Today's News

  • Weather - Oct. 31, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 39. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon.  Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:22 a.m. to 6:06 p.m.

  • Optic staff wins 12 awards in press association contest

    Optic Staff and Wire

    SANTA ANA PUEBLO — The Las Vegas Optic won 12 awards this past Saturday during the 104th annual New Mexico Press Association convention.

    The 2011-12 NMPA APME Better Newspaper Contest awards were handed out at the Santa Ana Pueblo resort.

    The Optic’s Maria Sanchez walked away with six awards. She won both first and second place awards for web advertising and house advertising. She also took home second place awards for classified advertising and color advertising.

  • Noticias - Oct. 31, 2012

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

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 31, 2012

    • Tenth Annual Tecolote Haunted Hay Ride, at dusk on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Tecolote Fire Department. Hay ride is $3 each.
    • Halloween Carnival, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Eagles Hall, 211 South Grand. For more information, call Sandra at 429-8937.

  • Constitutional amendments

    Next Tuesday (and this week, as early voting continues through Friday), New Mexico voters will decide on five proposed amendments to the state constitution. Three deal with the state Public Regulation Commission, a powerful state agency in need of some changes, while the other two amendments relate to the state’s system of justice.

    Here’s our recommendation on each of them:

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 31, 2011
  • Work of Art - Sons weren’t one bit scared

    On a particularly scary Halloween night, I darkened our living room and turned on a radio to prepare to be scared out of my wits. Of course, my two older sons, 7 and 10 at the time, were part of the mix, as was the then-1-year-old, Ben, even if he couldn’t yet follow the plot.

    Let me explain:

  • State: Lady Cards earn No. 4 seed

    The Robertson girls’ soccer team will be staying home when the first round of the state soccer tournaments takes place this weekend.
    But it’s good news.

  • NMHU men move to 2-0 in preseason

    Defense set up offense aplenty on Sunday as the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team throttled Virginia-Lynchburg 97-63 before a sparse but spirited crowd at the Wilson Complex.

    The Cowboys repeatedly used heads-up defense to force turnovers and score in transition, contributing to a 52 percent field goal accuracy in the team’s second win of the preseason.

    Erick Vega paced the scoring output with 19 points. Roland Fitch again had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards, and Stuart Sullivan sank five threes to finish with 15 points.

  • Last XC tuneup in Santa Rosa

    Cross country season is nearing the home stretch — with district and state meets taking place over the next two weekends — and local runners got one last tuneup this past Thursday in Santa Rosa.

    Mora’s Alonzo Chavez raced to victory in the boys’ varsity division — his sixth win in eight meets.

    Mora placed second with 65 team points behind Pecos’ 43 in the boys’ race.