Today's News

  • Palace founding in question

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Newly discovered documents show that the state’s historic Palace of the Governors might have been built later than originally believed, New Mexico’s state historian said.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks said documents show that the nation’s oldest continuously occupied public building may have been constructed around 1618.

    That’s nearly a decade after the 1610 date most thought the building was erected.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 17, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Partnership aims to help women
    ALBUQUERQUE — Bernalillo County is partnering with the state Department of Health and University of New Mexico Hospital to clear the way for new services to help pregnant women with drug and alcohol problems.

    County commissioners voted unanimously this week to accept $250,000 from the University of New Mexico to support the Milagro program.

  • Smooth, soulful sounds
  • Recital to feature Highlands faculty

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University music faculty will present a free recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 featuring contemporary compositions by faculty as well as works by Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and more.

    The recital is in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall.

    The musical program begins with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Benedictus, from Mass in B Minor with Andre Garcia-Nuthmann at tenor, Billie Matthews on flute, and Linda King on piano.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 17, 2012

    • Selected art works by Antonio Madera will be exhibited in the Ray Drew Gallery until Feb. 17. For information, contact Bob Read at 454-3338.

    • Movie Night at Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary, 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. We welcome all Families, Friends and Neighbors. Sponsored by the DCM PTO.

  • Noticias - Feb. 17, 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.  

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM. While the turnout at Monday night forum wasn’t so impressive (there were about 50 in the audience) the candidates themselves made the evening interesting and enlightening. And with 100 percent attendance from the eight candidates seeking to replace Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore on the Las Vegas City Council, they all had their say.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 17, 2012
  • Another Perspective - Mora County Courthouse

    By Thomas M. Sanchez

    The Mora County Commission held two public meetings in recent months to hear public input on steps to move forward with the Mora County Complex.

    Last December, local residents participated in an open public meeting to express concerns about the project as well as suggestions for taking steps to complete the project. Additionally, during a commission meeting in late January, residents had another opportunity to provide input on a request for funding for the Mora County Complex for submission to the New Mexico State Legislature.

  • Nuestra Historia - The handshake that doomed statehood

    After New Mexico became a Territory in 1850, statehood was not seriously considered by Congress for another quarter century. Then, on a fateful day in 1875, an assenting handshake proved disastrous, and delayed admission for yet another 35 years.

    During its 62 years as a Territory, New Mexico sent 18 delegates to Congress, equally divided between Hispanics and Anglos. They included seven Democrats and 11 Republicans.