Today's News

  • Slain educators to be honored for bravery

    By John Christoffersen and Pat Eatonrobb
    The Associated Press

    DANBURY, Conn. — As a little girl, Lauren Rousseau would create make-believe classrooms with dolls and a small blackboard. And when a gunman invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School, the substitute with a life-long dream of being a teacher died doing her best to keep the children calm. She read to them, her father said.

  • In Brief - Education - Feb. 8, 2013

    Rio Rancho teacher accused of child abuse

    Police say a Rio Rancho Middle School teacher accused of grabbing two students by the arm and collar during a science class has been arrested on two counts of child abuse.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that 45-year-old Ken Boyd is accused of grabbing a boy who was in the sixth grade by his collar, pushing him backward into a table and yelling at him.
    Authorities say Boyd then dismissed the class except for the boy, turned off the lights and closed the classroom door.

  • Area students attending career workshop today

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Friday, students enrolled in the Accelerate program at Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University are getting an opportunity to practice using skills vital to finding a job, contributing to an organization and establishing a career.  

  • Annual sustainable homes tour scheduled for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The self-guided Sustainable Homes Tour will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Las Vegas Arts Council building at 140 Bridge St., where maps of the featured sites can be obtained.

    Each of the featured buildings can be viewed in any order and experts will be on hand to explain key features.

    Sustainable Las Vegas, the sponsor of this event, announces a long-awaited break-through for potential solar electricity customers in Las Vegas: commercial financing of photovoltaic systems.

  • Noticias - Feb. 8, 2013

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

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 8, 2013

    • Tri-County Family Justice Center Annual Valentines Day Dance, 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Civic Center featuring El Gringo. Tickets are $15 per person and are on sale at the center located at 2534 Ridge Runner Road or by calling (505) 718-7300. They can also be purchased at the door the evening of the event.


  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 8, 2013

    THUMBS UP! WELCOME THE NEW CEO. Kathleen Cahill, a New Mexico native with more than three decades experience in the health care industry, is the new chief executive a Alta Vista, succeeding Maridel Acosta, who left for Roswell after two years here.
    Cahill comes up to the northern part of the state after administrative positions in Las Cruces and Roswell. Here’s hoping for her success here in the Meadow City.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 8, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia - La Voz and the three amigos

    When Felix Martinez acquired La Voz del Pueblo and moved it from Santa Fe to Las Vegas in 1890, he also brought with him its Santa Fe editor and former owner, Enrique H. Salazar, who helped Martinez get the newspaper off the ground in Las Vegas.

    Salazar also penned many of the fiery editorials which first appeared here in La Voz, but he and Martinez soon parted ways, and Salazar would establish another Las Vegas newspaper, El Independiente, which later fell into the hands of political boss Secundino Romero, as will be related in a subsequent column.

  • RHS teams nab key wins

    Robertson’s basketball teams secured a couple of important victories — each significant in its own way — this week.

    The boys’ team pulled a road upset at non-district foe Sandia Prep on Tuesday night in a game that could pay off when state tournament seedings are decided.

    And the girls recorded a clutch win Wednesday at home against always tough Pojoaque Valley.

    Cardinals 71, Sundevils 65
    Sandia Prep (14-5 overall) was the No. 2 ranked team in Class 3A boys’ hoops going into Tuesday’s game.