Today's News

  • H.U. prof’s composition to be featured in orchestra

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University music professor Edward Harrington’s composition “Four Threads on William Blake” will be featured in the Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s program “New Works by New Mexico’s Composers” starting at 6 p.m. today, Jan. 20.

    The free public presentation will be in Stieren Hall at the Santa Fe Opera campus, 301 Opera Drive.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 20, 2012

    • Selected art works by Antonio Madera will be exhibited in the Ray Drew Gallery until Feb. 17. An artist’s reception will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22 in the gallery located on the first floor of the NMHU Donnelly Library. For more information, contact Bob Read at 454-3338.


  • Noticias - Jan. 20, 2012

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

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.

  • Gov. Perry drops out of race

    By Beth Fouhy
    and David Espo
    The Associated Press

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Newt Gingrich, adding a fresh layer of unpredictability to the campaign two days before the South Carolina primary.

    “Newt’s not perfect, but who among us is?” Perry said. He called the former House speaker a “conservative visionary” best suited to replace Barack Obama in the White House.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 20, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    More N.M. kids falling into poverty

    SANTA FE  — More New Mexico children have fallen into poverty as a result of the recession. That’s according to the newest report from New Mexico Voices for Children.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! CLEAN ENERGY. A sea of solar panels, spread across, 50 acres has been constructed near Las Vegas — the latest of five PNM solar facilities to open across the state in the past year. At its peak the Las Vegas Solar Energy Center will produce enough energy to power about 7,000 homes and will offset about 44 million pounds of carbon dioxide — the equivalent to taking 4,500 cars off the road, according to PNM.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Jan. 20, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - After saying no to slavery, N.M. denied statehood

    Not to know what happened before you were born is to be forever a child. This ancient axiom is especially true about momentous historical events which shaped our destiny.

    As this Centennial series continues, we hope to relate the critical moments which unfolded as New Mexico emerged from a centuries-old outpost of the Spanish empire, to become the 47th American state.

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation

  • Mora holds on to lofty state ranking

    “These two games will really test us,”  Mora girls’ basketball coach Mark Cassidy said on Monday as his Rangerettes prepared to visit Class 3A neighbors West Las Vegas (Wednesday) and Robertson (Friday). “We have not played anyone as good as West and Robertson.”

    The Rangerettes passed the first portion of the exam Wednesday, winning out 60-47 over a young Lady Dons outfit still looking to hit its own stride.