Today's News

  • LANL facing contract dispute

    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — Talks between the security workers who protect Los Alamos National Laboratory and the contractor that employs them are stalled.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports replacement guards are preparing to deploy to protect employees and high-security areas at the northern New Mexico lab as early as next week if a resolution is not reached.

    The contract at issue covers about 230 workers. It’s set to expire April 25.

  • Heinrich apologizes for error

    The Associated Press

    U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich has repaid the federal government for reimbursements he received over a two-year period for personal taxi and ride-booking costs.

    The New Mexico Democrat’s office conducted a review of its records after USA Today came across a long series of small-dollar transactions for travel reimbursement as part of a review of Senate expenses.

  • River clean up
  • Noticias - April 20, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are at 6 p.m. every third Thursday in Faith Hall.

  • Que Pasa - April 20, 2015

    • No sales at Santa Fe National Forest offices on Tuesday, April 21. The temporary suspension is due to required training for customer service staff. Sales of permits, passes and maps will resume at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Customers may want to call the Forest Headquarters at 505-438-5300 or Ranger District Offices in advance to confirm the availability of permits.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 20, 2015
  • Reform is needed

    The figure is staggering.

    A report released by State Auditor Tim Keller last month states that there is $4.5 billion in unspent money just sitting around in the accounts of various state agencies. That’s a lot of money, particularly given that the entire state budget is about $6.2 billion.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - A week on the pages of small-town newspapers

    Every weekend, from my home office in Las Vegas, N.M., I find myself knee-deep in some old-fashion community journalism.

    It’s not a hobby. It’s for a news service I created two years ago next month — the New Mexico Community News Exchange, or CNEx for short. The service includes more than 15 newspapers around the state, along with a news-savvy radio station broadcasting out of Santa Fe.

  • Topes trump Aces in Reno

    Albuquerque’s luck against the Reno Aces carried over to Nevada over the weekend.

    The Isotopes (7-3 going into Sunday) never trailed Friday night after scoring four times in their first at-bats, cashing in for an 11-2 win.

    Left fielder Tim Wheeler hit 4 of 5, including a three-RBI home run in the first inning plus two doubles. He finished with five runs batted in.

    First baseman Ben Paulsen was 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI.

  • LV teams top 3 in Meadow City Invite

    Gusty conditions and cool temperatures made exemplary performances problematic, but a few athletes — including Robertson’s girls’ mile relay team — managed to qualify for state at Friday evening’s Meadow City Invitational.

    “It was a pretty good meet for us,” said Robertson girls’ coach Mike Maldonado. “This is a good group. They work hard.”

    So do the volunteers who helped stage the meet, a smooth-running affair that began at 3 p.m. and wrapped by 8 at Cardinal Stadium.