Today's News

  • Weather - July 9, 2012

    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 56. North wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.


  • AG criticizes GOP records request

    The Associated Press

    A request made by the New Mexico Republican Party under the state Inspection of Public Records Act drew fire Friday from Democratic Attorney General Gary King.

    The party sent the request to King’s office two weeks ago seeking any emails and attachments concerning public business that were sent by King from his personal email addresses.

  • County to get $730,161

    San Miguel County stands to receive $730,161 from the federal government while Mora County is in line to receive $166,741 for the current fiscal year through a program aimed at compensating counties for federal lands that can’t be taxed by local governments.

    Sen Jeff Bingaman announced the funding in a news release last month. All together, New Mexico counties will get $34.8 million.

    The so-called payment in lieu of taxes funding is administered through the Department of the Interior.

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  • Que Pasa - July 9, 2012

    • Earn Your Wings at Amazing Wonders Aviation Vacation Bible School, from 8:30 a.m. to noon from July 9 to July 13 at First Baptist Church on Mountain View Drive. To register, call Raychel at 426-7466 or email- radhosch@hotmail.com.
    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees will hold its July meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 9 at the Plaza Hotel Conservatory. Select of delegates to the State Convention and Planning for the 2012 NMAER State Convention. For more information, call Tomás at 575-421-2455.

  • Noticias - July 9, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Las Vegas unit of the American Red Cross helps individuals who have suffered a house fire plus engages in other emergency activities. Meetings are one Tuesday evening a month at 6 p.m. Those interested in becoming volunteers may contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224 or conniec@desertgate.com.

  • Substance, please

    The New Mexico primaries may have decided a number of in-state races, but they didn’t really impact the presidential race. Barack Obama has been in re-election mode for months now, and Mitt Romney sewed up the Republican nomination weeks ago in Texas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 9, 2012
  • Editor's Note - The Farmers’ Almanac

    Call me an old fogey if you want, but I think the Farmers’ Almanac is an interesting read.

    I can’t say I’m a loyal buyer of the annual booklet, but I’ve been perusing it for years, as a “gift” to this and other newspapers I’ve worked at. In other words, it’s a freebee I’ve enjoyed.

    This year, however, I didn’t receive one (or somebody else around here got hold of it before I did). So I was pleased to find a complimentary copy sitting on the counter at Quality Motor Co., which I gladly snatched up.

  • North-South back in LV for Round 2

    More of the summer’s most-anticipated All-Star competitions are in the Meadow City this week.

    The Class 2A-3A North-South games in football and boys’ and girls’ basketball are scheduled this coming weekend to conclude a full week of related activities — including a Thursday banquet featuring New Mexico Military athletic director Reggie Franklin — and team practices. Honorees are due in town Monday to begin practice.