Today's News

  • Weather - August 10, 2011

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. North wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.


  • FYI - News

    The New Mexico Environment Department has issued a boil water advisory for the Agua Pura MDWCA water system located near Chacon in Mora County after E.coli was confirmed in water samples.  Agua Pura MDWCA consumers should boil water for five minutes before drinking, cooking, dishwashing and bathing.

  • Former NM official Lou Gallegos dies

    The Associated Press

    RIO RANCHO — Longtime New Mexico governmental official Lou Gallegos has died at the age of 72.

    Gallegos was chief of staff for former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson and former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. He also served in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Interior departments.

    Gallegos died Saturday after a long illness.

    Gallegos served as Johnson's chief of staff from 1995 to 2001. He helped coordinate implementation of a welfare-to-work program and managed care administration of Medicaid.

  • Que Pasa - August 10, 2011


    • Search and Rescue will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the Professional Home Health Care Annex, 1931 Seventh in Las Vegas, across from the Forest Service office.

    • VFW Meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the VFW. Elections must be held or the VFW will be closed.

  • Noticias - August 10, 2011

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

    • Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas is about to start a new house. They build affordable homes for low-income families. If you are interested in helping with the next house (or in some other way), contact them at  454-4434 or habitatlv@gmail.com. They are looking for volunteers of any skill level.

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  • Highlands institute emphasizes math, science

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University School of Education’s second Middle Level Institute July 31 to Aug. 3 presented best practices for teaching sixth through eighth grade youth, with emphasis this year on teaching science, technology, engineering and math content.

  • Block must resign

    While we’re usually glad to defer to the wisdom of the voters, in the case of Jerome Block Jr. we must say that he never should have been elected in the first place. Northern New Mexico did a disservice to itself by choosing him to represent District 3 on the Public Regulation Commission.

  • Handwriting off the wall

    Remember those looping, joined-up letters that for centuries have stood as signs of education and sophistication? We used to call that bit of artistry penmanship, or, so as not to offend anyone, let’s call it “penpersonship.”

  • Street soccer at The Pit

    Several Las Vegas-based teams took part in the En La Kalle Street Soccer Tournament held July 30-31 at the parking lot of the University of New Mexico Arena, better known as The Pit. A portion of the proceeds benefitted UNM soccer player Patrick Grange, who has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.