Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Buggy rides — One of life’s simple pleasures

    Sometimes life’s pleasures come along in small doses. Very recently I had the pleasure of having both Bartley grandchildren here with their parents for several days of revisiting the ranch together. They are now in their mid-20s, and are interested in so many facets of this old place.

    Son John decided it was time for a slide show one night. My collection of slides that date back almost 50 years here paint quite a picture of life on the ranch, which included pictures of them when they were small. There are many pictures of horses and cows, of course.

  • Luna Community College Honor Roll

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College announced its Fall 2011 Vice President’s Honor Roll.  Inclusion on the Vice President’s Honor Roll requires students to successfully complete, without incomplete grades included, a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with at least a 3.66 GPA or higher.  Graded credit hours do not include S/U graded courses, audits or credit by exam.  

  • Challenge to schools: Embracing digital textbooks

    By Kimberly Hefling
    AP Education Writer

    WASHINGTON — Are hardbound textbooks going the way of slide rules and typewriters in schools?

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday challenged schools and companies to get digital textbooks in students’ hands within five years. The Obama administration’s push comes two weeks after Apple Inc. announced it would start to sell electronic versions of a few standard high-school books for use on its iPad tablet.

  • Students of the Month

  • Changes to film rules sought

    Concerns from Las Vegas merchants who were tired of losing business every time film makers showed up here and closed down their streets prompted the City Council to approve amendments to its film ordinance in July 2010.

    Those amendments included things like requiring film makers to apply for a film permit at least 45 days prior to filming and mandating that they gather signatures of support from 61 percent of businesses, homeowners or tenants who would be impacted by the filming.  

  • Preparing for the Worst

    Kimberly Lucero struggled in school until she found the Las Vegas Christian Academy, on East Drive, and began setting goals for herself like becoming a successful business owner.

    These days, her goal of simply obtaining a high school diploma has been muddied with the news that the academy, a local private school, will likely close its doors at the end of this school year because of financial problems.

    If that happens, Lucero will have to enroll somewhere else in order to receive her high school diploma.

  • Candidates briefed on city works

    If there’s one message City Manager Timothy Dodge tried to get across Monday evening to candidates running for city office it’s that the city is a complex organization that will likely spend $46 million this fiscal year alone.

  • Local man charged with sixth DUI

    State police arrested a 51-year-old Las Vegas man late Friday for driving under the influence, sixth offense.

    David J. Romero, who lives on the 300 block of Commerce, is also charged with driving with a revoked license and with failing to stop at a stop sign. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center where he was being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 1, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Authorities seek TB patient  

    CLOVIS — Eastern New Mexico authorities are searching for a man with contagious tuberculosis. The Department of Public Safety issued a news release Monday asking the public for help in finding 45-year-old Robert J. Gutierrez. He was last seen in Clovis on Friday.

    Gutierrez has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with lung disease. Gutierrez should be presumed to be infectious and should be placed in airborne isolation.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 1, 2012

    In 1935

    Saturday, Feb. 2 — Faculty members of Normal University were delightfully entertained Friday afternoon at tea at the home of Dr. and Mrs. H.C. Gossard. Special music was provided for the guests during the afternoon. This lovely social function was one of a series given every first Friday afternoon in the month by Dr. and Mrs. Gossard for the School faculty.