Today's News

  • Weather - July 22, 2011

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.

  • FYI - News

    Highlands University is holding an electronics recycling day on Saturday. Community members can drop off unwanted electronics in the Wilson Complex parking lot at Ninth Street and Raynolds Avenue. Items that can be recycled for free include computers, computer monitors, fax machines, scanners, cell phones, batteris and microwaves. TVs can be recycled for  $10 per set.

  • Que Pasa - July 22, 2011

    • Casting for Recovery Retreat at

  • Schedule of events for Wild West Fest

    Submitted to the Optic

    Schedule of events Wild West Fest/“Catch the Kid” Event on Saturday, July 23.

    “Catch the Kid” Kiosk
    The kiosk for the competition will be placed in the Plaza Hotel
    Hay Rides/4 Wagons
    Limo Golf Cart

  • Apodaca tribute concert Sun.

    Submitted to the Optic

    Area resident Antonia Apodaca will be honored during a tribute concert on Sunday, July 23, at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Apodaca lost her home along with decades of musical history and instruments in a  fire earlier this year. The concert is a benefit for her.
    She was born to a family of musicians in Rociada, N.M. A talented guitarist and songwriter, she has an extensive repertoire of traditional Hispanic tunes and songs from northern New Mexico that she learned from her parents and uncles.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN - MEDIOCRE MONSOONS. Despite this week’s rain, the monsoon season has been a disappointment. We need much more moisture to offset dismally dry conditions.
    Meanwhile, other parts of the country are suffering from extreme temperatures, with heat indexes rising as high as 130 degrees in parts of the Midwest. While we’d like to believe that this is just one of those super-hot summers, we fear it’s the new normal. Earth may indeed have passed the “tipping point” toward global warming.

  • ‘An American town ... by Americans only’

    On Nov. 20, 1879, just four months after the railroad arrived, the Daily Optic declared that “East Las Vegas is an American town and will be governed by Americans only.”

    The incendiary words were those of Russell A. Kistler, the founding publisher and editor of the Las Vegas Daily Optic, which published its first issue on July 30, 1879. (Kistler followed the railroad to Las Vegas from Otero, a short-lived rail town which existed about five miles south of Raton, where he first started his newspaper as the Otero Optic.)

  • Little Leaguers wrapping up

    Las Vegas Optic

    While several local La Plaza Little League teams have reached their season’s end, the junior baseball team plays on — with a trip to state this weekend.

    La Plaza’s juniors play their first game at 9 a.m. Saturday at Albuquerque Zia to open tournament play against other top 13-14 baseball all-stars from across New Mexico.

  • North-South
  • Close but no cigar on NFL deal

    By Barry Wilner and Howard Fendrich
    AP Pro Football Writers

    WASHINGTON — NFL players didn’t vote Wednesday on a full proposal to settle the league’s labor dispute, citing several outstanding issues, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.