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Today's News

  • Alta Vista CEO ‘hit home’

    Maridel Acosta was born and raised on the tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, but finds the winter wonderland in her new home of Las Vegas heavenly.

    Coincidentally, Puerto Rico is known as the “Island of Enchantment,” while her new home is in the “Land of Enchantment.”

    Acosta said she jumped at the chance to take the Alta Vista job, but found there was an added bonus in moving to Las Vegas.

  • Nuestra Historia - The 36 original grantees

    The Las Vegas Land Grant was made in 1835 to 36 grantees, who were for the most part from San Miguel del Bado.

  • Orgullo del Norte - The people’s history

    Editor’s note: This the first of a series of articles intended to lead up to the unveiling of a community mural depicting the history of Las Vegas.

    “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”  — James Baldwin

    The principal reason why we don’t repeat the terrible side of history is due to nationalism. You will find this to be true in the history books of most nations.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 11, 2011

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • New Mexico Highlands University WinterFest — A Mariachi Valentine’s concert, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at historic Ilfeld Auditorium. Performers include London-bound 2012 Summer Olympic performers: Reynaldo Maestas, New Mexico’s first all-female mariachi - Mariachi Buenaventura and New Mexico’s premier ballet folklorico - Baila Baila from Albuquerque. For tickets and more information, call 454-3238.

  • Noticias - Feb. 11, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • A fund has been set up for Antonia Apodaca, a longtime local musician whose house was destroyed in a fire. Contributions can be made to the fund at Community First Bank.

    • Brain Injury Support Group, meets at 1 p.m. first Thursday of the month at El Centro Medical Clinic, 1235 Eighth Street. For more information, call Duane at 505-699-2491 or call the Brain Injury Association of New Mexico office at 505-292-7414.

  • Colors of Love — stroll through plaza sweetness

    By Elizabeth deMare
    Submitted to the Optic

    The world exhales a stark and lonely breath this time of year. Trees as gray and naked as your great grandmother’s bones line the Las Vegas Plaza.

    February makes you consider the world through muddy-colored glasses. Everyone’s a world-class curmudgeon with spit to share. Everyone wants spring, wants tulips and dandelions to sprout from aching, frozen brain.    Any groundhog will tell you that you ain’t gonna get your wish, not for at least four weeks and most likely six.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! LOTS OF EXPLAINING TO DO. Las Vegas gets its natural gas out of Colorado, but many other northern New Mexico communities, like Taos and Española, aren’t so lucky these days. Thousands of people have been enduring cold days and nights without their primary heating fuel, and it’s put New Mexico Gas Co. on the hot seat. Momentum is growing for legislative hearings to explore how such a sudden and unexpected shortage of natural gas occurred out of western Texas.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! LOTS OF EXPLAINING TO DO. Las Vegas gets its natural gas out of Colorado, but many other northern New Mexico communities, like Taos and Española, aren’t so lucky these days. Thousands of people have been enduring cold days and nights without their primary heating fuel, and it’s put New Mexico Gas Co. on the hot seat. Momentum is growing for legislative hearings to explore how such a sudden and unexpected shortage of natural gas occurred out of western Texas.

  • Another perspective: Dividing our blended state

    Raised in Northern New Mexico, in Mora County, I spoke Spanish as my first language. This was the only language I spoke at home and it was commonplace in our community to speak Spanish at the bank, the market, and among  our neighbors.

    Until I started school in the fall of 1955 I never thought of speaking English on a regular basis. It was a language foreign to me; I had heard my older brother and sisters speak it only in passing.

  • Round 1: Lady Cards

    Wednesday night’s Robertson-West Las Vegas girls’ basketball game may have been entertaining for fans, but it left both squads a little worse for wear.

    Robertson, the sixth-ranked team in Class 3A girls’ hoops, upended fourth-rated West Las Vegas 71-62  before several hundred spiritied fans at Gillie Lopez Gym. In the process, however, West’s Vanessa Lucero and Robertson’s Kassandra Tapia — both considered important team leaders — sustained injuries that cloud at least the near future for the Lady Dons and Lady Cardinals.