Today's News

  • FYI - News

    The wildfire in southwest New Mexico now is 70 percent contained after charring almost 88,000 acres, according to The Associated Press. The U.S. Forest Service said Saturday that the Miller fire 25 miles north of Silver City is at 87,878 acres. Rugged terrain continues to be a challenge for the nearly 490 firefighters battling the human-caused blaze that began April 28.

  • Que Pasa - May 30, 2011

    • The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31.

    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 1 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Robertson High grads
  • Lost heroes

    We’ll call him our lost hero. He served in Korea, though it could have been any of America’s wars. Early on, he was captured and taken prisoner, and he spent the duration of the war in a POW camp.

    Later he received an honorable discharge from the military, but he never seemed too far removed from those three years he spent in that prison camp.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 30, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Board must prove itself

    When it comes to politics in Las Vegas, the public is always suspicious. A lot of people distrust their elected officials, and they are often justified in their reasons.

    Las Vegas’ history is rife with shady dealmaking,  and often the result has been an accumulation of wealth and power into the hands of a few, while the “rank and file” are left wondering what happened.

  • Grant leaps to a national title

    For the first time in school history, a female athlete from New Mexico Highlands University is a national champion.

    Jillisa Grant earned that distinction by winning the long jump late Thursday in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, a meet being hosted by Cal State-Stanislaus in Turlock, Calif.

    Highlands scored team points in several other events and wound up tied for 13th in the women’s team standings. There were more than 60 schools represented in the meet.

  • Role modeling
  • Veterans in Dallas share one goal

    By Jaime Aron
    AP Sports Writer

    DALLAS  — Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd are at the point in their careers where the only thing they care about is winning a championship.

    Luckily for them, their teammates feel the same way.

  • Miami stars closer to dream

    By Tim Reynolds
    AP Sports Writer

    MIAMI  — Only a year ago, everything in Dwyane Wade’s life was uncertain.

    Former business partners had brought a combination of civil lawsuits, seeking somewhere around $100 million in what they said was the earnings potential of some failed deals. His yearslong divorce battle was still unsettled. Another courtroom fight was looming for custody of his two sons. And the free-agent period was fast-approaching.

    “Very long year,” Wade said Saturday. “Very, very long year.”