Today's News

  • Revisiting the Kid’s death

    Las Vegas Optic

    He was arguably the most notorious outlaw to ever roam the New Mexico Territory.

    Billy the Kid developed a reputation as a young desperado, a stone-cold killer and a bold thief who terrorized New Mexico during its territorial days, although many believe his exploits have been greatly embellished.   

    This month marks the 134th anniversary of Billy the Kid’s death, but he continues to captivate and intrigue historians and regular people alike. And we continue to debate details about his life and death.

  • Luna to offer heavy equipment certification

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College will soon begin offering nationally recognized heavy equipment certifications. Students will be able to get certified in scrapers, bulldozers, all-terrain forklifts, skid loaders, backhoes, wheel loaders, excavators, motor graders and compaction equipment, LCC building trades instructor Joseph Montoya said.  

  • Spacecraft makes flyby of Pluto

    By Marcia Dunn
    AP Aerospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making.

    The moment of closest approach for the New Horizons spacecraft came around 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday, culminating an epic journey from planet Earth that spanned more than 3 billion miles and 9½ years.

  • Looking Back - July 15, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, July 16 — Highlands University’s hope for an immediate start on its new library was momentarily stalled Thursday when bids for the new structure exceeded the money available, Dr. Guy Burris, vice-president of Highlands, said this morning. Bidders and their bids on the library included Pecos Construction Co., Roswell, $839,636; W. R. Bauske and Co., Clovis, $839,843; La Mesa Builders, Albuquerque, $877,0000; and Compton Construction Co., Roswell, $950,654.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 15, 2015

    Block Party Event set for Saturday
    A Block Party/Mural Beautification Event will take place on Saturday, July 18 at 713 Railroad Ave. For more information, call Amistad y Resolana at 425-2687.

  • Weather - July 15, 2015

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5-10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Almost Missoula time

    Submitted to the Optic

    Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to Las Vegas to give our children the opportunity to get up on stage and be a part of a musical theatre production. This year’s play will be Blackbeard the Pirate. Sponsors are Highlands University, Las Vegas Arts Council and corporate sponsor Southwest Capital Bank.

  • Noticias - July 15, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

  • Que Pasa - July 15, 2015


  • Investing in our future

    Emerging research suggests that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years of life. That research reinforces the importance of home visits to at-risk families and early-childhood programs, particularly in states like New Mexico that have long struggled with getting students to succeed in the classroom.

    That’s why last week’s announcement that the West Las Vegas Head Start program had been awarded an $8.2 million grant to expand its existing program is so important to our community.