Today's News

  • In Brief - News - March 19, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Task force praised for work
    LAS CRUCES — A special border task force and increased federal support are being credited for helping reduce illegal migrant traffic along the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico.

    Ranchers on New Mexico’s border praised the Southwestern Border Security Task Force this week for the dramatic drop in border arrests in just six years, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

  • Regulators scrap emissions rules

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico regulators pulled the plug Friday on the state’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions among coal-fired power plants, refineries and other large polluters.

    The Environmental Improvement Board adopted a repeal petition filed last year by utilities and industry groups that were concerned about rising costs and New Mexico’s economic viability.

  • Students to design fashion for symposium

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Las Vegas and Taos high school students will have a chance to design high-tech accessories for an electronically enhanced fashion show called CorpusElectric that will be performed at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Albuquerque in September.

    The CorpusElectric Collective is a collaboration forged this spring between the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts Department, Taos Runway Vigilantes, an avant-garde fashion team, and 516 ARTS, an independent nonprofit arts venue based in Albuquerque.

  • Que Pasa - March 19, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson. The theme for the month is “Woman’s Month - Books Written for Children by Women.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Noticias - March 19, 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.

  • Continue the moratorium

    We’re not sure the county had much of a choice but to suspend the Oil and Gas Task Force, since the group has hit an impasse in its efforts to produce an ordinance to regulate drilling. But we are certain that the future course of action will be critical to the health and well-being of San Miguel County’s citizenry.

    To that end, we urge county officials to commit to something they’ve already indicated they’ll do: Extend the moratorium on drilling until a regulating ordinance has been thoroughly and publicly scrutinized and passed into law.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 19, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Musical inheritance

    “There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.”
    — Pythagoras, 5th century B.C.

    Several years ago, I made it my mission to give my daughters an appreciation for the music of my generation. After all, that’s something we did right.

  • NMHU names new volleyball coach

    Bryan Crawford has been hired as the head volleyball coach at New Mexico Highlands University, Athletic Director Ed Manzanares announced this past week.

    Crawford, 32, replaces Jim Deisler, who resigned from his position as volleyball coach to take a post as NMHU’s assistant athletic director for NCAA compliance and Title IX earlier this month.

  • Honoring ‘Coach’