Today's News

  • N.M. Centennial events planned throughout state

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico communities plan to celebrate New Mexico Statehood Day with a variety of activities commemorating the 100 years that have passed since President William H. Taft signed the legislation making us the 47th state in the Union.

    Some highlights planned in New Mexico communities are included below. Visit www.nmcentennial.org or the NM Centennial Facebook page for more.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 6, 2012

    • Barter Hours introductory meeting at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6 at Pedro's Bakery, 525 Grand Ave. Join us for a cup of coffee and find out about the Bartering group in Las Vegas. For more information, call 426-1468.

    • Movie Screening of  “Before We Say Goodbye” in Spanish, 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Rebekah Del Rio will be performing live before the showing. Free and open to the public.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME TO THE CENTENNIAL. As of today, statehood in New Mexico is 100 years old! Over the coming year, the state will be celebrating this momentous occasion in a variety of ways — and we look forward to it all.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Jan. 6, 2012
  • Another Perspective: Centennial letters

    On the morning of Jan. 6, the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors will host a first-day-of-issue event on behalf of the U.S. Postal Service and its New Mexico Centennial stamp. That we’re kicking off a year of Centennial activities at the History Museum with a stamp-related event delights my historian sensibilities by inviting New Mexico’s citizens to take part in a letter-writing project.

  • Nuestra Historia - Zion Hill and the early Protestant churches

    The first religious edifices erected in east Las Vegas were the Episcopal and Methodist churches, built within months of each other, at the intersection of Eighth Street and National Avenue, known since then as Zion Hill.

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Jan. 6, 2012

    The Des Moines (Iowa) Register on the Iowa Caucus (Jan. 4) — Iowa receives a lot of national attention during presidential caucuses. It also receives a lot of criticism. This year was no exception.

    The state isn’t representative of the country, some say. It isn’t diverse enough to be the place political parties begin selecting their nominees.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 6, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Victim may have caused crash
    SANTA FE — Santa Fe police say that a Santa Fe surgeon suspected of driving drunk and accused of causing a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl may have hit a car that passed a red light.

  • Candidates run at Obama

    By Beth Fouhy and Philip Elliott
    The Associated Press

    SALEM, N.H. — Each trying to sound every bit the nominee, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum looked past each other to run down President Barack Obama's economic policies Thursday as they jockeyed for support in New Hampshire and reached out to voters in conservative bellwether South Carolina.

    Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman were happy to level their criticism at Romney, casting the front-runner as too timid to take on Obama and bring about needed change.

  • Code Talkers group president dies

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  — Keith Little envisioned a place that would house the stories of the Navajo Code Talkers and where people could learn more about the famed World War II group who used their native language as a weapon.