Today's News

  • Weather - Jan. 25, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 5-10 mph becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

  • Recordings back pay-to-play allegations

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    Transcripts of secretly recorded meetings about state investments during Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration show the governor was calling the shots on decisions that steered millions of dollars to a political supporter’s son, an attorney for a whistleblower alleged Monday.

  • Las Vegas Night at Legislature Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Night at the Legislature is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa in downtown Santa Fe.

    The event is hosted by the City of Las Vegas, San Miguel County Commission, LVSM Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation and New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 25, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Hat” by Jan Brett. The theme for the month is “It’s Snow Time!” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Noticias - Jan. 25, 2012

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

    • Free 2012 Tax Returns – federal and state - will be prepared for low and middle-income taxpayers by Certified AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers. No complicated filings. Do not have to be retired or an AARP member to receive services. Seven days and evenings are scheduled at NM Highlands University, 903 Baca Street (at 9th Street) between Feb. 14 and April 14. Call for an appointment at 505-425-6261 or 479-466-5161.  

  • City made a bad call

    It’s laudable that the city is willing to give a second chance to people who have gotten into trouble with the law. We all make mistakes, and we all deserve a chance at redemption.

    State law doesn’t allow the city to implement an all-out ban on the hiring of felons, and that’s a good thing. As City Manager Timothy Dodge points out, if you take away a person’s ability to make a living, what’s left but for that person to revert to crime?

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 25, 2012
  • Work of Art - When status mattered

    Remember when status in school meant something? Remember when the more popular kids thought of themselves as royalty?

    As a senior today, four times older than when I was the other kind of senior, I look back and wonder why popularity, or lack thereof, mattered.

    Let me explain:

  • HU hoopsters honored for academics

    Six New Mexico Highlands University basketball players have excelled in the classroom as well as the hardwood and are being recognized by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

    Two of them — Cowgirl guards Whitley Coca and Alyssa Lopez — were the front-of-the-class leaders, earning selection to the 2011-12 RMAC All-Academic Second Team. Notably, both Coca and Lopez have also been key players for the Cowgirls in a 9-8 start to the season.

  • Tough takedowns

    Tre Humphrey (125 lbs.) earned two wins over the weekend to highlight the New Mexico Highlands wrestling team’s trek across southern Colorado.

    Highlands lost three duals — the first a 27-10 defeat Friday at league rival Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo., then two losses at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The Air Force varsity pitched a shutout of 44-0, and the USAFA’s Silver (junior varsity) lineup prevailed in a 34-10 team score.