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Today's News

  • The last word: Departing editor-publisher grateful for experience

    It was a chilly October day in Las Vegas, and I had just driven into town for an interview.

    I parked, and as I was walking to the imposing blue building at 614 Lincoln Avenue, the shimmering gold trees at Lincoln Park caught my eye.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 5, 2017
  • Another Perspective: Storrie Project deal a waste

    By Arthur Ray Gallegos

    I fail to understand why the City of Las Vegas does not thrive. We have a mild seasonal climate, a major interstate highway, Amtrak Station, two postgraduate institutions, several radio stations, golf course, major hospital/dental services, endless real-estate opportunities, an airport to accommodate small jets, diverse recreational opportunities, low crime and what I consider a kind, quaint and friendly atmosphere.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: A Who’s Who among old rodeo/reunion sponsors

    The Rough Riders Cowboys’ Reunion program has sparked a lot of interest with my family and friends who come to visit here at the ranch. My last column was about the rodeo events and a description of the colorful brochure sent to me by long- time friends who now live in the Dallas area. I am so glad this place of our Las Vegas history wasn’t thrown away long ago. It is the August 1954 program and two pages contain a listing of contributors who made this big event possible.

  • Dear Teacher - March 5, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: This year, the elementary school my children attend has become a year-round school. What are the benefits and downsides to this school schedule? — No More Summers

  • prep sports schedule - Spring 2017

    Friday, March 3
    TENNIS
     • Robertson at Roswell Invite, TBA, Roswell

    Saturday, March 4
    BASEBALL
     • Robertson vs. Capital (DH), noon, MMS field
    TENNIS
     • Robertson at Roswell Invite, TBA, Roswell

    Monday, March 6
    BASEBALL
     • Robertson JV at Pojoaque Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Jacona
    SOFTBALL
     • Robertson JV vs. Pojoaque Valley (DH), 3 p.m., RHS field

    Wednesday, March 8
    SOFTBALL

  • AVRH copes with resource issues

    Roughly a year ago, Alta Vista Regional Hospital closed its obstetrics program, citing market conditions including trouble recruiting and retaining physicians.

    The closure doesn’t seem like it will be reversed anytime soon despite concentrated efforts to recruit physicians and nurses.

  • Battling it out - Students ready for high altitude balloon launch

    Editor’s Note: Esperanza Kennedy, a tenth grade student at West Las Vegas High School, wrote this article. Mikah Paiz, a sophomore at West Las Vegas High School, is the lead photographer for this project.

    By Esperanza Kennedy
    For the Optic

    MESA students at West Las Vegas High School are facing a big challenge on Saturday. The students have been working to prepare for a high-altitude balloon launch since mid-February during their MESA class led by teacher Christina Lovato and former West Las Vegas board member Robert Witters.

  • Senate OKs wage hike

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Democrat-led push to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 cleared the state Senate on Wednesday, with limited resistance from Republican lawmakers.

    The Senate-approved bill would raise the pay floor from $7.50 an hour to $9. In a compromise between labor and business interests, the proposal includes an $8 hourly training wage for the first two months of employment and leave out any future adjustments for inflation.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Dems converge on LV

    By Beth Urech

    Last weekend, over 50 members of the Progressive Democrats of America arrived from all over the country for an intense strategic planning session.

    When I entered the Plaza Hotel Ballroom, the mainly middle-aged men and women were already seated. I was introduced to Donna Smith, the executive director. Within thirty seconds, we discovered our mutual love for Hackney’s Onion Loaf, the speciality of a neighborhood restaurant on the street where I live part of the year in Chicago.

    Instant fusion over food is special, and we fused!