.

    Mora couldn’t quite keep the momentum going in its next district game Tuesday in Pecos. The host Panthers won 3-1.

  • Gents back in action
  • Sipapu open again for skiers

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    VADITO, N.M. — After picking up more than a foot of new snow Monday night, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort announced Tuesday morning it would open for ski operations once more.

    Sipapu had been open weekends only since March 31, but after getting pounded with 14 inches of new snow last night, officials made the call to fire up the lifts again Tuesday morning.