Today's News

  • Works of 50 artists featured - Large exhibition opens Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An exhibition of more than 50 established and up-and-coming New Mexico artists will be on display from Sunday to Oct. 15 at New Mexico Highlands University.

    An opening reception will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

  • Campaign sticker puts city in spotlight

    The photograph snapped near Plaza Park last month tells the story: A white city of Las Vegas parks department truck with a Susana Martinez for governor bumper sticker.

    City officials concede the bumper sticker should never have been on the city-owned vehicle in the first place. It’s unclear who placed the sticker there.

  • Bomb scare forces evacuation of hotels

    Authorities evacuated two hotels and shut down a half-mile stretch of North Grand Avenue on Monday after a man staying at one of the hotels told them he had placed a bomb in one of the rooms, San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil said.

    The evacuations of Best Western and Days Inn as well as the closure of Grand lasted a short while.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 13, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, Aug. 13 — Town Police Chief Melecio Perea wishes to inform all people in Las Vegas that the making of U-turns on Bridge St. between the bridge and the Plaza are illegal. Another thing that Chief Perea would like to stress is the fact that the Town and City dumps are the proper places to dump garbage, not in Town or City or anywhere else. Anyone caught doing so will also be prosecuted to the fullest extent, Perea said.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 13, 2014

    People’s Faire set for Aug. 23

    The 36th Annual People’s Fair will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Carnegie Library Park. Vendor applications are currently available at 140 Bridge St. or online at lasvegasartscouncil.org. Deadline is Aug. 16.

  • Weather - Aug. 13, 2014

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind around 10 mph.


  • Que Pasa - Aug. 13, 2014

    • Search and Rescue will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the state police headquarters in Las Vegas.

    • El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association board of directors meeting, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 49 Mirasol Rd. in Ojitos Frios subdivision. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Lupita Gonzales at lupitagonzales2002@yahoo.com.


  • Make work mandatory

    The food stamp program is an important safety net aimed at ensuring that those who are down on their luck don’t go hungry.

    According to an Associated Press story published in last Wednesday’s Optic, 420,000 New Mexicans receive food stamps, with roughly half of them being children. The average benefit is $265 a month, which really isn’t a lot considering the cost of food these days.

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 13, 2014
  • Work of Art: The rule of threes

    Going through my Facebook pages — a routine I follow almost every night — I came across the news that Robin Williams, 63, that comic genius has died; he committed suicide through asphyxiation, the early reports say.

    By “came across the news,” I played down the expression. It’s not as if I simply stumbled across that bit of news: It’s all over Facebook, and on virtually every TV channel, and certainly on the next day’s front pages of newspapers.