Today's News

  • State sending artifact back to Peru

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — An ancient Peruvian artifact in the form of a monkey’s head given to the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe in 1995 is heading back home.

    The small gold pendant measuring 1-3/4 inches high by 2-1/4 inches wide was to be “repatriated” Thursday during a ceremony at Peru’s embassy in Washington.

    The small bead has been the subject of controversy amid allegations that it was looted from an archaeological site in Peru.

  • Police ask for help with investigation

    New Mexico State Police say a body discovered in Mora County on Nov. 2 is that of a 47-year-old  man reported missing from Colorado in 2010.

    The state Office of the Medical Investigator has identified the body as Paul E. Vigil, who was reported missing from Denver in October 2010.

  • Students of the Month
  • Que Pasa - Dec. 9, 2011

    • Barter Hours introductory and new member orientation meeting, 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec 9, at Traveler's Café on the Plaza. For more information, call 426-1468.

    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Conservation District monthly board meeting, 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at Luna Community College. For more information, call 425-9088.

  • Noticias - Dec. 9, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! EXACERBATING A TRAGEDY. Details regarding the deaths of two city employees just keep making things worse for the city. Immediately after Frank Romero, 49, and Gene Hern, 32, were killed when a trench collapsed on May 18, we learned that the 9.5-foot-deep trench hadn’t been properly reinforced. And now, through a Occupational Safety and Health Board report, we’re told two other employees expressed concern about the safety of the situation before the accident, but nothing was done.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 9, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Bridge, streets and trolleys

    When Las Vegas revelers greeted the arrival of the first train on July 4, 1879, their enthusiasm was confined to Railroad Avenue, unless they chose to ford the river to celebrate at a saloon or hotel on the west side — there was no bridge across the Gallinas.

    After Las Vegas was founded at the Old Town Plaza in 1835, the settlement expanded north, south and west, but not east, and there was no need for a bridge over the river. (The highlands and plains east of the river were used for grazing livestock and some dry farming.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Dec. 9, 2011

    The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press on medical marijuana (Dec. 2) — A formal federal recognition of marijuana as a prescription drug is the logical approach to the medical marijuana debate. The current state-by-state approach that challenges federal drug laws only invites confusion for doctors, patients, dispensaries and law enforcement agencies.

  • Stu Clark bracket announced

    So long, Atrisco Heritage and West Mesa.

    Bienvenidos, Moriarty.

    And welcome back, Santa Fe Capital. We’ve missed you. This time, stay a while.

    An annual holiday hoops tradition for half a century, the Stu Clark Tournament makes its return to the Wilson Complex from Wednesday, Dec. 28, through Friday, Dec. 30. The tourney features hometown favorites Robertson and West Las Vegas on their usual opposite ends of the bracket and brings six boys’ basketball teams from around the state for a three-day fest on the hardwood.