Today's News

  • Weather - Sept. 12, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.


  • Executives remain on leave

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Finance Authority is keeping two top executives on administrative leave during investigations over a fake financial audit that has led to arrests by state securities regulators.
    The authority’s governing board on Monday met in a private executive session for more than an hour to discuss what to do about CEO Rick May and Chief Operating Officer John Duff, but no action was taken later during a public meeting to change their suspension from last month.

  • Group donates $198K to Democrats

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A political committee affiliated with New Mexico trial lawyers has donated $198,000 in the past two months to Democratic candidates and political groups helping Democrats retain control of the Legislature, according to a financial disclosure filed Monday.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 12, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Poll: Voters feel better off
    ALBUQUERQUE — A new poll shows that three out of four New Mexico voters feel their personal finances are the same or worse than they were before the recession took hold four years ago.
    The poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal found that 39 percent of voters said their finances were the same, while 37 percent said they were worse off.
    Twenty-three percent said they were better off.
    Two percent of those surveyed said they didn't know.

  • Newlyweds
  • Noticias - Sept. 12, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering counseling services to the community this semester. Call 454-3564. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by the training professor of the Guidance and Counseling Program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 12, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Chocolate-Covered Cookie" by Leslie Valdes. Free and open to the public.

    • Las Vegas Senior Olympics meeting, 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. For more information, call Denise McElroy at 454-1379.

  • Waterless refuge

    The lead story in this month’s newsletter by the Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, La Voz del Refugio, sported an unsurprising headline: “Dry Times on the Refuge.” That’s obvious to anyone who has been out there this summer — the marshes are dry, the fields never really turned green and even the wildlife seems more scarce. It’s no secret that a couple of years of especially dry summers have taken their toll on everything around here, and the refuge is clearly no exception.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 12, 2012
  • Work of Art - 92, and she’s ‘with it’

    Photographing Julia Martinez for the Optic’s Senior Profile feature last week convinced me that hers was by far the easiest interview I’ve helped writer Lupita Gonzales conduct.
    I simply go along for the photos; I let my colleague ask the tough questions.
    So what made it so easy? Probably our conviction that Mrs. Herman Martinez is extremely alert. Yes, she’s 92, but she’s much more “with it” than many people 30 years younger.