Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 5, 2012

    Highlands parade is Saturday

     New Mexico Highlands University will hold its Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. this Saturday. This year’s theme is “Paint the Town Purple – Viva Highlands.” Parade entries may be picked up at the Office of Campus Life in the Student Center or by calling 454-3201, 454-3495, or 454-3590.

  • Weather - Oct. 5, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 5-15 mph. Areas of drizzle at night. Cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 10-20 mph, becoming east in the evening.

    Areas of drizzle. Cloudy, with a high near 48. South wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of light rain at night. Cloudy, with a low around 29.

    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 39.

    Sunrise ... Sunset

  • Romney barrels out of first debate

    By Kasie Hunt
    and Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press
    DENVER — Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his determination to take it to President Barack Obama with gusto. The president, intent on keeping his momentum from stalling, is warning that his GOP rival’s policy prescriptions for a fragile economy are more fantasy than reality.

  • RHS homecoming next week

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson High School homecoming week will take place from Tuesday, Oct. 9 to Saturday, Oct. 13. This year’s homecoming theme is “Homecoming Heroes.”

    Tuesday is Hero Day, students are asked to dress up as a super hero or hometown hero.

    Wednesday is Rancher / Farmer Day, dress as a local farmer or rancher.

    Thursday is class color day, seniors - pink, juniors - purple, sophomores, blue and freshman - orange.

  • Noticias - Oct. 5, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    •  Al-Anon Meetings for family and friends of alcoholics or problem drinkers take place in Faith Hall, behind St. Paul's Peace Church, 8th and National, at 5:45 p.m. on Mondays and noon on Fridays for an hour. Many relatives and/or friends of problem drinkers have learned through Al-Anon how to make their own lives more manageable, serene and happy whether or not the relative or friend stops drinking.  For information, call 425-6901.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 5, 2012

    • The City of Las Vegas Waste Water Treatment Facility will stop providing effluent reuse water for residential customers beginning at 3 p.m. on Oct. 5. The approval from the New Mexico Environment Department under the city’s DP-1118, Part V, allowed this use only for the 2012 growing season. Direct any questions to the Utilities Department at 454-3832.

  • Feds clear way for energy project

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — A proposed $350 million transmission project is one step closer to opening northeastern New Mexico to more solar and wind energy development thanks to a decision by federal regulators.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved a request by Lucky Corridor LLC that clears the way for the Colorado-based company to start selling transmission rights and services to energy developers on what would be 93 miles of beefed-up power lines.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 5, 2012

    THUMBS UP! HONOR FOR AN HONORABLE MAN. We hope former coach and Las Vegas mayor Henry Sanchez, who died last November at age 72, is smiling down right down. Highlands University has named the basketball floor in the Wilson Complex in his honor. Sanchez had a storied career as a New Mexico high school and college basketball coach, including as coach of the Highlands men’s team en route to a 702-450 won-loss career record.
    The lives he touched were immeasurable. We’re glad to see Highlands bestowing this honor on him.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 5, 2012


  • Nuestra Historia - Early schools prospered in East Las Vegas

    Education is dominantly interwoven in the tale of two cities, from their earliest days. Just as Catholics had done in Old Town beginning in the 1860s, Protestants established New Town’s first school, the Las Vegas Academy, built in 1880 at the southeast corner of Douglas Avenue and 12th Street. By 1886, the impressive two-story brick school had an enrollment of 121 boys and 10 girls, and seven teachers provided instruction.