Today's News

  • Gov axes Mora funding

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed the $6.2 billion state budget Thursday afternoon, but not before eliminating several earmarks, including the $1.8 million that lawmakers had inserted in the bill for the Mora County Complex.

    The governor didn’t hold back in her veto message, taking the opportunity to blast the Mora County project, which has been stalled for years.

  • East expects to end year with surplus

    For years, the Las Vegas City Schools district has battled with its finances. This time around, however, according to district Superintendent Ruben Cordova, the district is expecting a cash balance at the end of the fiscal year.

    Cordova said he is anticipating a roughly $39,000 cash balance at the end of the fiscal year that ends on June 30.
    “It seems like this year we will stay within our budget,” Cordova told the board during a recent meeting.

  • Helping the hungry

    Las Vegas Optic

    A total of 5,674 pounds of food was collected for hungry area residents during a community-wide food drive last month.

    The drive was facilitated locally by city councilor Vince Howell and was a collaborative effort by the Food Depot and the Agency Relations Council. The drive concentrated specifically on protein.

  • New trustees
  • Weather - April 13, 2015

    Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 15-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • Budget boosts education, child welfare spending

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed a $6.2 billion budget Thursday boosting spending for education, child welfare, public safety and economic development.

    “This is a responsible budget that invests heavily in creating jobs and educating our children,” Martinez said. The signing was held at IntelliCyt, a 42-employee Albuquerque company which produces tools to facilitate the study of cells.

  • In Brief - News - April 13, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Bills aim to boost film production

    A pair of bills signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez are designed to give a boost to the state’s already booming film industry.

    A measure signed Friday expands the state’s film incentive program to allow qualifying television pilot episodes to receive additional rebates.

    Television productions currently qualify for a 30 percent tax rebate on direct expenditures if they film at least six episodes. The new law would allow pilots to receive that level of rebate.

  • HU’s Donnelly Library holding used book sale

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Book lovers will have a chance to stock up on a wide variety of best sellers, classics and nonfiction at the Donnelly Library used book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

    Donnelly Library at Highlands University is adjacent to the Student Union Building. The book sale will be in the library’s first floor lobby.

    The books are priced to sell at $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardbacks. On April 17 from noon to 4 p.m. bargain hunters can fill a bag of books for just $2.

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting  at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Traveler’s Café at 1814 Plaza to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

    Currently there are 45 children in the tri-county area in the foster care system. There is an urgent need for more foster parents in this community. 

  • Que Pasa - April 13, 2015


    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Never Say Boo to a Goose!” by Jakki Wood and Clare Beaton. Free and open to the public.