Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! TERRIBLE TIMING. We understand the need to resolve certain legalities, once and for all, regarding the city’s new charter, but now?  Las Vegas councilor Andrew Feldman said the more he studied the new charter, which was passed by a majority of voters in 2000, the more he grew concerned, so now he’s ready to challenge it in court.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Jan. 27, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - New Mexico becomes a territory

    After 1846, New Mexico was under absolute U.S. military rule for almost five years. A limited civil government was appointed by whatever U.S. Army commander was in charge, following the departure of Gen. Stephen Watts Kearny. (After his invasion in Aug. 1846, Kearny stayed in New Mexico only 40 days, continuing his march west to occupy California, where he declared himself military governor in March 1847.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation

    The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colo., on tracking suspects with GPS technology (Jan. 23) — The U.S. Supreme Court demonstrated that the U.S. Constitution is flexible enough to handle 21st century, high-tech issues, but it is solid enough to protect citizens’ rights even when dealing with such issues.

    And by the way, the court did so unanimously.

    The court ruled that police must obtain a search warrant before using Global Positioning System technology to track a criminal suspect.

  • N.M.’s First Gentleman to attend literacy fair

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of  Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will host the fourth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. The theme for this year’s event is “Reach for the Stars:  Read, Read, Read.”

  • Noticias - Jan. 27, 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 - Jan. 27, 2012

    • Museum Cafe Series — The Long Road to Statehood, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the City Museum. Rick Hendricks, state historian, will talk about the 62-year effort leading to statehood. Issues involved in the struggle included the Civil War, bigotry, Texas expansionism, and dysfunctional politics. A participatory discussion will follow the presentation.

  • Mora County Notebook: Schools busy with homecoming festivities

    Mora Schools are celebrating their homecoming. The results of the homecoming game and royalty will not be known until after the Friday Optic has gone to press. So we will have to wait for that until next week.

    In the meantime the school is gearing up for a great week looking forward to seeing many of its alumni coming home for the big occasion.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 27, 2012

    Community Calendar

    5:30 p.m.— Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Santa Fe Prep, home, junior varsity and varsity
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Mesa Vista, away, junior varsity and varsity
    2 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Mesa Vista, away, junior varsity and varsity
    5 p.m. — Middle School Rangers basketball vs.  Peñasco, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The lovely photos of the past

    Surprise of surprises for me, when I turn to page 52 in New Mexico Magazine and discover a photograph of my parents, the Gellenthiens, in the Feb. 2012 issue. This is yet another very good issue of the magazine in that the photography alone is spectacular.