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Today's News

  • Above and Beyond: A master of mariachi

    Wherever Martin Sena teaches he makes his students shine, partly because he makes learning fun.

    But mostly when they listen to this master of mariachi, they find themselves at ease on stage because they’re confident in their skills.

    “This is something easy for me to do because the kids like it so much,” Sena said. 

  • Lawmaker's Perspective: The coming fiscal year

    The New Mexico Legislature did a lot of work during the regular 30-day session to prepare good tax policy proposals to fill the “sinkholes” that are threatening the provision of core government services.

    Although we had a 30-day window to set the framework to raise sufficient revenues to fund an efficient level of government and to compose a prudent budget, revenue projections have been volatile and we’ve been getting reliable indications that revenues are falling further, perhaps by as much as $100 million.  

  • Letter: Las Vegas treats its strays badly

    One measure of a solid, stand-up community is how they treat their stray animals. A town that takes these animals in and does its best to ensure they are cared for medically and returned home or rehomed is a stand-up town. Las Vegas has a very bad reputation when it comes to helping its animals most in need.

  • Letter: Criticism of ruling is inaccurate

    Robert Pearson’s Feb. 5 letter in the Optic suggests a response. The Supreme Court’s decision to which he refers is Citizens v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling which did not “overthrow a century of practice and decades of legal rulings” as Pearson states.

  • Four firsts for Highlands' Graham in RMAC

    Angella Graham of New Mexico Highlands University was named the meet’s top female athlete in this past weekend’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Golden, Colo.

    Graham won four individual events — the pentathlon, high jump, long jump and triple jump — and was a runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles.

    The effort led the Cowgirls to a third-place team finish behind only national powerhouse Adams State and Nebraska-Kearney.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, wishes to again thank the United World College and Tome on the Range for their partnership in the successful Literacy Fair held Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. This year’s theme was “Where the Wild Things Are: Adventures in Reading.”

  • Lady Dons hope for high seed

    West Las Vegas got one step closer to its dream of postseason glory in girls’ basketball with a come-from-behind 50-43 win over St. Michael’s on Wednesday in the District 2-3A tournament.

    The Lady Dons were to play regular-season runner-up Pojoaque Valley on Thursday night at Ben Lujan Gym in Jacona; Thursday’s victor plays at regular-season champ Santa Fe Indian School on Saturday afternoon.

  • Letter: Politicians out to save their jobs

    Is it me? Or can it be that alcohol, and all its outlets, were not even considered in the quest to increase tax revenues to offset the shortcomings in the state budget? Instead, our august group of lawmakers have pushed the envelope to where they will tax us all with yet another “special” session. Our trek to maintain professional politicians continues. City, county and state pols have learned from our federal politicians that their job is the only one worth saving.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    New Mexico Highlands University and the Ilfeld Auditorium would like to express our tremendous gratitude to all of the local businesses around the wonderful city of Las Vegas who purchased ads in the Blue Oyster Cult concert program for Winterfest 2010. We would like to thank the City of Las Vegas Lodgers Tax Board for their support of the concert and their contribution. A special thanks to “Ravenous,” who rocked the house opening for the legendary Blue Oyster Cult!

  • Letter: White Peak land swap is a scam

    I have been keeping up with the news of the proposed land swap New Mexico Land Commissioner Pat Lyons is trying to complete. What a disgrace. Shame on this man. The sooner he completes his term in office the better!