Today's News

  • Looking Ahead

    Baby Miss and Mister pageant is Sunday

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the third annual Baby Miss and Baby Mister Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. Sunday at the West Las Vegas High School cafeteria. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. For more information, call Philip Ortiz at 505-718-5656.

  • Weather - June 3, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 52. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, becoming calm.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.


  • FYI

    New Mexicans and people from outside the state can fish for free on Saturday in public streams, rivers and lakes, according to The Associated Press. The Department of Game and Fish says no licenses or special permits will be needed although fishing regulations remain in effect, including limits on how many fish anglers can keep.

  • N.M. drought spurs wildfires, hurts farmers

    By Ivan Moreno
    The Associated Press

    Albuquerque and Roswell are on pace for their driest years on record, mirroring conditions across New Mexico that have bolstered large wildfires, hurt crops and forced ranchers to sell livestock they can’t afford to feed.

    Rain has been scarce throughout most of New Mexico, and weather records from Albuquerque and Roswell offer this stark example: The cities have not been this dry during the first five months of a year since 1892, when the state began keeping track.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Crews battling blaze by Sipapu

    TAOS — Aircraft will resume efforts to contain wildfire burning in the Carson National Forest that has scorched about 1.9 square miles in northwest New Mexico and triggered the evacuation of a monastery.

    Five air tankers began fighting the blaze Thursday morning and fire crew are also being helped by helicopters. Carson National Forest Service spokeswoman Dorotea Martinez says that about 170 firefighters are battling the blaze.

  • Lujan retires
  • National Trails day on Sat.

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, June 4 the Santa Fe National Forest and the Santa Fe Chapter of the Back Country Horseman will host a wilderness trail clearing event in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 19th annual National Trails Day. The event will begin at the Aspen Ranch trailhead and will start June 4 and run until June 11.  

  • Que Pasa - June 3, 2011

    • Court Appointed Special Advocates is recruiting volunteers to advocate for children in foster care. Training starts Saturday,  June 4. For more information, call 454-0223 or go to www.casafourrthnm.org.

    • AAUW used book sale with all proceeds going to scholarships for NMHU women students. The sale starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the corner of Seventh Street and University (pink building).

  • Noticias - June 3, 2011

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

    • A survivors fund has been set up for the families of Gene Hern and Frank Romero. The following are the accounts: Children of Gene Hern, Wells Fargo account number 7040660958 and the widow of Frank Romero, Wells Fargo account number 7040660941.

    • The city of Las Vegas employee union has set up memorial funds for Gene Hern and Frank Romero at the State Employees Credit Union. The Hern account number is 3001582700 and the Romero account is 3001582710.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! GOOD DEAL ON EFFLUENT WATER. Responding to criticism that the city was able to protect its landscaping investment but wasn’t letting residents do the same in their yards, Las Vegas city officials sought and obtained state Environment Department permission to allow citizens to purchase and use treated wastewater. The price is great — just a buck and a quarter for a thousand gallons — but the catch, for many people, is in how to get it home and store it until used.