Today's News

  • Hanukkah: Maccabees, menorahs and miracles

    By Diana Presser
    For the Optic

    This weekend, the Judeo-Christian world will celebrate their respective miracles of Divine light: Christians will recall the Star of Bethlehem guiding the Magi to the Baby Jesus, and Jews will commemorate the Festival of Light, or Hanukkah.  

    Both of these events occurred during the Second Temple Period, spanning over 400 years from 516 BCE to 70 CE, when Jerusalem’s Temple stood as the spiritual center of Judaism in the ancient world.  

  • Through Santa’s eyes

    By Carol Ann Conner

  • Fourth behavioral health provider leaving New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A fourth Arizona-based provider of substance abuse and mental health services is leaving New Mexico.

    The New Mexican reports that Valle del Sol is one of five Arizona nonprofits that began contracting with the New Mexico Human Services Department in 2013 to provide treatment for low-income New Mexicans.

  • Weather - Dec. 25, 2016


    HIGH 34° / LOW 18°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Windy.
    Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 18. Breezy.
    7:08 a.m. to 4:54 p.m.


    HIGH 43° / LOW 21°
    Sunny, with a high near 43. Monday night — mostly clear, with a low around 21.
    7:09 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Dec. 25, 2016

    Friday, Dec. 30, 1966 — The West Las Vegas Dons. Winners of the 1966 Stu Clark Tournament, had their trophy presented to them by Gov. David Cargo. The Dons won the eight-team tournament by defeating Taos Central Catholic School, 63-50. The team consists of Adam Griego, Harlan Allison, Christy Patron, Carlos Montoya, Joe Lopez, Sal Esquibel, Alfred Griego, Frank Montenegro, Eddie Ortega, Sixto Chavez, Steve Longchase and Benny Gallegos, who led all scorers with 35.

  • Students of the month - Dec. 25, 2016
  • Que Pasa - Dec. 25, 2016

    10 a.m.
    A worship service will take place starting at 10 a.m. followed by a Christmas dinner at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Church located at 2207 Seventh St. in Las Vegas. Both events are open to the public.

    9:30 a.m.
    The local First United Presbyterian Church will host Christmas Day services at 9:30 a.m. with contemplative Taizé and at 10:30 a.m. with a Christmas Carol service at the church located at 1000 Douglas Ave. For more information, call 425-7763.

  • Is there a Santa Claus?

    Editor’s note: The following editorial, written by Francis Pharcellus Church, was published by The New York Sun in 1897.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 25, 2016
  • Another Perspective: Rural Development helps advance NM

    By Terry Brunner

    My time as State Director at the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development ended on Dec. 16. Little did I know when I took this job in 2009 that there were great challenges facing New Mexico’s rural communities and more down the road.