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Today's News

  • Federal money available locally; indoor farmers market in works

    A federal official recently visited Las Vegas to talk about federal money available to the community.

    Terry Brunner, USDA rural development state director, said that New Mexico’s office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program has about $100 million  per year available through its regular program and $140 million in stimulus money available.  

    That money is available through an array of loan and grant programs, he said.

  • Homecoming triumph!

    It didn’t take long Friday night for the West Las Vegas Dons to end their scoreless drought.

    Five minutes and 25 seconds into West’s homecoming game with Crownpoint, George Martinez hit Spencer Parson for an 11-yard touchdown, giving the Dons their first points of the season.

    There would be more where that came from.

    Looking increasingly cohesive, the Dons scored six first-half touchdowns en route to a 49-6 victory in front of a couple thousand fans at Perkins Stadium.

  • LETTER: Dissent doesn't equal disrespect

    An open letter to Congressman Joe Wilson (and those who support his outburst):

    Presidents and their administrations come and go. This country was founded on principles and institutions — and not on individuals. The fastest way to erode the very foundations of this country is to legitimize the disrespect and contempt of these very foundations.

  • LETTER: Medicare is more efficient, too

    I would like to add to Glenn Yocum’s letter to the Optic published Sept. 11. Glenn’s letter indicated that he had received superior service from Medicare personnel than he did from any private insurer he contacted.  

    While I would echo his comments from my own experience, I would add something Glenn may not know. Medicare provides superior service at a much lower cost. The Medicare program spends 97 cents of every tax dollar they receive paying benefits and only 3 cents on administration.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The friends of Carnegie Library would like to extend an enormous thank you to the citizens and businesses of the city of Las Vegas for their overwhelming support of our annual raffle fundraiser. This year, we have five art pieces, donated by local artists that will each make a beautiful addition to the homes of our winners.

  • Dons win homecoming game

    West Las Vegas didn't take long to break its scoreless drought Friday night, and the George Martinez-to-Spencer Parson touchdown was just the beginning. The Dons won their homecoming game in a 49-6 romp over Crownpoint. See Monday Optic for details...

  • RMAC schools top cross-country rankings

    Adams State College is still the school to beat when it comes to distance running in NCAA Division II.

    It’s hardly a surprise, given the string of national championships the Grizzlies own, but ASC is ranked No. 1 in both men’s and women’s polls of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released Sept. 16.

  • Highlands may face budget cuts

    Highlands University officials are bracing for possible budget cuts because of an expected shortfall in revenue at the state level.

    President James Fries told the Board of Regents recently that a decline in state revenue will continue to be an issue for everyone in state government — including institutions of higher education.

    “It’s clear that the state’s revenues are not going to be as high as the projections that were used to create the current budget,” he said.

  • Letter: Caught scrambling for an excuse

    The claims by the Las Vegas mayor and city attorney that they did not have to turn over e-mails between the mayor and city councilors because they were communicated over a private account or a private nongovernment server is like saying that it’s not public record if the mayor and city councilors had a conference call over the mayor’s home phone or held a meeting at the mayor’s house.

      Nothing like “common sense” can effect the thinking of the political mind when scrambling for an excuse.

  • Brothers arrested in couple's 2007 deaths

    Two brothers have been arrested for the 2007 murder of a Las Vegas couple.

    Michael Vigal, 21, and JoeBary Vigal, 18, were taken into custody Monday night for the killing of Stephanie Dimas and Damian Lucero-Ortiz. The brothers were charged with homicide, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.