Today's News

  • AG urges feds to help ITT students

    The Associated Press

    Attorney General Hector Balderas is asking the federal government to protect students in the wake of an announcement by the for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute that it was shutting down its U.S. campuses.

    Balderas raised his concerns in a letter sent Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Education. He also called on New Mexico’s congressional delegation to investigate the sudden closure.

    The school said Tuesday it can’t survive recent sanctions by the Education Department.

  • Mora taps elementary principal as interim superintendent

    Ella Arellano was named acting superintendent of the Mora Independent School District after the board unanimously accepted the resignation of LeAnne Salazar-Montoya.

    Salazar-Montoya has previously told the Optic that she was resigning to focus on her family and her doctoral studies.

    “I’m pleased our district is moving forward,” board member Joseph Weathers told the Optic. “I believe that our students will have a successful school year.”

    Salazar-Montoya worked at the district for three months.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 9, 2016
  • Ribbon cutting coming up
  • Noticias - Sept. 9, 2016

    Submit your calendar items and notices to… mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Adoptive and Foster Spiritual Group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday at Our Lady of Sorrows religious education building. The group provides spiritual support to families with adopted and foster children. For more information, call Dolores Ortega or Savannah Montoya at 505-440-8686.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 9, 2016


    8 p.m.
    Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias comedy show will take place at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Complex on the campus of Highlands University. Tickets available online at fluffytickets.com. For information, call 454-3238.

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  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 9, 2016

    With the completion of the Highlands University Trolley Building, there’s finally an appropriate home for the university’s Media Arts and Technology Department. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 9, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Notes on the passing small-town scene

    For more than three years now, I’ve been collecting news out of small towns around New Mexico. I launched the Community News Exchange, or CNEx, as a news-sharing service in May 2013 and have been reading many of New Mexico’s smallest newspapers (either online or in hard copies mailed to me) ever since.

  • So we meet again

    At the end of his one and only season coaching West Las Vegas volleyball, Eric Zamora wasn’t in the gym with the Lady Dons, an exile that was either self-imposed or encouraged, depending on the source.

    On Tuesday night, Zamora was back at Gillie Lopez, only this time leading the opponents, Class 5A contender Valencia.

    The Lady Dons, a markedly younger group than the one suited up at the end of last season, gave the visiting Lady Jaguars a tough challenge before falling in four sets, 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21.