Today's News

  • City director steps down from post

    Elmer Martinez, who served as the city’s community development director for more than 16 years, has stepped down from the post.

    Martinez is now the city’s transportation manager, overseeing Meadow City Express and the railroad depot facility. He requested the transfer in early December, and it became effective at the beginning of this year.

  • Flu cases now spiking across state

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The flu has walloped New Mexico with an early one-two punch and health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against the illness.

    Dr. Joan Baumbach, an epidemiologist in the New Mexico Department of Health, said Friday the flu has hit New Mexico earlier and harder than last year.

    “This is an unusually early flu season,” she said.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 14, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Jan. 14 — Lionel Taylor, former Highlands University football and basketball luminary, grabbed three passes in the AFL East-West game. The final pass, heaved by Denver Bronco teammate Frank Tripucka, won the game for the West.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 14, 2013

    Glimpses of the Past program kicking off
    Fort Union National Monument is kicking off its annual Glimpses of the Past program series. It will begin with the “Glimpses into the Future: 2013” program to be held at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St.

  • Weather - Jan. 14, 2013

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. South wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 1.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 12.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 21.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 5:10 p.m.

  • Noticias - Jan. 14, 2013

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

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 14, 2013

    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees January meeting, 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 at the Hillcrest Restaurant / Flamingo Dining Room. For more information, contact Tomás at 575-421-2455.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 14, 2013
  • Compromise in Santa Fe

    Tuesday begins a 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature, and it promises to be a rowdy one. There’s a contest for president pro tem, between Pete Campos of Las Vegas and Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces on the Senate side, a power void left in the House with the absence of the late Ben Lujan, and a governor who is already putting on the gloves to fight for her proposed budget. It all promises to be great entertainment for political animals statewide.

  • Editor's Note - ‘Water wars’

    Last week it was reported that Texas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to force New Mexico to share more water from the Rio Grande. Texas officials are accusing New Mexico of usurping a 2008 water-sharing agreement by pulling water out of the river before it gets to their state, and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King has countered that the agreement is unfair and that the Texans’ move is “tantamount to extortion.”