Today's News

  • Wildfire near lab swells

    By P. Solomon Banda and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M.  — A vicious wildfire spread through the mountains above a northern New Mexico town on Tuesday, driving thousands of people from their homes as officials at a government nuclear laboratory tried to dispel concerns about the safety of sensitive materials.

  • Fireworks Flap

    Carol Johnson is afraid. City Fire Chief Phillip Mares is afraid. Same goes for Bruce McAllister and a host of other city residents who see the tinder dry conditions, the city’s dwindling water supply and fireworks as a recipe for disaster.

    “I’m scared, and at this point everybody is,” says Johnson.

    Adds McAllister: “This year, everything is so tinder dry that allowing any kind of fireworks is just coming back and saying, we’re going to burn the town down... My God, how many fires do we have going in the state now?”

  • Mora school principal not rehired

    The principal of Mora Elementary School is out of a job and a school board member says it was because she stood up to the superintendent.

    Anita Roybal was terminated earlier this month, according to board member George A. Trujillo.

    “In my opinion, she was doing an excellent job with the education of our kids, and in my opinion, she got fired because she defended her staff,” Trujillo said.

  • East schools jobs re-advertised

    Las Vegas City Schools recently advertised for several administrative positions.

    They are: director of maintenance and transportation, director of co-curricular activities and director of curriculum and instruction. Just a few weeks prior to the new positions being posted, however, the district had already advertised for similar positions.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, June 28 — The largest real estate deal that has been transacted in this county for several months has just been consummated by J.D. Hand, who sold the Clyde ranch near Watrous to Messrs. J.R. Hill and J.O Pratt of Gulfport, Miss., and C.R. Ellery of Biloxi, Miss. The price was in the neighborhood of $100,000. Spot cash was paid in closing the deal...  They expect to develop the Clyde ranch and colonize it. The tract contains something over 5,000 acres.

  • Looking Ahead - News June 29, 2011

    Fiestas begin Friday

    The fiestas kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. The reina candidates then walk in a procession toward Plaza Park. There, the fiesta’s new reina is crowned.

  • Weather - June 29, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind between 15 and 20 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 61. South wind 10-20 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.  


  • 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.

  • Friends group connects local students with nature

    Submitted to the Optic

    During this past school year, Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge enabled 10 Las Vegas fourth and fifth grades to benefit from a field trip to LVNWR, with two more field trips to be scheduled for September.

    Friends’ volunteers conduct a pre-visit in student classrooms, in which each student dissects an owl pellet. These classroom activities are designed to prepare the students for their field trip.

  • Noticias - June 29, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@

    • A survivors fund has been set up for the families of Gene Hern and Frank Romero. The following are the accounts: Children of Gene Hern, Wells Fargo account number 7040660958 and the widow of Frank Romero, Wells Fargo account number 7040660941.

    • The city of Las Vegas employee union has set up memorial funds for Gene Hern and Frank Romero at the State Employees Credit Union. The Hern account number is 3001582700 and the Romero account is 3001582710.