Today's News

  • Weather - August 1, 2011

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 59.


  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • LCC nursing program receives accreditation

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Luna Community College Nursing Program learned late last month that it has earned national accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. It is the first time in the program’s history that it has this distinction.

    Luna Community College nursing graduates can now apply for employment at any health facility including government hospitals. 

  • Que Pasa - August 1, 2011


    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 3 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Tell Me the Day Backwards” by Albert Lamb. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Noticias - August 1, 2011

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

    • Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas is about to start a new house. They build affordable homes for low-income families. If you are interested in helping with the next house (or in some other way), contact them at  454-4434 or habitatlv@gmail.com. They are looking for volunteers of any skill level.

  • Water planning

    It was an information-packed meeting Wednesday, when city officials and consultants presented their preliminary study and recommendations for Las Vegas to tackle its water problems.

    The bottom line: It’s going to cost. A lot.

    No surprise there. Everyone should know by now that the city is too heavily dependent on the Gallinas River for its water supply,  that our reservoirs are badly in need of repair, and that our water lines are leaking like sieves. No one said it would be cheap to address any of these problems.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 1, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: The magic of reading

    When I was a kid, I think I was dyslexic, only I didn’t know it. I don’t think anybody knew it. Years later, when I was in my 20s, my mother figured it out. She learned what dyslexia is, and remembered how I would read words backwards.

    I didn’t become much of a reader until I quit college at age 20.

  • Prep football opens practice

    Summer vacation is just about over for high school football players around New Mexico.

    The first official day of practice allowed by the New Mexico Activities Association for football is Monday, which means fields around the state will again be hubs of activity in the days ahead.

    Robertson will enter its second season under the direction of head coach Leroy Gonzalez and his staff, which includes veteran assistants like Adrian Gonzales and Chris Najar Jr.

  • The summer of Marco