Today's News

  • Fall arrives late in parts of Southwest

    By Susan
    Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Forests throughout the Southwest are growing quiet as the season for bugling elk comes to an end. The aspens in the high country and cottonwoods in the valleys are dropping their golden leaves, and snow has dusted mountain tops in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

    There’s no denying it’s fall.

    But for land managers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, it was a long time coming in some areas. They had to wait a few extra weeks for summer to loosen its grip.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 14, 2011

    Free concert at Ilfeld Tuesday The United States Air Force Academy Band will present a free public concert by the Academy Winds at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Ilfeld Auditorium on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

  • Weather - Nov. 14, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.  

    Sunny, with a high near 47. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 59. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 14, 2011

    City of Las Vegas utility customers can once again pay their bills at City Hall. The payment center at City Hall, 1700 North Grand, has re-opened and will be accepting payments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, though it will be closed during the lunch hour. The payment center is for payments only. Payments can still be made. at the Utility Department on 12th Street from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including through the lunch hour.

  • Academy Winds concert at Ilfeld Tuesday evening

    Submitted to the Optic

    The United States Air Force Academy Band’s Academy Winds will have a performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The stop is part of the groups week-long tour of New Mexico.

    The tour will be to perform free public concerts, work with college and high school students, and talk about education opportunities at the Air Force Academy as well as careers in the Air Force.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 14, 2011

    • Students at Sierra Vista Elementary, Legion Park Elementary, Los Niños Elementary, Early Childhood Center, Mike Mateo Sena Elementary and Memorial Middle School may be eligible to receive free tutoring under Title 1 Supplemental Educational Services part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The goals of this program are to help students succeed in school and do well on the upcoming state test, NMSBA. For more information, call the Las Vegas City Schools Bilingual/ Federal Programs office at 454-5700 ext. 111. Registration will close on Monday, Nov. 14.

  • Tim Dodge’s evaluation

    We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen a performance evaluation process with more twists and turns than the one conducted recently for Las Vegas City Manager Tim Dodge. On one end of the spectrum, we have a mayor who saw no wrong in Dodge’s performance, while on the other end, one city councilor raised some valid concerns — but only in the press, after the evaluation process itself.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 14, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: The blame game

    “Some folks hate the whites who hate the blacks who hate the klan; most of us hate anything we don’t understand.”

    — from Kris Kristofferson’s 1972 song “Jesus Was A Capricorn”

    On the far right, the Tea Party has tapped a vein of discontentment by blaming the government for all our problems. And on the far left, the Occupy Wall Street forces have laid the blame at the feet of the big corporations and their greed.

  • Redbirds trample Portales

    Robertson High football was a fixture in the Class 3A state playoffs through much of the 2000s, owing its sustained success largely to an exploitative defense and a run-happy approach that more often than not left defenders gasping for air by game’s end.

    Those same traits were again evident Saturday as the Cardinals eliminated Portales in the first round of state, 31-7. The Redbirds move on to the quarterfinals and a trip to No. 2 seed Silver this coming weekend.